My research aims at understanding and promoting adolescent well-being, by answering fundamental theoretical questions such as: Which parenting practices promote adolescent well-being and positive development, and do social media affect the mental health of the young?
To assess such developmental processes, we combine large questionnaire studies with micro-questionniares on smart phones (Experience Sampling), and employ advanced statistics to unravel the underlying driving processes of adolescent development. The research is partially supported by the Dutch Scientific Organisation (NWO-VIDI), and a collaboration with Savannah Boele and Anne Bulow.
I am director of the Tilburg Experience Sampling Center, which facilitates research on the real-time dynamics of mental health and well-being, using smart phones and wearables. Furthermore, in collaboration with psychiatrists and adolescents, we are developing and validating e-health apps to promote well-being.