Meet Stijn

I encourage children to find that inner strength, their inner lion.

Child psychologist, PhD Student at the University of Cape Town,


Stijn is born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He studied Psychology at the University of Amsterdam and graduated his masters Clinical Developmental Psychology in 2017 with Merit.  In 2018 he moved to Cape Town and enrolled as a PhD-student at the University of Cape Town.

He is investigating early socioemotional childhood development, focussing on protective factors that support resilience in a South African Birth Cohort Study. 

Early 2019 he decided that research alone was not sufficient enough for him and he wanted to do more to help the children in the communities. He saw the desperate need for easy, accessible, and safe mental health care and that is why he decided to start Little Lions.