Ilse Derluyn obtained her PhD in Pedagogical Sciences at Ghent University with a dissertation on the emotional well-being of unaccompanied refugee minors. From 2000 until 2002, she worked as a music therapist in a psychiatric hospital. From 2002 she was affiliated at the Department of Orthopedagogics – Ghent University as researcher, first as doctoral researcher, and later as post-doctoral researcher. At the moment she is professor at the department of Social Welfare Studies.
Since the start of the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS), Ilse is the acting as coordinator, later as co-director.