Curriculum Vitae

Academic Appointment

  • Assistant professor, Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam (2017 - present)
  • Director PhD Education, Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam (2018 - present)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford (2013 - 2017)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam (2013 - 2017)

Education

  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University (2014)
  • Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oregon and Arizona State University (2012)
  • MA, cum laude, Behavioural Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (2009)
  • BA, Pedagogical Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (2007)

Research grants

  • Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). Early intervention to prevent child maltreatment. Co-I with Claudia van der Put, University of Amsterdam, and others. (2018-2021)
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  • Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam. Can parenting support enhance the effects of trauma focused CBT to reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms in Syrian refugee children? Co-PI with Geertjan Overbeek and Hend Eltanamly (PhD student), University of Amsterdam. (2016-2020)
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  • Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). Effective treatment of externalizing behavior problems with a limited number of effective components. Co-Investigator with Bram Orobio de Castro (PI), Utrecht University, and others. (2016-2019)
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  • Research Institute of Child Development and Education, University of Amsterdam. Sustained effects of parenting interventions for reducing disruptive child behavior. Co-PI with Geertjan Overbeek and Jolien van Aar (PhD student), University of Amsterdam. (2015-2018)
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  • University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. (2015-2016)
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  • University of Oxford, Fell Fund. Optimising parenting interventions through methodological and programmatic innovation to reduce the risk of child maltreatment and improve child wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries. Co-Investigator with Frances Gardner (PI) and Jamie McLaren Lachman, University of Oxford. (2016-2018)
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  • Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). Effects of client factors, therapist factors, and client-therapist alliance on the evidence-based parenting intervention Incredible Years in diverse samples of families. Co-principal investigator with Bram Orobio de Castro and Maartje Raaijmakers, Utrecht University, and Els van den Ban, Altrecht Institute for Mental Health Utrecht. (2014-2015)
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  • UBS Optimus Foundation. What are the essential components of parenting interventions for reducing child maltreatment and child behavioural problems? Co-investigator with Frances Gardner (PI), University of Oxford, Christopher Mikton, World Health Organisation, Judy Hutchings, Bangor University, G.J. Melendez-Torres, University of Oxford. (2014-2015)

Recognitions

  • Second place in teacher of the year competition, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam (2018)
  • ZonMw (NWO) "pearl" for my dissertation research on the effects of the Incredible Years parenting intervention (2015)
  • Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Junior Research Fellowship (2015)
  • Jacobs Foundation Marbach Residency Program (2015)
  • Society for Prevention Research / Early Career Preventionist Network Travel Award (2014)
  • Jacobs Foundation European Conference on Developmental Psychology pre-conference workshop and travel grant (2013)
  • Occasional Lecturer Fund Award, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (2012)
  • Fulbright Scholarship: visiting scholar at University of Oregon and Arizona State University (2012)
  • Kind en Adolescent Travel Grant (2012)
  • MA, cum laude, Radboud University Nijmegen (2009)

