Dissertation defence Eduard Klapwijk & Symposium on Neural bases of Prosocial and Antisocial behavior

Dear VNOP members,

You are all invited to the public dissertation defence of Eduard Klapwijk, taking place next Tuesday 23-1-2018 from 16:15 – 17:00 in Leiden. His dissertation title is: Neural mechanisms of social-emotional dysfunction in autism spectrum disorder and conduct disorder”.

For location details, visit this link. No registration is necessary.

Leading up to this PhD defence, a symposium on the neural bases of prosocial and antisocial behavior will take place at the same location from 11:00 – 14:00 (lunch is included). More information about this symposium can be found here. Registration is free and still open. Register for the symposium here!

Reminder: VNOP Lab Meeting in Groningen, 23-01-2018

Lab Meeting Developmental psychology, Groningen. Do not miss the chance to travel to the wonderful city of Groningen, and visit an interesting department!

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Program VNOP Lab meeting 23-01-2018

      • 10.00-10.30 Coffee
      • 10.30-11.30 Introduction by Prof. Peter de Jonge

Bertus Jeronimus Hoe gek is NL (How nuts are the Dutch)?
Ruud den Hartigh. Recilience in sports from a dynamic systems perpective.

      • 11.30-12.15 lab demonstrations:

Frank Blaauw: Performing personalized psychopathology research on a national scale? Come and see the cloud architecture of HoeGekIsNL!
Ruud den Hartigh and Yannick Hill. Demonstration of equipment

      • 12.15-13.15 lunch
      • 13.15-14.30 Presentations

Mandy van der Gaag: How to develop theory and hypotheses on complex individual processes: performing theoretical simulation studies.
Nick Snell: u-can-act: weekly assessment of mentors and student to analyze the processes prior to dropout.
Naomi de Ruiter: Thinking about, and measuring, self-esteem as moment-to-moment dynamic proces.
And more ……

      • 14.30-15.30 lab demonstrations

Mandy van der Gaag: Demonstrating simulations of the career choice process
Nick Snell: A demonstration of the webapps in the u-can-act research project
Naomi de Ruiter: Coding observations: a demonstration

      • 15.30-16.15 Discussion
      • 16.15 Closing by Saskia Kunnen

The meeting will be at the Faculty of Social Schience, Hortus complex, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1 9712 TS in Groningen, the plenary room is B.0126 (Gadourekzaal).
Attendance is free, however, we ask you to register because of the lunch arrangement. Please send an email to Lesley Braun-Medendorp, l.a.braun@rug.nl
For more information please contact Saskia Kunnen, e.s.kunnen@rug.nl

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VNOP 2018 Dissertation Award

The VNOP announces the 2018 dissertation award! This biennial price is awarded to the best dissertation written by VNOP members, with at least one of the supervisors also being a VNOP member. Eligible are candidates who defended/are going to defend their dissertation between March 1, 2016 and March 1, 2018. The winner will receive a certificate and 250 euro.
The award will be presented during the 2018 VNOP conference, which takes place on May 15-16, 2018 at Hof van Wageningen (for more info, see 2018.vnop.nl).

Candidates should submit the following materials before March 1, 2018 by e-mail to the secretariat of the committee: t.a.klimstra@uvt.nl:
– A digital version of their dissertation
– A plea of one of their (co-) promotors of why the candidate deserves the award

Please visit the DissertationAward Page for more details on this award. We are looking forward to receiving your nominations!

Paul van Geert paper prize

Dear VNOP members,

After the retirement of prof. Paul van Geert from the Department of Developmental Psychology a new paper award is initiated by his successor, prof. Peter de Jonge.
The criteria can be found below.

 Criteria and regulations for the Paul van Geert award

The Paul van Geert award is a biennial prize that is granted to the best paper concerning a dynamic approach to psychological development, written  by AIO’s or post-docs. The paper may be theoretical, methodological or empirical, as long as it addresses a dynamic approach to developmental processes in psychology. The winner should attend the VNOP (The Dutch organization on Developmental Psychology)  conference, and that automatically implies  VNOP membership for two years.

The award consists of a certificate and 250 euro.

The award is presented during the biennial VNOP conference. The papers  have to be published during the period of two years between March 1st of the year of the previous conference to March 1st of the year of the actual VNOP conference. The authors should be AIO or post doc at the time of submission of the paper.

