Last updated: August 24, 2019
This website is about scientific work conducted on the intriguing puzzle of parenting and its influence on child development in the era of the genome and the brain. The ‘Dutch Blog‘ and ‘Nieuws‘ are in the Dutch language, as these are notes pertaining to local issues.
The banner is part of a winter landscape painted by Hendrick Avercamp (1585 – 1634) reminding me of the three wonderful Frisian Eleven Cities Skating Tours (Elfstedentochten) that I participated in.
My work is on the social, psychological and neurobiological determinants of parenting and child development, with special emphasis on attachment, emotion regulation, differential susceptibility, and child maltreatment. Central question is whether and how parents and other caregivers shape children’s development in this era of the genome and the brain.
My research was part of PEARL –Program for Emotion regulation and Attachment Research in Leiden, the research program of the Centre for Child and Family Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. PEARL has been dissolved by the end of 2017, after decades of productive collaborative work with a large and enthusiastic team of colleagues and co-workers. Alan Sroufe evaluated PEARL in June 2016 as follows: “This is an extraordinary program. The team is highly productive, and the cutting edge research being carried out is of the highest quality.”
At Leiden University I am Professor Emeritus (since my obligatory retirement age for my cohort in the Netherlands) but I continue to be involved in several research programs, among others the Leiden Consortium for Individual Development (L-CID; since May 2018 as Scientific Consultant), 3G Family Lab, and Father Trials (directed by Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, now moved to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).
At Erasmus University Rotterdam I am professor of human development in the Department of Psychology, Education, and Child Studies (DPECS) (See website) and one of the co-leaders of Generation R (See website). (See website).
Since October 1, 2017, I am Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK, and in 2019 Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College founded by Lady Frances Sidney, with the saying ‘Dieu me Garde de Calomnie’ (Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex,1531–1589)
In 2018 I started a small company Beagle Advice, Research and Development in the domain of parenting and child development.