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A.C. Miers

Assistant Professor

Dr. A.C. Miers
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Anne C. Miers is an assistant professor in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

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Short CV

Anne Miers is Assistant Professor at the department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University. 

Anne received her Bachelor degree in Psychology (1st class honours) from University College London, in 2001. Between 2001 and 2003 she worked as a Quantitative Researcher at National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), London where she was involved in large scale longitudinal studies, e.g., Millenium Cohort Study. Following this, Anne obtained her Master degree in 2004, in Child Development (with distinction), from the Institute of Education, London. Hereafter, she moved to the Netherlands where, in 2010, she obtained her PhD from Leiden University, entitled "Bias or Reality? Negative perceptions of ambiguous social cues, social performance and physical arousal in socially anxious youth". 

Anne's PhD project, the Social Anxiety and Normal Development Study (SAND) supervised by Prof. P. M. Westenberg, and Dr. A. W. Blöte, is a unique, large, longitudinal study of social anxiety in children and adolescents, conducted between 2005 and 2010. During her PhD project, Anne investigated several negative cognitive processes in socially anxious teenagers and whether these cognitions are grounded in reality. 

In her post-doctoral research Anne utilised the rich longitudinal SAND data to focus on both interpersonal and intrapersonal influences at school as predictors of social fear in adolescents. This involved using different statistical techniques such as latent class growth modelling to longitudinally investigate the effect of peer evaluation and negative perceptions in a school speech task on the development of social fear in youth aged 9-21 years. 


In her current research, Anne aims to discover new ways to ameliorate social anxiety with a particular focus on the role the peer group plays in this process. Her research focuses on different intervention techniques for social anxiety problems in youth, for example in the micro-trial study conducted in collaboration with TNO, University of Amsterdam and Radboud University. In addition, Anne is interested in the structure of psychopathology, particularly using network analysis, and investigating ways to examine the temporal dynamics of cognitive and affective processes involved in social anxiety.


  • Coordinator Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 
  • Coordinator Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • Supervision of professional and research master student theses 
  • Supervision of professional and research master student internships 


  • 2016 - ZONMW-NWO, Programma 'Effectief werken in de jeugdsector'. Awarded to Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and partners (€27,848)
  • 2010 - NWO, FES-Leren Programma 4: De lerende adolescent: Kiezen, beslissen en sociale cognitie: 'Interpersonal (peer evaluation) and intrapersonal (negative perceptions) influences at school as predictors of social fear in adolescents' (€ 75,000)


  • 2010 PhD prize for best article of the academic year 2009-2010, Leiden University
  • 2004 Prakesh De Silva 1st Prize awarded by Convocation Trust for MSc, IOE, University of London

Supervised PhD candidates

  • S. L. M. Jakobsson Mansson, 'Trial of blended care intervention in treating adolescents with social anxiety disorder', 2017 - present. 
  • S. Vogelaar, Nederlandse Wetenschap Agenda (NWA) project 'Verbinding onderwijs-jeugdzorg', start April 2018. 


  • University Teaching Qualification 
  • Association for Psychological Science 
  • International Society of Affective Disorders 

Relevant links

LinkedIn profile   
Research Gate profile
Website: www.sasr.nl 
Google scholar

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B42



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