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Dr R. (Riet) van Bork

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Psychological Methods
Photographer: Riet van Bork

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
Postal address
  • Postbus 15906
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I am an assistant professor at the Psychological Methods department. I received my PhD in 2019, for my dissertation on the interpretation of psychometric models.

    My research interest lies at the intersection of psychological methods, statistics and philosophy. Some examples of questions that I have worked on: What are the implications of interpreting psychometric models as causal models or as summaries of the data? Are equivalent models the same model? What are possible chance experiments that result in the response variables in a factor model or IRT model being ‘random variables’? What is actually ‘observed’ in ‘observed variables’?

  • Publications


    • Borsboom, D., Deserno, M. K., Rhemtulla, M., Epskamp, S., Fried, E. I., McNally, R. J., Robinaugh, D. J., Perugini, M., Dalege, J., Costantini, G., Isvoranu, A. M., Wysocki, A. C., van Borkulo, C. D., van Bork, R., & Waldorp, L. J. (2021). Network analysis of multivariate data in psychological science. Nature Reviews Methods Primers, 1(1), 1. [58].
    • van Bork, R., Rhemtulla, M., Waldorp, L. J., Kruis, J., Rezvanifar, S., & Borsboom, D. (2021). Latent Variable Models and Networks: Statistical Equivalence and Testability. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 175–198. [2].



    • Bernstein, E. E., Kleiman, E. M., van Bork, R., Moriarity, D. P., Mac Giollabhui, N., McNally, R. J., Abramson, L. Y., & Alloy, L. B. (2019). Unique and predictive relationships between components of cognitive vulnerability and symptoms of depression. Depression and Anxiety, 36(10), 950-959.




    • Langley, D. J., Wijn, R., Epskamp, S., & van Bork, R. (2016). Encouraging vaccination behavior through online social media. In F. D'Ascenzo, M. Magni, A. Lazazzara, & S. Za (Eds.), Blurring the Boundaries Through Digital Innovation: Individual, Organizational, and Societal Challenges (pp. 307-318). (Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation; Vol. 19). Springer. [details]


    • Aarts, A. A., et al., U., Borsboom, D., Columbus, S., den Bezemer, B., Deserno, M. K., ... Wagenmakers, E-J. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251), 943. [aac4716]. [details]
    • Langley, D. J., Wijn, R., Epskamp, S., & van Bork, R. (2015). Should I get that jab? Exploring influence to encourage vaccination via online social media. In ECIS 2015 Research-in-Progress Papers [64] AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). [details]
    • Rhemtulla, M., van Bork, R., & Borsboom, D. (2015). Calling models with causal indicators "measurement models" implies more than they can deliver. Measurement, 13(1), 59-62. [details]


    • van Bork, R., van Borkulo, C. D., Waldorp, L. J., Cramer, A. O. J., & Borsboom, D. (2018). Network Models for Clinical Psychology. In Stevens' handbook of experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience (Vol. 5, pp. 1-35)




    • van Bork, R. (2015). Psychology Master Thesis Prize..

    Talk / presentation

    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (18-7-2019). Turning models upside down: A causal theory of error scores., 84th annual meeting of the psychometric society (IMPS), Santiago.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (5-7-2019). Networks and Latent Variables: Two Frameworks for Understanding Psychopathology., 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), Buenos Aires.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (11-10-2018). A network perspective on psychopathology, Donders Discussions, 2018, Nijmegen, Nijmegen.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (28-8-2018). Teach one session at Psychological Networks Amsterdam Summer School 2018, Psychological Networks Amsterdam Summer School 2018, Amsterdam.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (25-5-2018). Simplicity of networks and factor models, 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (30-1-2018). Teach one session at Psychological Networks Amsterdam Winter School 2018, Psychological Networks Amsterdam Winter School (PNAWS) 2018 , Amsterdam.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (21-9-2017). Introducing Network Models for Quality of Life, Congres ISOQOL-NL 2017.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (29-8-2017). Teach one session at Psychological Networks Amsterdam Summer School 2017, Psychological Networks Amsterdam Summer School 2017.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (18-7-2017). Model Simplicity of networks and latent variable models, 82nd Annual Meeting of the Psychometric Society, Zurich.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (29-9-2016). On the identity of variables: An intensional approach in understanding the latent variable model..
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (27-5-2016). Distinguishing latent variable models and network models., 28th APS Annual Convention, Chicago, USA.
    • van Bork, R. (speaker) (13-7-2015). Latent variable and network model implications for partial correlation structures., IMPS, Beijing.


    • van Bork, R. (organiser) (15-7-2019 - 19-7-2019). Symposium: Theory and assumptions underlying psychometric practice., Santiago. Symposium on Theory and assumptions underlying psychometric practice, as part of the 84th annual meeting of the psychometric society (IMPS) held in (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Bork, R. (organiser) (12-7-2015 - 16-7-2015). IMPS, Beijing. Symposium New Developments in Network Psychometrics. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


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