  1. The jury for this award consists of (associate) professors of with expertise in both developmental psychology and in dynamic systems theory.
  2. Announcement of the committee is the responsibility of the award committee.
  3. The award committee consists the head of the department developmental psychology and the secretary.
  4. The jury itself decides on the procedure they aim to follow to make a choice.
  5. The jury is practically supported by the secretary of Developmental psychology in Groningen.
  6. The award committee sends out a call to send the paper and aim for the price each January before the VNOP conference. The call is send out via the VNOP, the ICPE and other appropriate media. The candidate submits a digital version of the paper, together with a plea from one of his/her supervisors in which the supervisor argues why this paper deserves to receive the award. The paper and the plea are send to the secretary of developmental psychology in Groningen before the first of March following the call.

Mail address l.boer-bethlehem@rug.nl

  1. The jury select three nominees and the winner before the first of May of each conference year. In the jury report the jury describes the procedure they followed, and the arguments they used for selection. Not nominated papers are not mentioned. This report is presented during the next VNOP board meeting.
  2. The winner will be announced during the Business Meeting (ALV) of the VNOP meeting.
  3. The award committee takes care that the award can be handed over by a member of the jury during the  ALV.

Saskia Kunnen

Call for Abstracts VNOP Conference 2018, May15-16 Wageningen

Deadline Tomorrow!

VNOP Conference 2018
May 15th – 16th at ‘Hof van Wageningen’

We invite you to contribute to the upcoming conference of the ‘Vereniging Nederlandse Ontwikkelings Psychologie in 2018’.

Deadline for abstract submissions is 18th of December 2017.

You can submit the following types of contributions:

  1. A complete symposium
  2. A single paper presentation
  3. A single poster presentation

A symposium should consist of 3 paper submissions and a discussion led by a 4th contributor or 4 paper submissions. Researchers presenting in the symposium should be from at least 2 different universities.

In addition to the symposia, submission is now also open for single presentations. These will be scheduled to present their paper in the format of a Flash Talk (5 minute presentations with 5 slides maximum; more detailed information on Flash Talk presentations will follow).

Conference attendees are allowed to submit 1 paper presentation (either in a symposium or a single paper presentation) and 1 poster presentation. We want to emphasize that both senior and junior researchers (including Research Master students) are encouraged to submit!

Information you will need to fill in for abstract submission is: name(s), affiliation(s) (of all contributors and discussant if applicable), email address of presenting author, submission title, keywords (max. 5), an abstract (max 250 words) for each presentation or poster, and an integrative abstract (max 250 words) in case of a symposium.

Decisions will be announced by March 1st 2018.

For more information about the conference: http://2018.vnop.nl/
For submitting an abstract go to: http://2018.vnop.nl/submission
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Questions? Please e-mail the conference organization at congres2018@vnop.nl
Feel free to submit about your study also to JPS2018.com in Amsterdam (two weeks later) too reach an international audience.

Kind regards from the VNOP 2018 conference organization,
Berna Güroglu, Anne Miers, Sabine Peters, Jochem Spaans & Lara Wierenga

VNOP lab meeting, 23-01-2018 in Groningen

We invite all VNOP members and other PhD students, post docs an staff members interested in developmental psychology to our lab meeting, Tuesday the 23rd of January, in Groningen.

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The meeting will be at the Faculty of Social Schience, Hortus complex, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1 9712 TS in Groningen, the plenary room is  B.0126 (Gadourekzaal). After registering we send you details about the location, ettc.

Attendance is free, however, we ask you to register because of the lunch arrangement. Please send an email to  Lesley Braun-Medendorp, l.a.braun@rug.nl

For more information please contact Saskia Kunnen, e.s.kunnen@rug.nl

New PhD position available in developmental neuroimaging – Neurolab NL

New PhD position in developmental neuroimaging – Neurolab NL

The project is financed by an OCW-Startimpuls grant and is part of the new NWA program NeurolabNL: Optimal conditions for learning and safety of youth. The goal of this program is to utilize knowledge on behavior and neurology to understand how youth obtain knowledge, learn skills, deal with challenges in society, and how they can develop optimally. In total, 8 post doc positions and 3 PhD students will be recruited for this program. The program is based on a collaboration between 10 universities and scientific partners, to create optimal conditions to answer these questions.

Project description PhD position

In this PhD project you will investigate how the willingness to invest effort affects reinforcement learning. You will do so in a set of behavioural and fMRI studies in which you investigate the effects of 1) age (children, adolescents, adults) and educational level; 2) state, e.g. the amount of sleep; and 3) motivation, e.g. by inducing a growth instead of fixed mindset or by inducing a sense of autonomy. An important aim of the project is to generate knowledge and tools that can be applied in educational practice.

