Consortium on Individual Development


Veni awarded to Stefanie Nelemans

Stefanie Nelemans was awarded a Dutch Research Council (NWO) Veni grant for her project Why is everybody watching me?! Working towards a novel model to explain social anxiety in adolescence NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative nature of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and possibilities…

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Five successful PhD defences in May-June 2019

Spring 2019 was sprinkled with CID PhD graduations across work packages and locations. Congratulations are in order for: Jiska Kentrop (UMCU, WP4), Challenging early life environments: Impact on behavioral inhibition and (pro-)social behavior in rats. Jiska examined how challenging early life environments impact behavioural inhibition and (pro-)social behaviour. To this end, a rat model was used…

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How a side project turned into two junior researchers first independent paper

Exciting times for Michelle Achterberg and Mara van der Meulen. They are the sole authors on a recent publication about brain scan quality published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN). A great first step towards scientific independence that they took together. So how did they do it? In 2014, Michelle and Mara started their PhD research…

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Sharing our scientific knowledge of coping strategies with movie-going families

by Susanne Schulz (WP3) & Sanne Geeraerts (WP1) We were thrilled when asked to prepare a family lecture for the movie ‘Lepel’ as part of the Smart Movies initiative of the University Museum Utrecht. On 10th May 2019, children and their families learned about Coping strategies in difficult situations. Our lecture highlighted certain aspects of the movie to enhance…

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Andrik Becht receives PhD degree cum laude

 On 12 April 2019 Andrik Becht successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled ‘Becoming Certain of the Self Longitudinal Studies Into the Dynamics of (Daily) Identity Development’ at Utrecht University. He received his degree cum laude, a very rare distinction that is only given for outstanding results that have been obtained with a very high level of independence. In…

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Spring 2019 CID meeting ‘Our plans’

On 28th March 2019, more than seventy researchers joined the spring CID meeting on ‘Our plans’. Two PIs and several PhDs presented their plans, while we also discussed our special issue. Even the breaks were put to good use as many researchers (re)connected and discussed their plans. The meeting kicked off with dr. Elsje van Bergen…

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Successful brainstorm on CIDyoung meetings

Thirteen PhDs and postdocs brainstormed about organising meetings for and by CIDyoung researchers. The constructive atmosphere led to a clear vision and volunteers to organise the first CIDyoung meeting on the morning of Thursday 14th November 2019. The first good sign was the quick and positive response after just one email asking to help think…

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Michelle Achterberg on the FLUX Trainee committee

The FLUX Society’s aims to advance the understanding of human brain development by serving as a forum for professional and student scientists, physicians, and educators. Recently FLUX introduced the inaugural Trainee Committee. The committee is composed of talented research assistants, graduate students and post-docs who serve as liaisons to the trainees of the society. From…

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Dienke Bos

Newly appointed assistant professor Dienke Bos

Currently setting up projects related to the development of individual differences in behavioural control Dienke Bos, assistant professor UMCU, work package 1 About ten years ago I joined NICHE, the Neuroimaging in Childhood Lab of Prof. Sarah Durston, as an intern. My first project was a study in which we manually segmented the basal ganglia…

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