Prof. dr. Susan Branje

Prof. dr. Susan Branje

Youth and Family
Head of Department
Education and Pedagogy
+31 6 49 826 545

“The need to belong is essential for people. Close relationships with friends and parents contribute to psychological health and wellbeing. In this way, relationships can be a source of support and can reduce stress.”

Susan Branje is a Professor of Development and Socialization in Adolescence at the division of Youth and Family.

Branje looks at young people's relationships with parents, siblings, friends and intimate partners in relation to their psychosocial adjustment. She also investigates the development of the personality and identity of young people from early adolescence to young adulthood. Branje investigates the factors that contribute to successful transitions to adulthood and processes of intergenerational transmission. She investigates the interaction between individual and relational processes in young people's development in the short and long term.

Branje is also involved in the hub “Where do I belong? Growing up in multi-resident families”. An important goal of the researchers is to include the perspective of children and improve the position of children. Among other things, by offering more nuance in the often emotional and polarizing conversations surrounding divorce.

Branje studied Developmental Psychology at Radboud University, where she obtained her PhD in 2003. In addition to her work as a researcher, Branje is also involved as a teacher in the educational programs Pedagogical Sciences; Clinical Child, Family and Educational Sciences; Youth, Education and Society; and Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence.

Currently she is involved in the following research projects:

Where do I belong
Young in corona times


Adolescent Development and Socialization
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