Additional information:

  • The project is a cooperation between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Lydia Krabbendam), Leiden University (Anna van Duijvenvoorde) and the University of Amsterdam (Hilde Huizenga);
  • The project is embedded in the psychology research institute of the University of Amsterdam. The Department of Psychologyis internationally renowned for its high quality research, with #11 in the QS psychology world ranking, the highest of continental Europe;
  • The project consists of .875 fte research and .125 fte teaching. Teaching activities include supervision of bachelor and (research) master theses, which might yield publishable data;
  • We also have to offer a competitive pay and excellent benefits; a very friendly, interactive and international working environment and an office located in the city centre of one of Europe’s most beautiful and lively cities.


The candidate should:

  • Have completed a research master (or expected graduation within 3 months) with a focus on neuroimaging, developmental or educational research;
  • Have excellent writing skills;
  • Be very well able to work in a team;
  • Have acquired sufficient Dutch oral proficiency by June 2018.

The following will count in favour of the candidate: experience with FSL; experience with effort discounting and/or reinforcement learning; experience with developmental populations.

Further information


The full-time appointment will be for a period of 12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year.

The gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the final year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week. The annual salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and a 8,3 % end-of-year bonus, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses qualifications, a current resume and a list of grades. You may send your application (with job number 17-598) to opsecretariaat-fmg@uva.nl. #LI-DNP

The first round of interviews will be held on Thursday 21 December 2017.
The preferred starting date is 1 January 2018

No agencies please

Open position for an assistant / associate professor

We have an open position for an assistant or associate professor in Developmental Psychopathology.

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We’re looking for a smart, inspiring colleague to join our faculty. Applicants will preferably have research expertise in anxiety and/or depression in children and/or adolescents. A particular interest in working with a multidisciplinary team of graduate students, faculty, programmers and designers on projects aimed at developing and evaluating tech-based mental health interventions (e.g. applied games and interactive social apps) are encouraged to apply. We’re particularly keen on people who would be motivated to work in collaboration with the Games for Emotional and Mental Health Lab (www.gemhlab.com).

International colleagues are welcome to apply but being able to contribute to teaching is an important requirement (teaching in English is fine as long as there is relevant expertise in developmental psychology/psychopathology).

If you know any potential candidates, please point them to our online application process and/or email me directly for more information. If you can forward to any other departments or faculty with potential candidates, I’d appreciate it. I’ve attached the ad for the job as well as the link below.


Thanks so much!

Isabela Granic, Professor
Behavioural Science Institute
Chair, Developmental Psychopathology
Radboud University Nijmegen

Trainings in Key Attachment Measures, Cambridge, UK June 4-8th 2018

Trainings in Key Attachment Measures, Cambridge University, UK June 4-8th 2018

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In juni 2018 worden er in Cambridge twee workshops georganiseerd: 1 in het coderen van gedesorganiseerde gehechtheid (voor mensen die al betrouwbaar zijn in de Ainsworth ABC classificaties), en 1 in het coderen van parental sensitivity.

Sophie Reijman, Universiteit van Cambridge

Empathie: Typische En Atypische Ontwikkeling

Dr. Minet de Wied, onderzoeker aan de Universiteit Utrecht, organiseert op dinsdag 28 november het symposium “Empathie: Typische en atypische ontwikkeling”.

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Het symposium is voor professionals uit het forensisch veld die meer willen weten over empathie, empathieproblemen en het meten van empathie. Zes onderzoekers van verschillende instellingen presenteren hun inzichten op het gebied van empathie (zie flyer voor het programma).

Het symposium vindt plaats van 12:30 tot 17:00 op dinsdag 28 november in de Boothzaal op de Uithof van de Universiteit Utrecht (Heidelberglaan 3, Utrecht). Het symposium is gratis toegankelijk. Accreditatie wordt aangevraagd. Aanmelden kan via secretariaatpedagogiek@uu.nl.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Namens dr. Minet de Wied.

PhD position NeurolabNL: Chronic victimization

Opening for a PhD student position within a project financed by an OCW-Startimpuls grant in the new NWA program NeurolabNL: Optimal conditions for learning and safety of youth. The project is based on a collaboration between the Leiden University (Berna Güroğlu) and the University of Groningen (René Veenstra and Gerine Lodder).
The PhD candidate will develop and empirically test theories on the mechanisms that play a role in the maintenance of victimization, with specific attention to social perception processes. The PhD candidate will work both in Groningen and Leiden, depending on the phase of the PhD project. The first phase of the project will take place in Groningen (with frequent work visits to Leiden for fMRI training), the second phase of the project will take place in Leiden. See the tab vacancies for more details.