Publications

  • 2018
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  • Leijten, P., Gardner, F., Melendez-Torres, G. J., van Aar, J., Hutchings, J., Schulz, S., Knerr, W. & Overbeek, G. (in press). What to teach parents to reduce disruptive child behavior: Two meta-analyses of parenting program components. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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  • Leijten, P., Gardner, F., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Knerr, W., & Overbeek, G. (2018). Parenting behaviors that shape child compliance: A multilevel meta-analysis. PLOS ONE, 10, e0204929. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0204929
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  • Leijten, P., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Gardner, F., van Aar, J., Schulz, S., & Overbeek, G. (2018). Are relationship enhancement and behavior management the “Golden Couple” for reducing disruptive child behavior? Two meta-analyses. Child Development, 89, 1933-2306. doi:10.1111/cdev.13051
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  • Leijten, P., Gardner, F., Landau, S., Harris, V., Mann, J., Hutchings, J., ... & Scott, S. (2018). Harnessing the power of individual participant data in a meta-analysis of the benefits and harms of the Incredible Years parenting program. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59, 99-109. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12781
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Wijngaards, L., Matthys, W., Menting, A. T. A., Hemink-van Putten, M., & Orobio de Castro, B. (2018). Understanding who benefits from parenting interventions for children’s conduct problems: An integrative data analysis. Prevention Science, 19, 579-588. doi:10.1007/s11121-018-0864-y
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  • Leijten, P., Menting, A. T. A., Wijngaards, L., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Matthys, W., & Orobio de Castro, B. (2018). Ouderinterventie voor gedragsproblemen bij kinderen: Dezelfde interventie even effectief voor verschillende gezinnen? Kind en Adolescent, 39, 143-159. doi:10.1007/s12453-018-0177-8 
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  • Gardner, F, Leijten, P., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Scott, S., Beecham, J, Mann, J., . . . & Landau, S. (2018). Earlier the better? Individual Participant data and traditional meta-analysis of age effects of parenting intervention. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13138
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  • Parra-Cardona, J. R., Leijten, P., Baumann, A., Mejía, A., Lachman, J., Amador Buenabad, N. G. . . . &  Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2018). Strengthening a culture of prevention in low- and middle-income countries: Balancing scientific expectations and contextual realities. Prevention Science. doi:10.1007/s11121-018-0935-0
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  • Schulz, S., Leijten, P., Shaw, D. S., & Overbeek, G. (in press). Parental reactivity to disruptive behavior in toddlerhood: An experimental study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 
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  • 2017
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., van den Ban, E., & Matthys, W. (2017). Effectiveness of the Incredible Years parenting intervention for families with socioeconomically disadvantaged and ethnic minority backgrounds. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46, 59-73. doi:10.1080/15374416.2015.1038823
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  • Leijten, P. (2017). Review of the book Opgroeien in het Hedendaagse Gezin, by F. van der Horst et al. Pedagogiek, 37, 275-278.
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  • Gardner, F., & Leijten, P. (2017). Incredible Years parenting interventions: Current effectiveness research and future directions. Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, 99-104. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.02.023
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  • Gardner, F., Leijten, P., Mann, J., Landau, S., Harris, V., Beecham, J., . . . & Scott, S. (2017). Could scale-up of parenting programmes improve child disruptive behaviour and reduce social inequalities? Using individual participant data meta-analysis to establish for whom programmes are effective and cost-effective. Public Health Research, 5(10). Link
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  • Mejía, A., Leijten, P., Lachman, J. M., Parra-Cardona, J. R. (2017). Different strokes for different folks? Contrasting approaches to cultural adaptation of parenting interventions. Prevention Science, 18, 630-639. doi:10.1007/s11121-016-0671-2
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  • van Aar, J., Leijten, P., Orobio de Castro, B., & Overbeek, G. (2017). Sustained, fade-out or sleeper effects? A systematic review and meta-analysis of parenting interventions for disruptive child behavior. Clinical Psychology Review, 51, 153-163. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2016.11.006
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  • Vlahovicova, K., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Leijten, P., Knerr, W., & Gardner, F. (2017). Parenting programs for the prevention of child physical abuse recurrence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20, 351-365. doi:10.1007/s10567-017-0232-7
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  • 2016
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  • Leijten, P., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Knerr, W., & Gardner, F. (2016). Transported versus homegrown parenting interventions for reducing disruptive child behavior: A multilevel meta-regression study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55, 610-617. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2016.05.003
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  • Leijten, P., Thomaes, S., Orobio de Castro, B., Dishion, T. J. & Matthys, W. (2016). What good is labeling what’s good? A field experimental investigation of labeled praise and child compliance. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 87, 134-141. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2016.09.008  
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2016). Ethnic differences in problem perception: Immigrant mothers in a parenting intervention to reduce disruptive child behavior. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86, 323-331. doi:10.1037/ort0000142
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2016). Incredible Years ouderprogramma voor gedragsproblemen bij kinderen uit laagopgeleide- en migrantengezinnen [Incredible Years parenting intervention for disruptive behavior in socioeconomically disadvantaged and immigrant children]. Systeemtherapie, 28, 233-241. Available online.
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  • 2015
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  • Leijten, P., Dishion, T. J., Thomaes, S., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2015). Bringing parenting interventions back to the future: How randomized controlled microtrials may benefit parenting intervention efficacy. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 22, 47-57. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12087
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  • Leijten, P., Shaw, D. S., Gardner, F., Wilson, M. N., Matthys, W., & Dishion, T. J. (2015). The Family Check-Up and service use in high risk families of young children: Bridging the gap between empirically supported prevention and community-based service. Prevention Science, 16, 397-406. doi:10.1007/s11121-014-0479-x
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  • Abrahamse, M. E., Junger, M., Leijten, P., Boer, F., & Lindauer, R. J. L. (2015). Identifying behavioural problems in a community sample and a multi-ethnic clinical sample of young children: Psychometric properties of the Dutch Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37, 679-691. doi:10.1007/s10862-015-9482-1
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  • Before 2015
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2013). Does socioeconomic status matter? A meta-analysis on parent training effectiveness for disruptive child behavior. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 384-392. doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.769169
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  • Leijten, P., Overbeek, G., & Janssens, J. M. A. M. (2013). Praten met Kinderen: Effectief voor ouders van (pre)adolescenten [Parents and Children Talking Together: An effective Parent Training Program in (pre)Adolescence?]. Kind en Adolescent, 34, 80-91. Available online.
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  • Leijten, P., Overbeek, G., & Janssens, J. M. A. M. (2012). Effectiveness of a parent training program in (pre)adolescence: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 833-842. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.11.009
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., Posthumus, J. A., & Matthys, W. (2011). Oudertraining Incredible Years effectief bij gedragsprobleem jong kind [Incredible Years effective for the reduction of behavior problems in young children]. JeugdenCo Kennis, 5, 17-23. Available online.

