Registration and abstract submission VNOP/CAS Research Days are now open!

We are happy to announce that the registration and abstract submission for the VNOP/CAS Research Days 2019 are now open! The Research days will take place in Utrecht on November 21 and 22. We invite PhD students and post-docs to submit an abstract! Also, we invite everyone to register!

November 21     12.30 – 21.30h     Workshops & dinner for PhDs & Postdocs
November 22     10.00 – 18.00h     Conference for all researchers

To register and/or submit an abstract (deadline: October 21) see: https://vnopcasresearchdays.sites.uu.nl/

Contact: vnopcas@gmail.com

Save-the-date! 7th Biannual VNOP conference: May 19-20, 2020

Please mark your calendars for the 7th Biennual VNOP Conference, taking place on May 19-20, 2020 at Hotel CASA Amsterdam. Abstract submission and registration will open in November 2019. For questions contact Helle Larsen from the VNOP committee 2020 (University of Amsterdam, H.Larsen@uva.nl).

We are happy to announce that this year there will also be a one-day preconference workshop on ‘Methods in Developmental Psychology Research’. The workshop will be held on May 18, also in Hotel CASA Amsterdam. More information about the workshop will be available soon.

Boek: Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse ontwikkelingspsychologie

Binnenkort verschijnt een boek over leven en werk van Koos van der Werff (1925-2017), onder redactie van Willem Koops, Harke Bosma en Matty van der Meulen. (Titel: Jacobus Johannes van der Werff; zoek-het-zelf.). Hij was de eerste hoogleraar ontwikkelingspsychologie in Groningen, was de oprichter van de Associatie voor Ontwikkelingspsychologie (voorloper van het VNOP), redigeerde (samen met Willem Koops) het in de psychologiestudie veelgebruikte Overzicht van de Ontwikkelingspsychologie, en bestudeerde vooral de ontwikkeling van het zelfconcept. Het boek geeft een bijna intiem inzicht in de geschiedenis van de Groningse en Nederlandse ontwikkelingspsychologie  en is voor alle leden van het VNOP een “must read”.

Het boek (van ong. 200 pagina’s) zal in december verschijnen, kost slechts 25 euro, en men kan door in te schrijven een exemplaar bemachtigen. Wie een exemplaar wil kan zich het beste even per mail wenden tot Willem Koops:  W.Koops@uu.nl

PhD candidate Developmental Psychology RadboudUMC

PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology

Job description

We are looking for a highly capable, eager, and intrinsically motivated PhD candidate. The project is embedded in our developmental psychobiology research group (DPBLab; PI: Prof.dr. Carolina de Weerth) at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). This position is part of a program started with a personal VICI grant awarded to de Weerth by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grant is on children’s gut microbial colonization in relation to stress early in life and later brain functioning, behavior, and cognition. The colonization of the gut by microbes is of interest because it is assumed to play an essential role in children’s physical, behavioral, and cognitive development.

The aim of this PhD project is to examine whether a naturalistic stress-reducing intervention program based on caregiver-infant contact can positively affect infant gut microbial colonization and infant behavioral and cognitive development. In an RCT, caregiver-infant contact in 3-month-old infants starting center-based childcare will be increased in the intervention group during the hours spent in childcare. Trained volunteers will provide this extra caregiver-infant contact.

For more information: see www.dpblab/research/opportunities or mail Prof. Carolina de Weerth: carolina.deweerth@radboudumc.nl

Deadline 26 september

REMINDER Job opening: Assistant Professor in the field of Aging/ Lifespan Psychology, Tilburg University

The Tilburg University department of Developmental Psychology is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Aging/ Lifespan Psychology, tenure track (1.0 fte, 5 years). Deadline for applying: August 31, 2019.

Description

Due to increasing life expectancy, society in many western countries is aging rapidly. Advancing age increases the risk for cognitive, physical and social challenges, which can have a negative impact on physical and mental health and engagement in social activities. Hence, adaptive coping with these age-related challenges can significantly improve individuals’ quality of life and contribute to aging proactively. However, individuals are differently affected and react differently to age-related challenges. We are interested in which personal characteristics and behaviors (e.g., genetics, brain mechanisms, cognition, life-style, self-regulation, motivation, personality) account for these inter-individual differences and act as protective or risk factors in the diversity of the aging process. In addition, we are also interested in examining which and how these personal characteristics and behaviors can be adjusted and influenced to the better.

We are looking for a candidate, who likes to work in an interdisciplinary research environment. This includes collaborating with members of the department on cognitive aging, personality development and/or forensic psychology. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to research collaborations across departments at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences with a focus on successful aging.

More information

Click here to see a detailed description of the vacancy.





