Tilburg University department Developmental Psychology

Department Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology investigates psychosocial and cognitive changes during the entire lifespan (from childhood to old age) as well as their interaction with the environment. In addition to healthy development, research is also being conducted on developmental disorders and delinquent behavior. Hence, individual differences in development is central.

The activities in our department are arranged around the MERIT principle, consisting of Management, Education, Research, Impact and Team. 

Management

Stefan Bogaerts is department chair and education director of the master Psychology and Mental Health. Also Jaap Denissen (director of the research program 'Development of individual differences: Bio-psycho-social perspectives'), Theo Klimstra, Loes Keijsers and Yvonne Brehmer are members of the daily board.

Education

We share our expertise on the development of individual differences with our students.

Research

The research in our department focuses on psychosocial and cognitive changes during the entire lifespan (from childhood to old age) as well as their interaction with the environment. Besides healthy development, research is also being conducted on developmental disorders and delinquent behavior. Hence, individual differences in development is central. Five pillars that reinforce and enrich each other (see below) represent the research lines of the department.

For more information regarding external funding, please visit our page on grants.

Impact

An important goal of conducting scientific research is to impact society in positive ways. Our master students, for instance, conduct a clinical internship, and we collaborate with practitioners in various settings (e.g., forensic psychiatric care). We also share our expertise with others, including children and their families, policy makers and community institutions. Follow us on Twitter to keep updated!

Team

Our department consists of a vibrant group of researchers interested in understanding the emergence and existence of individual differences in development across the lifespan.