Developmental Psychology

  • About the department

    The Department of Developmental Psychology studies the development of babies, children and young people. In our view, this development is shaped by a continuous interaction between individual characteristics and the environment.


Martinus J. Langeveld building

Martinus J. Langeveldgebouw

Heidelberglaan 1, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 30 253 4700 (front desk)

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Opening hours
Mon 7:15-22:00
Tue 7:15-22:00
Wed 7:15-22:00
Thu 7:15-22:00
Fri 7:15-20:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

In this building

  • Department of Special Education: Cognitive & Motor Disabilities
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
  • Educational Consultancy & Professional Development


Getting there and Accessibility
  • Research

    The Department of Developmental Psychology studies how children develop socially through interaction between environmental influences and personal characteristics. Important environmental influences include upbringing, relationships with others of the same age and subculture/culture. Key personal characteristics include temperament, personality, social cognition and cognitive capacity.

    Research focuses on normative and problematic social development (primarily behavioural problems) with great emphasis on interventions that can influence this development. Combinations of longitudinal, experimental and efficay research are used for this.


Areas of expertise


Marcel van Aken

Early development

Chantal Kemner

Effective intervention

Ankie MentingHilde Schuiringa

Social relationships (friendships, bullying)

Sander Thomaes, Liesbeth Aleva, Astrid Poorthuis, Esmee Verhulp

Social cognition (self-image, narcissism, identity, social perception)

Sander Thomaes

Cognitive development and educational psychology

Jan BoomHelen Bakker, Astrid Poorthuis


Marcel van Aken, Judith Dubas


Yolanda van Beek