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

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, developmental psychology, 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.

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.

Lifespan Development and Socialization

Would you like to gain insights in how individuals develop from relatively dependent infants to active contributors to society?

In the research domain Lifespan Development and Socialization, a multidisciplinary approach to human development is taken that includes social, cognitive, educational and emotional processes and covers the development of the individual across childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We take a lifespan perspective on how humans develop in interaction with parents, teachers, and partners as well as larger interpersonal networks in schools and communities. We do so from the perspective from the fields of Educational Sciences, Developmental Psychology and Sociology. The goal is to understand the processes that are involved in learning, identity, socialization, psychopathology, and healthy ageing.

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