Sarah Vahed is the Program Manager of the Radboud Center for Decision Science at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is trained as both a lawyer and experimental psychologist.
Prior to joining the Center, Sarah completed an MSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (cum laude) in the United Kingdom on a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship. Her research investigated self-referential processing and its link to depression through behavioural and EEG analyses, for which she received the faculty award for best MSc project. Before this, Sarah obtained LLB and LLM degrees (specialising in International Law and Children's Rights) in South Africa. Her thesis assessing the constitutionality of child protection legislation in South Africa was awarded the Ismail Mohammad Award for best LLM project by the South African Law Reform Commission. Her studies have also been funded by the Flemish Government (Belgium) and Link-SA Trust (South Africa). After her legal studies, Sarah practised at Africa’s largest law firm (ENSAfrica in Cape Town), and after passing the equivalent of the South African Bar Exam, became enrolled as an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. In addition to her work at the Center, Sarah currently serves as Ambassador at the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Having being involved since its inception, Sarah's work at the Center includes its strategic development, working on outreach initiatives and conducting interdisciplinary experimental research rooted in the Center's Impact Areas.