Dr. Ineke Pit-Ten Cate

Ineke Pit-Ten Cate

Research scientist

Fakultät oder Zentrum Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Erziehungswissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften
Department LUCET
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSH, E03 35-280
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 9742

Research Topics: Child cognitive, social and emotional development; inclusive education; special education; teacher decision making; family adjustment to chronic illness and physical disability; social cognition; research design and analyses; psycho-diagnostic assessment; test construction, validity and reliability.

Ineke Pit-ten Cate is a research scientist at the Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) at the University of Luxembourg. She holds MSc degrees in both Experimental Psychology (University of Utrecht) and Pedagogy (University of Nijmegen) and has worked both clinically and academically in different countries. In 2004 she received a Doctoral degree in Psychology (University of Southampton).

Over the years, Dr Pit-ten Cate has collaborated or lead several research projects concerning different topics covering a range of domains in psychology (i.e., educational psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology). She is currently involved in a project concerning the diagnostics of learning disorders in a multilingual context. Her teaching at the University of Luxembourg includes courses within Bachelor of Psychology and the Bachelor of Education as well as the Doctoral School, where she is Director of the Education program.

Dr Pit-ten Cate is registered as a Chartered Health Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and is an active member of the research community. She currently is the President of the Luxembourg Educational Research Association (LuxERA) and regularly acts as ad hoc reviewer for several academic journals and international conferences. Since 2022 she is Associate Editor of Social Psychology of Education.

Last updated on: Mittwoch, den 31. August 2022

Research Interests

Educational science and Psychology of Education: Assessment and diagnostics; Special educational needs; Educational inequality; Teachers´ competence and professional development; Inclusive education; & Social participation and wellbeing.

Health and Developmental Psychology: Family adjustment to chronic illness and physical disability; Chronic illness/disability and psychological wellbeing; Resilience and stress related growth.

Research Methods: Test construction, reliability and validity; Quantitative analyses of behavioural data, executive function, & implicit measures (affective priming, IAT)


Current Research Project

  • Inclusive education: The effect of teacher characteristics and school support on inclusive practice (FNR CORE: INCLUS, Dr Ineke Pit-ten Cate)

Finalized Research Projects

Funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche (Professor Sabine Krolak-Schwerdt): 

  • School transitions from primary to secondary school: Development of intervention strategies to improve the quality of teachers' transition decisions

Funded by the Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (Professor. Jim Stevenson):

  • Developmental, Behavioural and Psychological Characteristics Associated with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida in Middle Childhood
  • A Study of the Cognitive Basis for Educational Problems in Young Adolescents with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida

Funded by University of Southampton Annual Grant Scheme (Ineke Pit-ten Cate & David Daley):

  • Parental distress and child behaviour: the mediating role of expressed emotion
  • Child Behaviour and Parenting Stress over time in families of children with Hydrocephalus. 

  Funded by the ‘Prinses Beatrix Fonds’ (Dr Ineke Loots):

  • Siblings of Children with Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and Multiply Disabilities: problems and Solutions

  Funded by NIMH:

  • Assessment of Development in Young Children with Disabilities
  • Team Collaboration in the Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities


  • Trends in Service Delivery: Psychological Practice in Rehabilitation Setting
  • Pain, Anxiety, and Cooperativeness in Children with Cerebral Palsy After Rhizotomy: Changes throughout Rehabilitation
  • Stress and Family Satisfaction in Parents of Children with Port Wine Stains.

PhD research

Family adjustment to disability and chronic illness in children, University of Southampton. Supervisor: Prof. Jim Stevenson, Advisor: Prof. Richard Hastings

Last updated on: 31 Aug 2022