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prof. dr. M.W.G. van Dijk
First name:Marijn

N.A. Arellano Véliz, MAPhD studentMy background is a complement between clinical and research fields. I did my undergraduate studies in Psychology with clinical specialization at the University of Talca, Chile, where I graduated with honors, being positioned in the first place of my promotion. I worked as a clinician doing psychotherapy and I trained as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. Later, I did my Research Master's (MSc) in Behavior and Cognition at the University of Barcelona, Spain. For this study, I obtained a full scholarship from the National Agency for Research and Development (ANID, Agencia Nacional para la Investigación y Desarrollo, Chile).

I am currently working on my Ph.D. at the University of Groningen as a scholarship student (by ANID, Chile). My main research interests are related to the fields of Embodied Cognition, Dynamic Interpersonal Synchronization, Enaction and Individual Differences through social interactions. I am particularly focused on the study of the embodied correlates of psychological constructs as Personality and Depression, and their expression through Interpersonal Synchronization. All these processes are supported by the Complex Systems framework. Currently, I am also part of the Mindwise editorial board.
F.G. (Frank) Assies, masterPhD student
dr. E.H. (Elske) BosDepressie
Longitudinale data-analyse
P. Botermans, MSc
dr. G. (Gerrit) BreeuwsmaAssistant professorTheory and history of (lifespan) developmental psychology; tensions between parents and educationalists; the relationship between art and psychology (in particular children's drawings); childhood in psychology, autobiography, art and fiction; children and the experience of war.
dr. R.F.A. (Ralf) Coxsocial and cognitive development
complex dynamical systems
dr. L.S. (Laura) CuijpersResearcher / LecturerIn my research, I aim to integrate psychology and movement sciences to study joint action from a dynamical systems perspective. My fascination lies in our ability to form social systems with others and the ability to explore new possibilities for action within a (social) system.

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Coordination dynamics || Motor Development and learning || Sport Sciences
prof. dr. M.W.G. (Marijn) van DijkProfessor (adjunct)Expertise over de ontwikkeling van het kind in dynamische interactie met met zijn of haar omgeving. Thema's: dynamiek van de ouder-kindinteractie, (eerste en tweede) taalverwerving, welbevinden, voedingsproblemen, verbaal redeneren en creativiteit, intra-indivuele variabiliteit, observatie van gedrag, procesonderzoek, complexe dynamische systemen.
J. (Jeremy) Dillmann, MScPhD studentTogether with my promotors (Prof. Dick de Waard, Dr. den Hartigh & Dr. Cox) I apply dynamic systems theory to human-machine interaction. I am interested in the transfer of control between human-users and automated machines.
dr. A.C. (Ando) EmerenciaPostdoc Computer Science
dr. M.A.E. (Mandy) van der GaagAssistant professor within individual processes
identity development
career decision making
early school leaving

prof. dr. P.L.C. (Paul) van GeertFull ProfessorSee my personal website ( or click on the small blue Home icon, on the right of this page)
J.H. (Ole) Gmelin, MScdynamic systems theory, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, time series analysis, fractal analysis, identity construction, queer theory, LGBTQ* psychology, identity development
dr. J.R. (Ruud) den HartighAssociate Professor Talent Development & Creativitytalent development, sport psychology, complex systems, psychological momentum, resilience
dr. V.E. (Vera) HeiningaResearcher & Open Science coordinator UG - Adolescent mental health and well-being
- Emotional development
- Emotion dynamics
- Multiverse analysis
- Open Science

Vera Heininga is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen. She draws together sociology, psychology, and psychiatry to study the biopsychosocial mechanisms that underlie emotional development.

Currently, she is involved in the Every Child Is Different project (, a large Dutch crowdsourcing study that aims to examine positive mental health and mental health problems in children and adolescents.

She is a passionate Open Science advocate, co-founder and chair of the Open Science Community Groningen (, and coordinator of Open Science at the University Groningen.

Download her full resumé.
L.H. (Linda) HendriksPhD studentTeacher-student interaction in primary education, creativity, music education
dr. Y. (Yannick) HillTeacher Developmental PsychologyDynamical Systems, Resilience, Talent Development, and Psychological Momentum
B.C.H. (Barbara) Huijgen, PhDResearcher / Lecturer Talent research in sports
ir. T.H. (Rik) HuijzerPhD student
dr. B.F. (Bertus) JeronimusAssistant professor I study individual differences in personality and subjective wellbeing ("happiness") and their lifespan trajectories and connections with affect/emotion/mood dynamics (internalizing problems) and the socioecology in which one lives and grows, especially intimate support relationships, daily activities, adverse events, culture, and history. I work at the University of Groningen in the Department of Psychology and in the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation (www.ICPE.NL). See Google.Scholar or  Researchgate for details. Currently working from home and interested in happy neurotics and the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic and the psychosocial consequences. 
prof. dr. P. (Peter) de JongeProfessor of Developmental Psychology / Vice-dean of Research Deconstructing Depression (VICI project); Depression and Cardiovascular Disease (VIDI project)
J. (Jannis) KreienkampPhD studentpsychological needs, intergroup relations, cultural adaptation, motivation
dr. E.S. (Saskia) KunnenAssociate professor identity development, dynamic systems modeling, career choice development
H. (Hanneke) Leeuwestein, MScPhD Student
N.D. (Niklas Dieter) Neumann, MSc Sportpsychology, Resilience, Load and Recovery, Soccer/Football, Complex Dynamical Systems, Ergodicity, Emotions, Nonverbal Behavior, Gestures
A.M. (Anne Margit) Reitsema, MScPhDChild and adolescent well-being
Emotional development and emotion dynamics
dr. A.M. (Annelieke) RoestAssistant ProfessorPsychiatric epidemiology, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, symptom dimensions of anxiety and depression, heart disease, cancer, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, publication bias
G. (Gemma) Schino, MScPhD student
dr. H.W. (Henderien) SteenbeekAssociate Professordyadic interaction in educational contexts and play contexts
children's talented behavior and how it can be stimulated
process analyses in studying the effects of educational interventions
dr. M. (Marieke) Visserdiagnostiek - gespreksvaardigheden - interventie - stage
dr. Y.A. de VriesResearcher/lecturerDevelopment and treatment of affective disorders (mood and anxiety) over the life course, meta-science.
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