Registration now open: CAS symposium Family Dynamics and Psychopathology of Parents and Children: Implications for Prevention and Intervention

(keynote by Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)
2 July 2019 | Het Oude TolhuysUtrecht

We are delighted to invite you to our CAS symposium on Family Dynamics and Psychopathology of Parents and Children: Implications for Prevention and Intervention. Registration is now open.

Program (full program)

Afternoon session: Symposium
In the afternoon session, there will be presentations on parent-child dynamics, the transmission of problem behaviors, and (best) practices to help families. Participants are invited to attend the talk by our keynote speaker Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck from Griffith University, Australia, followed by two sessions on 1) parenting and psychopathology, and 2) parenting and effective treatment. The program will end with an interactive panel discussion, followed by drinks.

Morning session: Focus groups – limited participation (early career researchers only!)

Before the afternoon symposium, we invite interested young researchers to attend one of three interactive focus groups that will connect researchers and experts. Each focus group will target one specific topic in the field of developmental psychology (see below) and is set to a maximum of 15 participants per focus group to allow in-depth exchange and discussion. Active participation is highly encouraged! You can choose between one of the following topics:

Focus group 1 – From Parenting Research to Practice.

Focus group 2 – Adapting Interventions: What is Best for Families?

Focus group 3 – Interdisciplinary Research: Integrating Different Fields and Factors.

Please note that there is only a limited number of places available for this part of the symposium (15 participants per focus group). The morning sessions will include lunch for participants and speakers. 


Registration

Registration before 20 June is required. Attending the symposium is free of charge.

Please register here.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

Job opening: Assistant Professor in the field of Aging/ Lifespan Psychology, Tilburg University

The Tilburg University department of Developmental Psychology is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Aging/ Lifespan Psychology, tenure track (1.0 fte, 5 years)

Description

Due to increasing life expectancy, society in many western countries is aging rapidly. Advancing age increases the risk for cognitive, physical and social challenges, which can have a negative impact on physical and mental health and engagement in social activities. Hence, adaptive coping with these age-related challenges can significantly improve individuals’ quality of life and contribute to aging proactively. However, individuals are differently affected and react differently to age-related challenges. We are interested in which personal characteristics and behaviors (e.g., genetics, brain mechanisms, cognition, life-style, self-regulation, motivation, personality) account for these inter-individual differences and act as protective or risk factors in the diversity of the aging process. In addition, we are also interested in examining which and how these personal characteristics and behaviors can be adjusted and influenced to the better.

We are looking for a candidate, who likes to work in an interdisciplinary research environment. This includes collaborating with members of the department on cognitive aging, personality development and/or forensic psychology. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to research collaborations across departments at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences with a focus on successful aging.

More information

Click here to see a detailed description of the vacancy.

Postdoc vacature in het Brain and Development Research Center, Universiteit Leiden

Projectbeschrijving

Het project “Raging hormones in the gifted: Anxiety, peer relations and giftedness in emerging adolescence” staat onder leiding van dr. Kiki Zanolie en dr. Marieke Bos bij de afdeling Ontwikkelings- en Onderwijspsychologie in het Brain & Development Research Center. In dit project wordt onderzocht hoe sociale relaties van invloed zijn op mentale gezondheid van adolescenten (typisch ontwikkelende en hoogbegaafde adolescenten) en hoe dit samenhangt met puberteits-veranderingen gedurende de adolescentie. Het project richt zich op twee belangrijke processen voor mentale gezondheid: i) het uitdoven van angst (extinctie leren) wat mogelijk ten opzichte van de kindertijd en volwassenheid is verminderd en ii) sociale status (b.v. populair vs afgewezen status).

Taken

De post-doc heeft als taak om een experimentele studie op te zetten en uit te voeren naar de rol van leeftijdsgenoten op mentale gezondheid in typisch ontwikkelende en hoogbegaafde kinderen. Het onderzoek zal zich richten op twee processen die karakteristiek zijn voor de transitie van kindertijd naar adolescentie: i) extinctie leren en ii) sociale status. De post-doc zal het onderzoek uitvoeren en hierover rapporteren in peer-reviewed internationale wetenschappelijke tijdschriften.

Jouw profiel

  • Gepromoveerd in ontwikkelingspsychologie, klinische psychologie, gezondheidspsychologie of een gerelateerd vakgebied
  • Ambitie om een topwetenschapper te worden;
  • Zeer gemotiveerd en met interesse in het onderwerp van dit project;
  • Affiniteit (en bij voorkeur ervaring) met programmeren (e-prime) en pre-registratie;
  • Uitstekende beheersing van de Nederlandse en Engelse taal;
  • Goede sociale en organisatorische vaardigheden.

