Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997
    Master's degree (cum laude), Main subject: Developmental Psychology, University of Nijmegen

  • 2003
    Doctorate (cum laude), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. M.A.G. van Aken & Prof. Dr. C.F.M. van Lieshout, University of Nijmegen (.8 fte + .2 fte junior teacher)

  • 2002 – 2006
    Assistant Professor Utrecht University, Dept. of Child and Adolescent Studies

  • 2006 – 2012
    Associate Professor Utrecht University, Dept. of Child and Adolescent Studies

  • Since 2012
    Professor Utrecht University, Research Centre Adolescent Development

Selected publications

  • Branje, S., Hale, W. W., Frijns, T., & Meeus, W. (2010). Longitudinal associations between perceived parent-child relationship quality and depressive symptoms in adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 751-763. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-010-9401-6.

  • Branje, S. (2008). Conflict resolution in mother-daughter interactions in early adolescence. Behaviour, 145, 1627-1651.

  • Branje, S.J.T., van Lieshout, C.F.M., & van Aken, M.A.G. (2004). Relations between Big Five personality characteristics and perceived support in adolescents? families. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 615-628.

  • Keijsers, L., Loeber, R., Branje, S., & Meeus, W. (2011). Bidirectional Links and Concurrent Development of Parent-Child Relationships and Boys? Offending Behavior. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, in press.

  • Selfhout, M. H. W., Denissen, J. J. A., Branje, S. J. T., & Meeus, W. H. J. (2009). In the eye of the beholder: Perceived, actual, and peer-rated similarity in personality, communication, and friendship intensity during acquaintanceship processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1152-1165.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2012 Branje, S. Development of the self from adolescence into emerging adulthood: The role of life transitions and variability in self-perceptions. NWO grant. Principal investigator, 2012-2016.

  • 2010 Branje, S. & Keijsers, L. Parents, Friends, and Delinquency in Adolescence. NWO-Jeugd en Gezin research grant. Principal Investigator, 01-11-2010 – 31-10-2013.

  • 2010 Meeus, W., Vollebergh, W., Branje, S., & Hooijmeijer, P. Predicting adolescent problem behavior from the interplay between neighborhoods, adolescent personality and parenting. Neighborhood effects on youth?s development and social mobility, UU Focus en Massa grant. Co-Principal Investigator, 2010 – 2014.

  • 2009 Meeus, W., Branje, S., & Hale III, W.W. CONflict And Management Of RElationships (CONAMORE). NWO- Longitudinal Survey and Panel Funding grant. Co-Principal Investigator, 2009 – 2010.

  • 2009 Meeus, W., Van Lier, P., Nauta- Jansen, L. , Koot, J. M., Branje, S., Geus, E. de, Oosterlaan, J., Moffitt, T. E., & Delden, J van. The development of adolescent delinquency: Social and biological influences. NWO- Investment Subsidy NWO Medium. Co-Principal Investigator, 2009 – 2011.

  • 2008 Branje, S. Development of Antisocial Behavior, Parent-Child Relationships, and Empathy During Adolescence (DARE). NWO-VIDI. Principal Investigator, 01-02-2009 – 31-01-2014.

  • 2005 Branje, S. Big parent is watching you: Intraindividual variability and bidirectionality in the monitoring process during adolescence. NWO Open Competition grant. Principal Investigator, 01-10-2005 – 01-10-2009.

  • 2004 Branje, S. I am not a child anymore! Intradyadic variability and developmental transitions in mother-daughter relationships during early adolescence. NWO-VENI. Principal Investigator, 01-01-2005 – 31-12-2007.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Scientific committee member of the FWO-Expertpanel G&M3: Psychologie, Pedagogiek, Onderwijskunde en Sociaal Werk, National Funds for Scientific Research, Belgium, 2010 – 2013

  • Associate Editor of Journal of Early Adolescence, since August 2012

  • Committee member IARR Publications Committee, since 2012

  • Consulting Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: PPID, 2011 – 2013

  • Scientific committee member of the FWO G3 commissie psychologie en pedagogie, National Funds for Scientific Research, Belgium, 2007 – 2009

  • Associate Editor of Personal Relationships, 2006 – 2012

  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Youth and Adolescence, since May 2005

Additional qualifications

  • Secretary of European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA)


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