I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow 2021-2023, and member of The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
I study the developing self: how children develop self-views, how these self-views shape mental health and educational outcomes, and how interventions that target self-views can help at-risk children flourish.
I am committed to using developmental science to address social problems, such as inequality. With Schools2030, I am developing tools to combat inequality in learning and achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Accessible overviews of my work: here, here, and here
- A sketchnote summarizing my work
- My book on narcissism and self-esteem
- My book on praise
- Our special sections for Child Development and Journal of Abnormal Psychology
- I love science writing; check out my blogs for Scientific American, Behavioral Scientist, Psychology Today, The Conversation, and Child and Family Blog
- For my research and outreach, I received the National Postdoc Prize (KNAW & KHMW), George Butterworth Young Scientist Award (EADP), Rising Star Award (APS), Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists (APA), and SRCD Early Career Research Contributions Award (SRCD)
- 2018-present: Assistant Professor, Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam
- 2016-2018: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Department of Psychology, Stanford University
- 2014-2018: Postdoc, Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam
- 2013-2014: Fulbright Scholar, The Ohio State University & Stanford University
- 2011-2014: Ph.D. student, Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University
- 2015: Ph.D., cum laude, Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University
- 2011: M.A., cum laude, Social and Health Psychology, 2-year Research Master, Utrecht University
- 2009: B.A., cum laude, Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University