Save the date VNOP labvisit Utrecht

Dear VNOP members,

Mark your calendars for the upcoming VNOP lab visit at Utrecht University on January 16th, 2020 from 10am-4pm. The aim of VNOP lab visits is to meet researchers in their daily working environment and gain information about ongoing research projects as well as the research methods they employ. The four research groups participating in the Utrecht Center for Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS) are looking forward to share their experiences with several methodological approaches with you, including the use of virtual reality for measurement and intervention, eye-tracking, large-scale longitudinal data collection (for example in a facility called KinderKennisCentrum), data collection in hard-to-reach groups such as refugees and observational methods.

Workshops and labdemo’s will be organized and there will be many opportunities for interaction and for sharing tips and tricks. More information on the program and registration will follow.

We hope to meet you in Utrecht on January 16th!

Susan Branje (Pedagogy: Youth and family & director of CAS)
Joyce Endendijk (Pedagogy: Clinical Child and Family Studies)
Ina Koning (Interdisciplinary Social Science)
Stefanie Nelemans (Pedagogy: Youth and family)
Astrid Poorthuis (Developmental Psychology)

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

2 postdoc positions Utrecht University

In an ERC project on psychosocial development during school transitions, we are searching for two postdocs, each for 3 years.

Postdoc 1 will examine epigenetic processes involved in development of identity and autonomy in adolescence and young adulthood.
For more information, see: https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/286312/postdoctoral-researcher-on-epigenetic-processes-in-psychosocial-development-during-school-transitions-in-adolescence-08-fte-3-years/

Postdoc 2 will focus on the role of interactions with parents and friends in intra-individual development of identity and autonomy.
For more information, see: https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/286294/postdoctoral-researcher-on-psychosocial-development-during-school-transitions-in-adolescence-08-fte-3-years/

Postdoc Ontwikkelingspsychologie, Universiteit Leiden

Bij een ERC project naar prosociaal gedrag onder leiding van prof. dr. Eveline Crone, is er een postdoc plek voor de ontwikkeling van een interventie. Dit gedeelte van het project is gericht op gedragsanalyses en prof. Crone is op zoek naar iemand die interesse heeft in het onderzoeken van variatie in gedrag over tijd, en op basis daarvoor ideeën kan ontwikkelen over een adolescentie-geschikte interventie.

Startdatum is flexible (tussen 1 januari en 1 juni 2020, zelfs variatie hierin is mogelijk), dit is bedoeld zodat ook AIOs in hun vierde jaar op het project kunnen solliciteren.

Voor meer informatie, zie: https://www.academictransfer.com/en/286485/postdoc-ontwikkelingspsychologie/

Student-assistant position, Social anxiety lab, Leiden university

Dr. A. Miers is looking for an enthusiastic, independent, and ambitious (research) master student to help investigate the effectiveness of a new, brief, intervention to help socially anxious youth. This research is funded by a grant from Leiden University Funds. The aim of the project is to test whether positive feedback from age peers can modify negative thinking in high socially anxious teenagers. The project will benefit early preventive methods for social anxiety and will be used to inform the development of an accessible adjunctive e-health intervention to help socially anxious teenagers approach social situations with confidence.

The applicant should have a strong affinity with scientific research and experience with working with adolescents. The project offers an excellent opportunity to be at the center of research directly relevant to clinical practice with very valuable research experience for your CV. This 0,2 FTE position is available for a period of up to 9 months.

If you are interested (or for enquiries) send your CV and (short) application letter to dr. Anne Miers: acmiers@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

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