Prof. Dr. Robin Banerjee

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Robin Banerjee is a professor in Psychology at the University of Sussex. His work addresses social-cognitive and emotional processes associated with children's peer relations. He is collaborating with us on studies investigating children's strategies for coping with difficult emotions, and their understanding of emotional display rules.

Dies Natalis: Leiden University's 444th Birthday

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Screen Shot 2019 02 12 at 10.37.55On the 8th of February 2019 Leiden University celebrated its 444th birthday – a very special occasion with a very special celebration. Carolien took part in the traditional Dies Natalis procession through the city of Leiden, which included drummers, flautists and, of course, professors. When the procession reached its destination at Pieterskerk, the festivities continued with a ceremony, where Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker delivered a superb opening address emphasising the importance of sharing knowledge with the University’s neighbours in Leiden and the Hague.

“We are throwing the doors wide open

and venturing into the big wide world”

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Other forms of celebration are taking place too, like visits by professors to 40 primary schools across Leiden and the Hague, in order to develop connections between the University and the younger generation. Read more about the Dies Natalis celebrations here and see more photos on Twitter @LedienPsy.

Social participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing children

February 11th, 2019

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On February 8th, Adva was invited by the National Dutch Association for Audiology (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Audiologie, NVA) to present her project on social participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing children in regular schools. During this presentation, Adva stressed the importance of accessibility and the steps that could be considered in order to reach this aim.

Adva is currently looking for participants for this project (click on the poster above for more information). Children aged 9-12 in Dutch mainstream schools, who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, are invited to participate. You can read more about this research here and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you, your students or your children might be interested in participating.


Lecture in Birmingham for teachers of DHH children

January 18th, 2019

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On 11 January, at the invitation of the Education School of the University of Birmingham, Boya gave a talk on psychosocial development in children with hearing loss for the residential week program. This program is organized twice a year by the programme leader Dr. Emmanouela Terlektsi (right side photo) and colleagues, and consists of multiple seminars and workshops on the topic of hearing impairment. Participants are teachers and professionals who work with children and young people with hearing impairment and seek the mandatory teaching qualification. Boya’s talk was successful and contributed well to the residential week, according to the audience.


Evelien Broekhof submitted her PhD thesis!

December 21st, 2018

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On Thursday December 20th, just before the start of the Christmas holiday, Evelien Broekhof submitted her thesis entitled "Reflect, (re)act and interaction; the roles of shame, guilt, and social access in adolescent aggression", supervised by Carolien and Marieke Bos. Great job, Evelien!


NOC*NSF Sport Gala 2018

December 20th, 2018

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On December 19th, the NOC*NSF held a sport gala for voting "the Atheletes of the Year", which was broadcast live on NPO 1. The NOC*NSF research program manager, Nicolette van Veldhoven (right on photo), is the principal investigator of the NWO "Kids First" project. This project, in which our lab participates, aims to create a safe social climate for children at sport clubs and started March 2018.


Boya gives her first lecture on moral emotions and culture

October 10th, 2018

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On Tuesday 25th of September, Boya gave her first lecture as part of the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) course for Bachelor students of Psychology.

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Who are we?

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Our team is located at the department of Developmental Psychology of Leiden University in the Netherlands. We work in close collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child (NSDSK), the ENT department of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), and the Centre for Autism. Our group is dedicated to examining the emotional development of children and adolescents of all walks of life. We have a strong focus on the functionality of emotions, and its impact on children's social development. Besides typically developing children and adolescents, we are interested in the development of those with hearing impairments, with autism spectrum disorders, or with specific language impairments.

On this site we regularly post news items about new publications, events, and so on. You can also read more about our ongoing projects, read about and download questionnaires we have developed, see an overview of our publications per topic, or read about opportunities for students to join our team.