My research focuses on the socialization of the self—how social processes shape children’s self-views, and how these processes can be altered to help children flourish.
What I want to achieve:
My aim is to use developmental science to address pressing social problems faced by children around the world.
My previous positions:
From 2013-2014, I was Fulbright Fellow at The Ohio State University and Stanford University. In 2015, I obtained my PhD at Utrecht University. From 2016-2018, I was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Stanford University. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam.
Awards & accomplishments:
My work has uncovered the developmental origins of narcissism and self-esteem in children. I am a recipient of awards including the National Postdoc Prize from the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, the George Butterworth Young Scientist Award from the European Association for Developmental Psychology, and the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science.
As the vice-chair of the Amsterdam Young Academy, I try to build bridges between science and society in the city of Amsterdam. Both nationally and internationally, I write popular science books and articles to ensure that our research findings are accessible to parents, teachers, and others who work closely with children.