We have a shared commitment to understand and improve children’s views of themselves. We build upon our shared values of curiosity and hard work.


Çisem Gürel
Graduate student
Co-advised with Geertjan Overbeek, University of Amsterdam

Çisem obtained her BA and MA degree in Psychological Counseling and Guidance at Bogazici University, Turkey, and her Research MA degree in Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

She is interested in how children create and maintain views of themselves, such as narcissism and self-esteem. She investigates how children engage in comparison strategies, such as social comparisons (“I am better than others”) and temporal comparisons (“I am getting better over time”), and how those comparison strategies can be used as interventions to help children flourish.




Efstathios (Stathis) Grapsas
Graduate student
Co-advised with Jaap Denissen, Tilburg University

Stathis obtained his BA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

He is interested in self-views: how they develop, how they manifest, and how they become reinforced through interpersonal experiences. He is particularly interested in narcissism and investigates why and how narcissists pursue social status.



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Lining (Rachel) Sun
Graduate student
Co-advised with Carol Dweck, Stanford University

Rachel obtained her BA and MA degree in Psychology at East China Normal University, China.

She is interested in learning and motivation. Her passion lies in helping people thrive in a world that is filled with uncertainty. She investigates whether the current educational system is preparing its students for such kind of future and, if not, what we can do to improve that.