Dissertation

  • Leijten, P. (2014). Toward improved parenting interventions for disruptive child behavior: Reaching disadvantaged families and searching for effective elements. Doctoral thesis. Available online.

Invited Lectures

  • Harvard University, US (April, 2016). Should we Each Develop Our Own? Transportability of Parenting Interventions for Reducing Children’s Conduct Problems. Invited Lecture for Harvard University Undergraduate Psychology Course.
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  • Harvard University, US (March, 2016). Why Children Comply. Invited Lecture at the Lab for Youth Mental Health.
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  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom (May, 2015). Identifying the Essential Components of Parenting Interventions. UBS Optimus meeting on Integrating Violence Prevention efforts into Early Child Development interventions. Invited Lecture at Wolfson College Mind Brain and Behaviour Cluster.
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  • University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (Sept, 2014). Identifying the Essential Components of Parenting Interventions. UBS Optimus meeting on Integrating Violence Prevention efforts into Early Child Development interventions.
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  • ECDP, Lausanne, Switzerland (Sept, 2013). How Experimental Methods Can Inform Parenting Intervention Theory and Development. Invited Symposium at the Biennial European Conference on Developmental Psychology.
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  • Arizona State University, US (Dec, 2012). Disentangling Parent Training Effectiveness: The Search for Effective Components. Invited Lecture at the Prevention Research Center.
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  • University of Oregon, US (Oct, 2012). Parent Training Effectiveness: Disadvantaged Samples and the Search for Effective Components. Invited Lecture at the Child and Family Center.

Conference Contributions (selection)

