Sander Thomaes is professor of Developmental Psychology
As human beings we are able to look at ourselves, reflect on our behavior and experience feelings about who we are and what we do. In his research, Thomaes looks at the origin, nature and consequences of the developing self in young people. He wonders, among other things, why young people think and feel about themselves the way they do and why ‘the self’ has such a major influence on their psychological development and health.
Thomaes integrates different methods and theories from developmental psychology, social psychology and clinical psychology and translates these into practical applications. For example, how self and identity processes can be used to promote behavior change in young people.
Thomaes obtained his PhD in Developmental Psychology cum laude from the VU and previously worked at the University of Southampton. As a teacher, he is involved in the Psychology curriculum and in the master program Development and in the Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence. In addition, he is a member of the Open Science Platform at Utrecht University, figurehead of the youth route at the National Science Agenda, and associate editor with the scientific journal Self and Identity. Thomaes wrote a children’s book on psychology (Wat Je Denkt Ben Je Zelf) which is due to appear in Spring 2022 with publisher Nieuwezijds.