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.

Contact

Phone: 030 253 9473
Associate Professor
Department Manager
Project Manager

Martinus J. Langeveld building

Martinus J. Langeveldgebouw
Address: 
Heidelberglaan 1, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 30 253 47 00 (reception)

Opening hours: 
Mon7:15-22:00
Tue7:15-22:00
Wed7:15-22:00
Thu7:15-22:00
Fri7:15-20:30
SatClosed
SunClosed
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.

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Teaching

The education that the department offers, teaches students to understand and positively influence the development of children and adolescents.

Cooperation

The department is continiously looking for exchange opportunities with those working in the field. This enables the knowledge from the department to be put into practice quickly. Moreover, contributions from the field ensure that the teaching and research done by the department are relevant to the professional practice.

Areas of expertise
Aggression and behavioural problems
Early development
Social relationships (friendships, bullying)
Social cognition (self-image, narcissism, identity, social perception)
Cognitive development and educational psychology
Depression
Staff

The staff website includes extensive information about the staff in the department.