Wij bieden

De positie is per direct beschikbaar met uiterlijke startdatum van 1 augustus 2019 voor de duur van één jaar. Het betreft een aanstelling van 0.8 fte, salaris schaal 11.0 , conform de CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten.

Informatie

Voor meer informatie over de vacature kunt u contact opnemen met Dr. Marieke Bos

e-mail: m.g.n.bos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl en Dr. Kiki Zanolie email: c.k.k.zanolie@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Solliciteren?

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/vacatures/2019/q2/19-165-postdoc-ontwikkelingspsychologie

Academic vacancy in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of KU Leuven

Topic: Pedagogical care for children and adolescents with severe behavioural and pedagogical/parenting problems.

Deadline for applications: 28 March 2019

Description: There is a full-time academic vacancy in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of KU Leuven (Belgium), in the ‘Parenting and Special Education’ research unit (in Dutch: Gezins- en Orthopedagogiek). The position consists of academic teaching, research, and services to the community. Candidates are expected to have an excellent or promising research profile, and excellent and demonstrated teaching skills in the domain of pedagogical care for children and adolescents with severe behavioural and pedagogical/parenting problems.

Interested?
https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54978998?hl=en&lang=en (English) https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/54978998?hl=nl&lang=nl (Dutch)

Summer school Analyzing Classroom Interaction

Summer school Analyzing Classroom Interaction

Dates: 8 – 12 July 2019

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2019

Website: https://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2019/analyzing-classroom-interaction/

Description: Understanding social interactions is key for understanding learning and socialization processes. In the summer school Analyzing Classroom Interactions, we place these moment-to-moment interactions in the foreground. You will gain a rich set of tools designed to analyze classroom interactions as they unfold from moment to moment. This includes a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, from Conversation analysis, T-patterns Analysis, to Statistical Discourse Analysis. You will also engage in discussions regarding the theoretical underpinnings of adopting an interactional approach, the practical considerations necessary for dealing with interactional data, and how your own research questions fit into all of this. This summer school is intended for anyone who is curious about how classroom dynamics evolve from moment to moment, and how you – as a researcher – can capture these dynamics and their consequences.

Place: Groningen

Contact: aci.summerschool@rug.nl

VNOP Labvisit 2019 April 9th

Dear VNOP members,


The VNOP Lab Visit at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is scheduled on Tuesday April 9th, 2019. 11:00-16:30. We will demonstrate innovative tools such as mobile stress measurements (including devices applicable to large groups or hair measures), (epi)genetics, mobile and standard EEG measures and various new apps. Practical challenges will be linked with research questions and outcomes. The day will end with an overview of our projects during a poster session and drinks. A more detailed program will be provided soon.
Program VNOP Lab Visit
11:00 – 11:15: Welcome and introduction (including coffee/tea and cookies)
11:15 – 12:30: Demo’s
12:30 – 13:45: Lunch (provided)
13:45 – 15:15: Demo’s
15.15 – 16.30: Poster session and drinks
Sign up now!
For VNOP-members this day is free of charge, non-members have to pay 25 euro to become a VNOP member for two years. If you want to attend or have any further questions, please contact Sander Begeer (S.Begeer@vu.nl) or Marieke Buil (J.M.Buil@vu.nl).
We hope to see you all on April 9th, 2019!
On behalf of the organization, Marieke Buil and Sander Begeer

Radboud Summer School course ‘Peer Relations and Interactions in Childhood and Adolescence’

Radboud Summer School organizes a summer course on peer relations and interactions in childhood and adolescence from Monday July 1 to Friday July 5, 2019. During this interactive course you will gain extensive knowledge of past and current peer relations research. You will also learn to use state of the art research measures and paradigms to assess peer relations and interactions, and can discuss your own work.

The course will be taught by the members of the Peer Relations Lab at Radboud University (peerlab). Course leader is Prof. dr. Toon Cillessen.

Course credits (2ECTS) can be given for the course. Early Bird registration deadline: 1 March 2019. For more information, see: https://www.ru.nl/radboudsummerschool/courses/2019/peer-relations-interactions-childhood-adolescence/

Call for applications for the 2019 EADP-EARA-SRA Summer School

In 2019, EADP, EARA and SRA will again jointly organize a Summer School focusing on research on adolescence. The Summer School is a training ground for young scholars interested in adolescent development. The Summer Schools bring together established researchers, recognized for their expertise and teaching abilities with doctoral students from around the globe, for several intensive days of research training. The training includes exposure to innovative and creative research, as well as workshops focusing on professional skills. The summer schools have given students enthusiasm to search for scientific guidance outside of the borders of their countries and the walls of their universities.

