Online Expert Talk on Perfectionism and Imposter syndrome

The Expert Talks, organised by KU Leuven, create a space for you, as an early-career researcher, to be inspired in your current and future careers. Experts in their respective fields share their knowledge, insights, career stories, and tips and tricks.

About the topic

We argue that our perfectionism drives us to great heights, to excel, and to maintain our edge. We rarely stop to see the cost it carries. Imposter syndrome distorts the way we see ourselves, our performance, and our capabilities. Both reflect our doubts and fears – fear of being judged, fear of failing, fear of not being good enough, fear of not belonging. They’re the product of distorted thinking patterns. Thinking patterns that we can change.

What to expect?
In this 1,5h session we’ll explore the true costs of these doubts and fears and the extent to which they are impacting your productivity, mental clarity, and joy in what you do.

You’ll discover simple ways to notice when your perfectionism or imposter syndrome is tripping you up, as well as simple ways to reshape your inner critic to be more objective and compassionate, so that you are able to thrive thanks to the voice in your head rather than in spite of it.

About the speaker
Desiree Dickerson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specialises in academic mental health and well-being. A former researcher herself, Desiree is now based in Europe and works with leading academic institutions, lab groups, and academics themselves in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.

Date & time

ZOOM online meeting, 27 March 2024, 12.00–13.30


  • DATE
    27 March, 2024
    PhD postdoc ZAP