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Deficits, Distress and Disorders | Lifespan Development and Socialization | Sustainability in a Changing Society

A unique feature of the programme is the opportunity to specialize as well as being trained in multidisciplinary research. The first step into specialization is taken by choosing one of the following three thematically oriented themes:

Deficits, Distress and Disorders

Would you like to gain a better understanding of human distress, psychopathological disorders, and brain disorders and deficits?

Within the domain Deficits, Distress, and Disorders, we combine insights from clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and psychometrics, rendering a uniquely multidisciplinary approach. We address associations between brain and behaviour, but the programme also incorporates an experimental approach with a focus on understanding the causal mechanisms underlying the onset and maintenance of disorders. Moreover, knowledge of transdiagnostic (dysfunctional) cognitive, emotional, and behavioural processes is combined with insight in specific disorders and symptoms and the effects on everyday functioning. You will gain knowledge and tools to conduct fundamental research as well as more applied research on assessment and diagnosis and improving interventions in healthcare. Students also have the opportunity to train in advanced diagnostic and other clinical skills to qualify for a postdoctoral training programme.

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Lifespan Development and Socialization

Would you like to gain insights in how individuals develop across the lifespan and become active contributors to society?

The Lifespan Development and Socialization (LDS) track uses a multidisciplinary perspective on human development. Our goal is to better understand the processes that underlie the development of the marked differences in emotions, happiness, creativity, identity, learning ability, motivations, and the comorbidity of somatic and mental problems as they unfold over the lifespan. What is abnormal or healthy? What is the role of culture and society? How are individual differences and lifespan changes reflected in our interactions with parents, siblings, peers, friends, teachers, colleagues, romantic relationships, the jobs we choose, or society more broadly? Our courses cover the domains of Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology, Sociology, Positive psychology, Educational Sciences, and Methodology and Statistics. Happiness, health, and somatic and mental problems can only be understood from a lifespan perspective that also covers the worlds in which we live and grow.

By the end of the programme, students will be proficient in both theoretical and conceptual modeling and empirically studying how interpersonal contexts shape individual development across the life span. In addition, students will master research method techniques to analyze three-dimensional data (persons, variables and time points), such as dynamic network analyses, time-series analyses, and complex dynamic system models. The programme is designed to prepare students for PhD studies, but also for a professional career in social science research institutes and educational and clinical settings.

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Sustainability in a Changing Society

Perhaps more rapidly than ever, modern society is facing major challenges, changes, and demands for resilience such as the rise of social tensions (e.g., terrorism, the influx of migrants, political polarization and protest, abusive leadership), the aging and diverse labour market, and climate change. How do individuals and groups cope with and adapt to these changes and how can they live, work, and interact with others in their changing world? In the domain Sustainability in a Changing Society, you will learn theory and research methods about how individuals, organizations and societies change from the fields of environmental, organizational, and social psychology and sociology. As such you will develop broad knowledge and specific expertise within and across these disciplines that enables you to define, explain, and design empirical research about, sustainability in a changing society.

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