Our research seeks to understand and improve children’s views of themselves. We build upon our shared values of curiosity and hard work.
Femke is a second-year Research MA student in Child Development and Education and a first-year MA student in Orthopedagogics at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her BA in Sociology and a minor in Orthopedagogics.
She is a Student Assistant on our Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship project, studying the role of children’s self-views in achievement inequality. She is particularly interested in how children from disadvantaged backgrounds develop and maintain their self-views, and how these self-views influence motivation and performance.
Justine is a third-year BA student in Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She previously interned at a counseling company where she worked towards helping children and their parents with developmental and educational problems. She currently works for a student organization where she writes scientific advice reports for companies that need help with solving pedagogical issues.
She works on a science communication project funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). This project uses citizen science to understand what inequality means to children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The aim is to involve children in the scientific process, so that they become part of the knowledge creation process.
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.
Maud obtained her BA in Pedagogics at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands, and her pre-master degree in Orthopedagogics and Research MA degree in Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
She is interested in how social and cognitive processes shape adolescent behavior. She investigates how changing peer norms can improve self-regulation in youth, with the aim to reduce antisocial behavior – such as bullying – in high-schools.
Puck van Meerveld
Puck is a third-year BA student in Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She was previously a board member of a student association where she chaired several committees. Before that she worked for a student organization where she wrote scientific advice reports for companies to solve pedagogical issues.
She is a Student Assistant on our Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship project, studying the role of children’s self-views in achievement inequality. She is particularly interested in the development of self-esteem in children with different backgrounds.
Yixin obtained her BSc degree in Psychology and MEd degree in Developmental Psychology at Beijing Normal University, China.
She is interested in children emerging self-views, especially in middle to late childhood, when children gradually form domain-specific evaluations of their competence. She is also interested in the way children pursue desirable self views. She studies the self-system through a cross-cultural lens.
Co-advised with Valerie Shapiro, University of California-Berkeley
Kelly obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and her MSc in International Business from SKEMA Business School, France. She completed her Master of Social Work from CUNY-Hunter College, USA and is a licensed social worker in New York.
She is a therapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based interventions. Kelly seeks to blend her practice experience with her research interests in emotions, prevention science, and behavioral health. Her dissertation explores the lay theory of self-love within a social media and addiction recovery context.
Stathis Grapsas, 2016-2021, Graduate student, co-advised with Jaap Denissen, Tilburg University. He obtained his PhD in 2021 and is now a postdoc at Utrecht University with Sander Thomaes. 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.
Lining (Rachel) Sun, 2017-2019, Graduate student, co-advised with Carol Dweck, Stanford University. She obtained her PhD in 2019 and is now a postdoc at the National University of Singapore with Patricia Chen. 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.
Eva de Boer, 2020-2021, Research Assistant. She obtained her MA degree in Orthopedagogy in 2021 and her Research MA degree in Child Development and Education in 2022. She is now a researcher at the Nederlandse Stichting voor het Dove en Slechthorende Kind (NSDSK). She is interested in the development of self-views, such as self-esteem and narcissism, and how they are associated with social relationships.