The Summer School will be held in Greece from August 26 to 29 (just before the ECDP2019 conference), with arrival on August 25. The site for the school will be in Kalamata, a nice town of the Peloponnese peninsula. The summer school will be directed by Susan Branje, Lisa Kiang, and Katariina Salmela-Aro. The Senior Scholars participating this year include (in alphabetical order): Rob Crosnoe, Linda Juang, Tina Malti, Katariina Salmela-Aro, and Michiel Westenberg, and Ellen Hamaker as school methodologist.

We invite doctoral students in any part of the world to apply. A total of 24 students (8 per association) will be selected on the basis of their academic records, research experience, letters of recommendation, and overall evidence of scientific aptitude and competence. Students who apply should have their doctoral research planned or underway, but not completed, so that they can benefit from the critiques given during the school. Students will have to cover their own travel costs, with accommodations from August 25 to 29 and meals from August 26 to 29 paid for by the School. US students (whose travel costs are expected to be substantially higher) can opt for an SRA travel fellowship.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

 Send the following documents in English, saved as Word (.docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files.

  1. Your curriculum vitae (labeled yourname.cv.docx)
  2. A short description of your dissertation topic and progress so far (1-2 pages double spaced), (labeled yourname.dissertation.docx)
  3. A recommendation letter from your supervisor (labeled yourname.docx).
  4. You need to be a member of EARA, EADP or SRA upon acceptance for the school. Indicate your (anticipated) membership(s) in your application.

Send the files, by email, to the 2019 EADP-EARA-SRA Summer School committee through Minke Krijnen, m.a.krijnen@uu.nl.

Applications must be received by May 1st, 2019. All applications received by that date will be evaluated by members of the EADP-EARA-SRA Summer School Committee, with notifications emailed before the early bird registration deadline of the ECDP2019 conference, May 31, 2019.

Current Perspectives on Adolescent Risk Taking Symposium Leiden

Dear VNOP members,

Please see the invitation below to a symposium on adolescent risk-taking, celebrating Neeltje Blankenstein’s PhD defense.

Current Perspectives on Adolescent Risk Taking symposium

When: February 15th 2019, 13.30-17.00

Where: Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Lange Sint Agnietenstraat 10, Leiden

https://rijksmuseumboerhaave.nl/bezoek/

On February 14, 2019, Neeltje Blankenstein will defend her dissertation: “Risky business? Behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying risky decision-making in adolescents” at Leiden University. As part of the festivities surrounding her defense, the Brain and Development Research Center is organizing a Current Perspectives on Adolescent Risk Taking symposium on February 15, 2019.

Symposium Schedule
13:30 – 14:00 Welcome with coffee & tea
14:00 – 14:05 Introduction
14:05 – 15:00 Keynote: Eva Telzer, University of North Carolina
15:00 – 15:20 Barbara Braams, VU University Amsterdam
15:20 – 15.40 Break with coffee & tea
15:40 – 16:00 Tycho Dekkers, University of Amsterdam
16:00 – 16:20 Neeltje Blankenstein, Leiden University
16:20 – 16:40 Simon Ciranka, Max Planck Institute Berlin
16:40 – 17:00 Wrap up and discussion

Attendance is free, but space is limited, so we encourage you to register by filling out this online registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/VBiJVONmjkrxgXRf1

Stay tuned for updates on our website: https://www.brainanddevelopmentlab.nl/index.php/news/331-february-2018-neeltje-s-defense-and-adolescent-risk-taking-symposium

We look forward to seeing you there!  

Anna van Duijvenvoorde, Eveline Crone, and Neeltje Blankenstein

PhD position

We are looking for a highly capable, eager, and intrinsically motivated PhD candidate. The project is embedded in the Developmental Psychobiology Lab (DPBLab; PI: Prof.dr. Carolina de Weerth) at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). This position is funded by a personal VICI grant awarded to de Weerth and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grant is on healthy children’s gut microbial colonization in relation to stress early in life and later brain functioning, behavior, and cognition.
The aim of this PhD project is to test a new psychobiological model of human development within an ongoing longitudinal study in healthy children (BIBO study). In this model, early life gut microbiota mediates the associations between stress early in life and adolescent brain, behavior, and cognition. As previously shown in mice, adolescence may constitute an additional sensitive period in development, next to early life, in which dysregulation of the microbiota-gut-brain axis may contribute to what are often first manifestations of psychopathology. In this study, we will hence study the independent and potentially combined contributions of stress and microbiota in early life and in adolescence on brain structure, brain function, behavior problems, and cognitive capacities.
Application deadline: February 15th
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Carolina de Weerth
The full advertisement and application procedure can be found via the link below: