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 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)


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


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).


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.


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

e-mail: en Dr. Kiki Zanolie email:


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? (English) (Dutch)

Summer school Analyzing Classroom Interaction

Summer school Analyzing Classroom Interaction

Dates: 8 – 12 July 2019

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2019


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


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 ( or Marieke Buil (
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:

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.


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

  1. Your curriculum vitae (labeled
  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,

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

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:

Stay tuned for updates on our website:

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:

Associate Professor of Orthopedagogics Position at Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam invites applicants for an Associate professor position in Orthopedagogics. We are looking for someone who can bring demonstrable work experience in the area of management. In addition, we are looking for someone who has the ambition to become a full professor in a few years.

Your past and future research needs to fit within the context of the research program of Clinical Child and Family Studies [Ortho- en gezinspedagogiek] Self-regulation in context. In this program adaptive and maladaptive self-regulation is studied from pregnancy to emerging adulthood.

You will be teaching in the Bachelor’s and master’s degree programme within the Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies (Section Clinical Child and Family Studies) in the area of orthopedagogics, including supervision of research students.


The position involves 60% teaching activities and 40% research time. The core tasks include:

  • participating in teaching at a bachelor’s and master’s level. Teaching involves also individual supervision of internships and research theses; workgroups supervision, lectures and independent coordination of parts of the curriculum;
  • supervising PhD candidates;
  • the design and supervision of studies in the area of Self-regulation in context;
  • carrying out and supervising research within the programme;
  • management tasks with regard to education/research;
  • publishing research findings in high impact international scientific journals
  • initiating and contributing to the acquisition of substantial external research funding for the benefit of the research programme.


We are looking for someone who:

  • has a PhD-degree in a relevant area and experience in the area of Clinical Child and Family Studies,
  • is effective and efficient, has excellent social skills, and is a team player.
  • has proven work experience in the area of management and organization.
  • has excellent teaching skills, as evidenced by positive teaching assessments, and experience in designing and coordinating academic courses in the area of Clinical Child and Family Studies,
  • has scientific creativity and productivity, as shown by a substantial list of publications in renowned international peer-reviewed journals in a relevant field of research;
  • has a demonstrable record of research grant acquisition;
  • has international collaboration and visibility;
  • has ample experience with supervision of graduate students;
  • has an eye for innovation of teaching methods and is prepared to contribute (within a team) to the optimization of the quality of teaching;
  • holds a Dutch Teaching Qualification (BKO) and a Senior Qualification in teaching or research or is willing to acquire this qualification(s) in the near future;
  • masters English and Dutch at an academic level – Non-Dutch applicants should be willing to acquire proficiency in Dutch within 2 years.

Additional information about the vacancy can be found on academic transfer:

Deadline for applications: January 20, 2019

For further information you can contact Prof. dr. Peter Prinzie, professor of Orthopedagogics, Tel: +31-104082598, or e-mail:

PHD position Tilburg University

Depression, substance use, and minor delinquency steeply increase during adolescence. Parents are in a unique position to counter these adaptation problems, but each family is different. Tailoring advice to the family-specific needs and strengths may help parents in their important task of promoting adolescent behavioral and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, theoretical knowledge of how parenting processes operate at the level of individual families is missing. The ADAPT-program, of which this PhD-position will be part, aims at obtaining these fundamental theoretical insights into how parenting promotes adolescent well-being in individual families.

The project has a strong focus on applying new methods to this question, but it also entails data collection among high school students. It will use smart phones to obtain highly frequent, real-time, multi-informant assessments of parent-child interactions (i.e., Experience Sampling Methods). To analyze these intensive data, the project involves first applications of state-of-the-art data-analytical approaches to intensive longitudinal data (e.g., Continuous-Time structural equation modeling; time series models for dyadic data). Thus, in order to quantify the complex reality of parenting adolescents at the level of individual families, the PhD-student will embrace technological and data-analytical innovations.

