Societal Impact

In the past years our studies on quality of centre day care and on the prevalence of child abuse and neglect, both initiated by the Dutch government, stirred intense nation-wide media-attention and extended debates in Dutch parliament. The popular national weekly, HP/De Tijd (November 30, 2007), listed me as one of the 20 most influential scientists/ thinkers in the Netherlands, being the only child development or family expert on this list. Internationally, the Wall Street Journal (April 12 2005, Sue Shellenbarger) cited our work on the quality of centre day care. Our work on the development of international adoptees and their families led to numerous publications in newspaper across the world, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post,  Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Forbes, and Los Angeles Times, and a BBC World Radio interview (May 25 2005), on international versus national adoptions. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (January 24 2010) asked me to comment on the issue of Haitian children being adopted into western countries after the earthquake.  I was interviewed for articles on differential susceptibility in the Atlantic Monthly (by David Dobbs, December 2009) and the Neue Zuercher Zeitung (December 23, 2010).

Attachment: Volkskrant July 3rd 2010, pdf file
Attachment: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sontagszeitung January 24th 2010, pdf file
Attachment: The Atlantic September 2009, pdf file
Attachment: Neue Zuercher Zeiting Decembre 2010, pdf file