Carolien Rieffe is PI of the research lab "focus on emotions" in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology, primarily located at the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University, but also connected to University College London (UCL - Institute of Education) and the University of Twente (Human Media Interactions). From 2010-2020, the NSDSK (Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child, Amsterdam) installed an endowed chair for Carolien at Leiden University, who then became professor by special appointment in social and emotional development. Since 2015, Carolien is a visiting professor at UCL. Also, as of September 1, 2020, Carolien is Professor of Social Interaction Technology at the Department of Human Media Interaction of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, at the University of Twente. Her chair focusses on the use of technology for the enhancement social interaction.
Carolien is a member of the LCDS (Leiden Center for Data Science) and of several national committees, such as Female Autism Network of the Netherlands and Musea Bekennen Kleur. She also works in longstanding close collaborations with professional organizations, for example INTER-PSY, Curium, NSDSK, ENT-LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center), Center for Autism, and academic institutions abroad.
She is the lead researcher in the Centre for BOLD Cities' project 'Breaking the cycle'.