The project is funded by a NWO-VIDI grant, awarded to Loes Keijsers. The PhD-student will be part of a larger project-team working on solving similar theoretical problems and developing applications to translate novel theoretical findings into e-health applications. Moreover, (s)he can rely on a broader network of expertise of the Tilburg Experience Sampling Center for analytical and methodological support.

Deadline: 22 Dec

Additional information about the vacancy can be found on academic transfer:


Registration VNOP CAS Researchdays 2018 open!

Dear VNOP members.

Registration for the VNOP CAS Research Days 2018 is open!

The Research Days are organized annually by members of VNOP and CAS and are interesting for all researchers within the field of developmental psychology and pedagogics. The days provide a unique opportunity for young researchers to develop themselves and to present their work.

For further information and to register, go here
Registration is open until November, 9, 2018

For any questions, please contact us at

Kind regards,
Jochem Spaans
On behalf of the 2018 VNOP CAS Researchdays organizing committee

Deadline VNOP-CAS Researchdays extended to 1st of October

Dear VNOP members,

The deadline for abstract submissions for the VNOP-CAS Researchdays (taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of November) has been extended to the 1st of October, 2018.

For submission guidelines and submitting your abstract, visit the Researchdays website here:

Please note that:

  • All presentations will take place on the 23rd of November. The program on the 22nd of November consists of workshops for PhD students and a social activity.
  • These Research Days are interesting for all researchers working in the field of developmental psychology or pedagogics. You do not need to be a member of VNOP or CAS.

For any questions, please contact us at

Kind regards,
Jochem Spaans
On behalf of the 2018 VNOP CAS Researchdays organizing committee

PhD position Groningen (Dutch)

Young refugee students in primary education

Jonge vluchtelingleerlingen vormen een kwetsbare groep in het primair onderwijs. Voor leerkrachten is het lastig is om goed aan te sluiten bij de onderwijsbehoeften van deze leerlingen. Allereerst is er met name in de jongste groepen van het primair onderwijs een grote behoefte aan een geïntegreerde onderwijsmethode voor het leren van de Nederlandse taal (NT2). Ten tweede blijken vluchtelingleerlingen volgens hun leerkrachten vaak moeite te hebben om tot leren te komen. Ze observeren dat er in internationale klassen meer conflicten zijn, dat er minder optimaal leergedrag is en vermoeden dat er vaak sprake is van lijdensdruk (‘distress’) of trauma.

In dit project wordt een NT2-lespakket voor groep 1-2 samengesteld, doorontwikkeld en op effectiviteit onderzocht middels van een combinatie van kwalitatieve en kwantitatieve data. Taalverwerving en sociaal-emotioneel welbevinden zijn van cruciaal belang voor de ontwikkeling en het leren op school en zijn met elkaar verweven. Het voorgestelde onderzoek biedt daarom een combinatie van toegepast onderzoek en een fundamenteel, praktisch relevant onderzoek naar de Nederlandse taalverwerving en haar relatie met het welbevinden van jonge vluchtelingleerlingen.

Bij dit onderzoek binnen de afdeling Ontwikkelingspsychologie van de RUG wordt samengewerkt met de afdeling Pedagogiek, GGZ-instelling Molendrift en het bedrijf Bereslim.


Wij zijn op zoek naar een kandidaat die voldoet aan de volgende kwalificaties:
• een afgeronde (research-)masteropleiding in een relevantie richting (bijvoorbeeld Ontwikkelingspsychologie, Klinische Psychologie, (Ortho)pedagogiek)
• aantoonbare deskundigheid op het gebied van ontwikkelingsprocessen in de kindertijd
• goede onderzoeksvaardigheden (analyse van kwantitatieve gegevens, interview- en observatievaardigheden)
• affiniteit/ervaring met kinderen in de leeftijd 4-8 jaar en/of hun ouders/leerkrachten
• affiniteit/ervaring met vluchtelingen of kinderen met een migratieachtergrond strekt tot de aanbeveling
• goede verbale en schriftelijke vaardigheden in het Nederlands en Engels
• organisatietalent, doorzettingsvermogen, zelfstandigheid en het vermogen om samen te werken in het onderzoeksteam en met deelnemende scholen.

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