  • Leijten, P. (July, 2017). Symposium discussant. Parental differential susceptibility to parenting interventions. Biennial meeting of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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  • Leijten, P. (May, 2017). Harnessing scientific evidence to develop guidelines for policy makers and professionals about using parenting programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington D.C., United States.
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  • Leijten, P. (April, 2017). Symposium chair. Using intervention research to inform child development. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, United States.
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  • Leijten, P. (April, 2017). Using intervention research to understand why children comply. Paper to be presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, United States.
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  • Leijten, P., Gardner, F., Melendez-Torres, G.J., & Knerr, W. (May, 2016). What are the effective elements of parenting interventions for reducing disruptive child behavior? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, United States.
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  • Leijten, P. (July, 2015). Symposium chair.Genetic and socio-demographic moderators of interventions to reduce youth conduct problems. Biennual meeting of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Portland, United States.
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  • Gardner, F., Leijten, P. et al. (July 2015). Who benefits from parenting interventions for reducing disruptive child behavior? Pooling data across 14 RCTs in Europe. Paper presented at the biennual meeting of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Portland, United States.
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  • Leijten, P. (May, 2015). Symposium discussant: The Continuum of Cultural Adaptation: Implementation Feasibility and Efficacy of Three Differentially Adapted Parenting Interventions. Annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. Washington D.C., United States.
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  • Leijten, P., Gardner, F., Melendez-Torres, G.J., & Knerr, W. (May, 2015). Parenting Interventions Going Global: Multi-Level Meta-Analysis on the Effectiveness of Transported and ‘Home Grown' Parenting Interventions to Reduce Disruptive Child Behavior. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. Washington DC, USA.
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  • Leijten, P., Thomaes, S., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (March, 2015). What good is labeling what's good? Field experiments on the effectiveness of labeled and unlabeled praise to improve child behavior. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Philadelphia, USA.
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, van den Ban, E. & Matthys, W. (July, 2014). Incredible Years parenting program for socioeconomically disadvantaged and ethnic minority families: How we reach them and if it works. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. Shanghai, China.
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  • Leijten, P. (May, 2014). Symposium chair. Identifying Effective Intervention Components: How Microtrials and Idiographic Research Can Benefit Prevention Research. Annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington D.C, United States. Participation based on awarded SPR/ECPN travel award.
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  • Leijten, P., Dishion, T. J., Thomaes, S., Raaijmakers, M. A. J. Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (May, 2014). What good is labeling what's good? Field experiments on the effectiveness of labeled and unlabeled praise to improve child behavior. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington D.C, USA.              
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, van den Ban, E. & Matthys, W. (May, 2014). Effectiveness of the Incredible Years parenting program for socioeconomically disadvantaged and immigrant families. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, Washington D.C, USA.
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  • Leijten, P., Dishion, T. J., Thomaes, S., Raaijmakers, M. A. J. Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (Sept, 2013). How Experimental Methods Can Inform Parenting Intervention Theory and Development. Paper presented at the biennial European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Lausanne, Switzerland. Participation based on awarded Jacobs Foundation Fellowship.
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  • Leijten, P. (Sept, 2013). Incredible Years parent training for low socioeconomic status migrant families: How we reach them and if it works? Paper  presented at the 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Lausanne, Switzerland.
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  • Leijten, P. (July, 2012). Symposium chair: "Mommy, please don't praise me?": On the sunny and shady sides of praise. Biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. Edmonton, Canada.
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  • Leijten, P., Thomaes, S., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (July, 2012). Does praise have to be natural to be effective? Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. Edmonton, Canada.
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  • Leijten, P. (May, 2012). Symposium chair: On the psychology of parenting: new perspectives on parental mindsets, investment, and control. Biennial meeting of the Dutch Society of Developmental Psychology. Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B. & Matthys, W. (April, 2011). Does socioeconomic status really affect parent training effectiveness? A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the biennial conference of the Society of Research in Child Development, Montréal, Canada.
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  • Leijten, P., & Helmond, P. E. (January, 2011). Conference organizer: The ins and outs of intervention research: Making it work. Utrecht, The Netherlands. Speakers: Dr. Thomas Dishion, University of Oregon, Dr. Isabela Granic, Radboud University Nijmegen, Dr. Joop Hox, Utrecht University.
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  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B. & Matthys, W. (September, 2010). Socioeconomic status and initial problem behavior severity in parent training efficacy: A meta-analysis. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved Professions. Basel, Switzerland.
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  • Leijten, P., Overbeek, G., & Janssens, J. M. A. M. (August, 2009). Effectiveness of a parent training program in (pre)adolescence: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Paper presented at the biennial European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Vilnius, Lithuania.


PhD students

  • Jolien van Aar (2015 - present): What happens after parenting interventions end?
  • Hend Eltanamly (2016 - present): Parenting in times of war
  • Merel de Wit (2018 - present): Optimizing prevention strategies for child maltreatment


Teaching

2009 - present
Supervision BA and MA theses (e.g., longer-term effects of parenting interventions; parenting in Syrian refugee families in the Netherlands).
2013 - present
Course development and teaching in several BA and MA courses on child development and education (e.g., Family Systems, Preventive Youth Interventions, Academic writing).
2009 - 2012
Several BA and MA courses in developmental psychology.
2008 - 2009
BA course pedagogical sciences.
 

Other academic activities

2013 - present
Reviewer for Child Development; Developmental Psychology; Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; Child Development Perspectives; Behaviour Research and Therapy; Assessment; Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review; Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Child Abuse & Neglect; Prevention Science; European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Early Childhood Research Quarterly; Journal of Experimental Psychopathology; PLoS ONE; Journal of Child and Family Studies; Globalization and Health; Children and Youth Services Review.
2014 - present
Member of the Editorial Board of Prevention Science.
2016 - present
Committee member and/or grant application reviewer for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, "Promotiebeurs voor Leraren"), Fulbright Organisation, Tryg Foundation Denmark.
2014 - present
Member of the Parenting Project Group, Violence Prevention Alliance, World Health Organisation (WHO).
2017 - present
Mentor for the World Health Organisation (WHO) MENTOR-VIP program for capacity building.
2010 - 2011
Chair of the departmental young scholar committee, Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University.
2004 - 2007
Student member of the educational committee BA Pedagogical Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen.