Neeltje van den Bedem coordinates valorisation projects on social acceptance and bullying as part of the NeuroLabNL Startimpuls of the Dutch Research Agenda. As a postdoctoral researcher she examines the content of school-wide anti-bullying interventions in order to improve these programs in line with recent research findings. Neeltje has a background in pedagogical sciences and sign linguistics. She did her PhD project in the Focus on Emotion Lab of Prof. dr. Carolien Rieffe at Leiden University. She examined the psychosocial development of children and adolescents with and without Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and the mediating role of emotional competence.