Our team

A collaborative effort

It takes a village to raise a child, but also to collect data on 1000 children and their families. About 200 researchers and students helped during the data collection of the Leiden-CID project. And we are very proud that five PhD candidates have successfully defended their thesis on the Leiden-CID Project.

Founders of the study

Team leader

Prof. dr. Eveline Crone

Prof. dr. Eveline Crone is full professor in Developmental Neuroscience in Society at the Society Youth Neuroscience Connected (SYNC) lab at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and professor in Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology at Leiden University. Her research focuses on the psychological and neural processes involved in self-regulation and social development. Eveline is Principal Investigator and team leader of the Leiden CID study.
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Prof. dr. Marinus van IJzendoorn

Prof. dr. Marinus van IJzendoorn is full professor of human development at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies (DPECS) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on the social, psychological and neurobiological determinants of parenting and child development. Marinus was co-applicant of the Gravitation grant of the Consortium on Individual Development and is currently involved as Scientific Consultant in the Leiden CID study.
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Prof. dr. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg

Prof. dr. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg is full professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her research focuses on attachment and (neurobiological) emotion regulation in parents and their children. Marian is Principal Investigator of the Leiden CID study.
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Current team

Lara M. Wierenga, PhD

Assistant Professor
EXPERTISE MRI, brain development, sex effects, longitudinal modeling, R, freesurfer

Michelle Achterberg, PhD

Assistant Professor
EXPERTISE Behavioral control, social exclusion, brain development, brain function, brain structure, mental health, social environment

Karlijn Hermans, PhD

Post Doc
EXPERTISE social competence, social behavior, Experience Sampling Methodology

Stephan Heunis, PhD

Post Doc
EXPERTISE fMRI analysis, data quality, data visualization, Python, MATLAB, JavaScript, research software engineering, research data management

Mara van der Meulen, PhD

Post Doc
EXPERTISE prosocial behavior, social exclusion, brain development, fMRI, behavioral genetics

Yara Toenders, MSc

Post Doc
EXPERTISE MRI, R, FreeSurfer, depression

Lina van Drunen, MSc

PhD Student
EXPERTISE (f)MRI, brain development, genetic modeling, longitudinal models, R, Mplus

Simone Dobbelaar, MSc

PhD Student
EXPERTISE fMRI, brain development, social behavioral control, prosocial behavior, differential susceptibility, R

Simone Mulder, MSc

Research Data Specialist
EXPERTISE Open Science, Data Infrastructure, Multimodal Longitudinal Data, Placebo effects, Metadata, Data science
It takes a village to raise a child, but also to collect data of Leiden-CID


Irene Pappa

Postdoctoral researcher, VU

Annemieke Witte

Postdoctoral researcher, VU

Jana Runze

PhD student, VU

Anna van Duijvenvoorde

Associate professor, Leiden University

Rens Huffmeijer

Associate professor, Leiden University

Mark Mulder

Data manager, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Mirjam Oosterman

Associate professor, VU

PhD students

Until now, five PhD candidates have successfully defended their thesis on the Leiden-CID Project.
Dr. Claudia Vrijhof (2018)
The way to success - Identifying factors related to individual differences in behavioral control and prosocial behavior
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Dr. Ilse van Wijk (2019)
Social behavior in young twins - Are fearfulness, prosocial and aggressive behavior related to frontal asymetry?
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Dr. Mara van der Meulen (2019)
The social brain in middle childhood - A neurobiological perspective on individual differences in social competence
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Dr. Michelle Achterberg (cum-laude, 2020)
Like me or else… - Nature, nurture and neural mechanisms of social emotion regulation in childhood
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Dr. Laura Kolijn (2021)
A neurocognitive perspective on parenting support - Exploring the role of neural face processing and inhibitory control
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Three PhD students expect to defend their thesis in 2023:
  Simone Dobbelaar, MSc
  Lina van Drunen, MSc
  Jana Runze, MSc

Alumni of the study

  • ​​​​Bianca van den Bulk
  • Bram Zwanenburg
  • Brigitte van den Berghe
  • Charlotte de Vries
  • Claudia Vrijhof
  • Daphne van mierlo
  • Debby van Hees
  • Dorien Huijser
  • Elisabeth Bilo
  • Esther Schreuders
  • Ilse de Visser
  • Ilse van Wijk
  • Jizzo Bosdriesz
  • Judith Jacobs-Rijnboutt
  • Kyra Lubbers
  • Kyra Renet
  • Laura Kolijn
  • Lianne van Setten
  • Lieuwke Zwerver
  • Lisanne Geurts
  • Lizzy Janmaat
  • Marije Verhage
  • Nadieh Drenth
  • Nienke Veenstra
  • Nikki Nibbering
  • Olga Boer
  • Rachel Vermeulen
  • Rani Damsteegt
  • Sanne de Vet
  • Saskia Euser
  • Sjoerd Dobbinga
  • Tammy Bloemen
  • Tanja Hak
  • Veronica Baljé
  • Vibeke Nielsen
students helped during the data collection of the Leiden-CID project

Development matters | Leiden-CID study

This study was developed as one of four work packages of the overarching Consortium on Individual Development (CID).

CID is a large multidisciplinary collaboration that unites the best researchers on youth and development in the Netherlands.
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