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.

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:


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.

reageren kan via:

PhD position, UvA

PhD candidate – Changing peer norms to improve self-regulation in youth

Research PResearch Priority Area Yield of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is looking for a PhD candidate for the project ’Changing peer norms to improve self-regulation in youth’. The project will start in September 2018 and will be supervised by prof. dr. Geertjan Overbeek, dr. Eddie Brummelman, dr. Helle Larsen and dr. Wouter van den Bos.riority Area (RPA)

Yield conducts multidisciplinary research on the bio-ecology of human development, from infancy to young adulthood, with perspectives from Medicine, Psychology, Pedagogics, Education, Communication, Economics, and Psychometrics. With its (NWO funded) Graduate Programme and its associated PhD training programmes, RPA Yield provides an attractive environment in which PhD students are trained in multidisciplinary research on human development.

The hired candidate will join the programme group of Preventive Youth Care (dept. of Child Development and Education), led by prof. dr. Overbeek and will also be part of the department of Developmental Psychology. The Departments of Child Development and Education and Developmental Psychology are located in in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG).

Project description

Adolescence is a turbulent phase of development. Around the transition to adolescence, self-regulation failures such as aggression typically emerge or worsen. These self-regulation failures come at great cost for individuals, communities, and society at large. How can these failures be prevented so as to help youths thrive? This project examines whether self-regulation can be improved by addressing something that youths care deeply about: the social norms within their peer group. The aim is to conduct a randomized-controlled trial and follow-up experiments to investigate how changing social norms may affect self-regulation, and to examine how this may create effective behaviour change and improve mental and physical health in youths. Moreover, this project examines how specific changes in youths cascade into healthier peer networks (increased feelings of safety, less conflicts and bullying, and fewer signs of physical ill-health). The project combines insights from pedagogics, developmental psychology, and social psychology, and will shed new light on how we can help youths flourish.


  • Participation in the PhD-programme of the Graduate School of Child Development and Education and RPA Yield;
  • independently carrying out research, writing scientific articles, and completing a PhD dissertation within four or five years;
  • active participation in the programme group of Preventive Youth Care, and the Research Institute of Child Development and Education;
  • participating in conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scholarly activities.


The PhD candidate should have the following credentials:

  • graduated with excellent results on a research-based Research Master or Master thesis in (Ortho)Pedagogics, Psychology, or a closely related discipline;
  • interest in children and adolescents, and how we can use knowledge from psychology and pedagogics to help them flourish;
  • experience in carrying out quantitative research, and interest in learning social network analyses;
  • excellent communication and academic writing skills (Dutch and English);
  • excellent organization and project coordination skills;
  • experience/interest in working with teachers and schools and children and adolescents;
  • knowledge of/interest in peer relations development both in childhood and in adolescence;
  • knowledge of/interest in school-based peer interventions;
  • ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.

Further information

Deadline 25 June 2018.

See vacancy for more information.

Registration open for VNOP Conference 2018

The bi-annual conference of the Dutch Society for Developmental Psychology (Vereniging Nederlandse Ontwikkelingspsychologie, VNOP) will be held on the 15th & 16th of May 2018 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Registration (or see the: Conference Website)

  • For registration go to:
  • For rooms go to the conference website: WICC It is important that you mention that you are a VNOP participant! Address: Wageningen International Congress Centre’: Lawickse Allee 9, 6701 AN Wageningen, the Netherlands:

Keynote speakers:

  • Iroise Dumontheil: Social cognition during adolescence
  • Nienke van Atteveldt: Proving or improving yourself: the neural and behavioral response to feedback and failure in adolescents
  • Jaap Denissen: Personality-environment transactions across the lifespan

Important dates:

  • 3 April 2018: Final date that rooms are reserved for the conference at the Wageningen International Congress Centre
  • 24 April 2018: Deadline for conference registration


  • Visit the Conference Website intermittently to view updated information
  • Visit our Facebook page for updates, symposium and roommate requests!
  • The bi-annual VNOP conference 2018 is organized by the department of Developmental & Educational Psychology from Leiden University. For questions regarding the organization please send an email to

Paul van Geert Prize

last reminder:

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.

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

  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

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.

Click to find the program.

Program VNOP Lab meeting 23

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,

For more information please contact Saskia Kunnen,

Open position for an assistant / associate professor

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

>>Download full text here<<

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 (

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