Sanne JW Willems

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About me

I am an assistant professor at the Methodology & Statistics unit of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. I have strong interest in the communication of statistics and like to collaborate in interdisciplinary projects on this topic.

Research interests

  • Optimal scaling regression, specifically in GLMs and survival analysis
  • Statistics Communication and (in)numeracy

Selection of current activities

  • Research project: Optimal Scaling in GLMs, including the development of an R-package
  • Research project: Using factchecks to combat misleading graphs, collaboration with Winnifred Wijnker, Ionica Smeets and Peter Burger. Funded by LUF Lustrum Subsidy.
  • Education project: Implementation of lesson plan to improve critical thinking regarding statistics in secondary school students – lesson plan developed by students from the Science Communication & Society master specialisation (Annelies Smit, Jesse van Welzenes, Manon Boot,¬† Neele Dijkstra and Soraya Schachtschabel)
  • Reading group: “Statistics Communication and (in)numeracy
  • Activities for the¬†Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research (VVSOR):


E-mail: s.j.w.willems “at”