Anne Miers is Associate Professor at the department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University.
Miers 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".
Miers' 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, Miers investigated several negative cognitive processes in socially anxious teenagers and whether these cognitions are grounded in reality.
In her post-doctoral research Miers 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, Miers 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, Miers 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
- 2019 “Sociaal-angstige jongeren in de spotlight: PoPPSaY! project.” (€12,500). Stichting Praesidium Libertatis I/Universiteit Leiden. Principal Investigator.
- 2016 ZonMw-NWO, Programme common interventions and their efficacy. 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. co-applicant (€ 75,000)
- 2019 Early Career Researcher Award, runner up: International Society for Affective Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
- 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 Wetenschapagenda (NWA) project 'Verbinding onderwijs-jeugdzorg', since April 2018.
- University Teaching Qualification
- Association for Psychological Science
- International Society of Affective Disorders
- Miers A.C. (2021), An investigation into the influence of positive peer feedback on self-relevant cognitions in social anxiety, Behaviour Change 38(3): 193–207.
- Yu M., Westenberg P. M., Wang Y., Wang J.P. & Miers A.C. (2021), Psychometric properties of the adolescents' interpretation and belief questionnaire (AIBQ) for measuring interpretation bias in Chinese adolescents, Current Psychology .
- Miers A.C., Sumter S.R., Clark D.M. & Leigh E. (2020), Interpretation bias in online and offline social environments and associations with social anxiety, peer victimization, and avoidance behavior, COGNITIVE THER RES 44(4): 820-833.
- Miers A.C., Weeda W.D., Blöte A.W., Cramer A.O.J., Borsboom D. & Westenberg P.M. (2020), A cross-sectional and longitudinal network analysis approach to understanding connections among social anxiety components in youth, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 129(1): 82-91.
- Loon A.W.G. van, Creemers H.E., Beumer W.Y., Okorn A., Vogelaar S., Saab N., Miers A.C., Westenberg P.M. & Asscher J.J. (2020), Can schools reduce adolescent psychological stress? A multilevel meta-analysis of the effectiveness of school-based intervention programs, Journal of Youth and Adolescence 49: 1127–1145.
- Blöte A.W., Miers A.C., Van den Bos E. & Westenberg P.M. (2019), Negative social self-cognitions: How shyness may lead to social anxiety, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 63: 9-15.
- Yu M., Westenberg P.M., Li W., Wang J. & Miers A.C. (2019), Cultural evidence for interpretation bias as a feature of social anxiety in Chinese adolescents, Anxiety, Stress and Coping 32(4): 376-386.
- Loon A.W.G. van, Creemers H.E., Vogelaar S., Saab N., Miers A.C., Westenberg P.M. & Asscher J.J. (2019), The effectiveness of school-based skills-training programs promoting mental health in adolescents: A study protocol for a randomized controlled study, BMC Public Health 19: e712.
- Blöte A.W., Miers A.C., Van den Bos E. & Westenberg P.M. (2019), The role of performance quality in adolescents' self-evaluation and rumination after a speech: Is it contingent on social anxiety level?, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 47(2): 148-163.
- Miers A.C., Ziermans T.B. & Van Rijn S. (2017), Connecting the dots between schizotypal symptoms and social anxiety in youth with an extra X chromosome: A mediating role for catastrophizing, Brain Sciences 7(9): e113.
- Loscalzo Y., Giannini M. & Miers A.C. (2018), Social anxiety and interpretation bias: Examining clinical and subclinical components in adolescents, Child and Adolescent Mental Health 23(3): 169-176.
- Blöte A.W., Miers A.C. & Westenberg P.M. (2016), Adolescent social anxiety and substance use: The role of susceptibility to peer pressure, Child Development Research 2016(9468972): 1-8.
- Blöte A.W., Miers A.C. & Westenberg P.M. (2015), The role of social performance and physical attractiveness in peer rejection of socially anxious adolescents, Journal of Research on Adolescence 25(1): 189-200.
- Blöte A.W., Miers A.C., Heyne D.A. & Westenberg P.M. (2015), Social anxiety and the school environment of adolescents. In: Ranta, K., La Greca, A.M., Garcia-Lopez, L.-J., Marttunen, M. (Eds.) Social Anxiety and Phobia in Adolescents: Development, Manifestation and Intervention Strategies.: Springer International Publishing. 151-181.
- Blöte A.W., Poungjit A., Miers A.C., Van Beek Y. & Westenberg P.M. (2015), The Speech Performance Observation Scale for Youth (SPOSY): Assessing social performance characteristics related to social anxiety, Journal of Experimental Psychopathology 6(2): 168-184.
- Miers A.C., Blöte A.W., Heyne D.A. & Westenberg P.M. (2014), Developmental pathways of social avoidance across adolescence: The role of social anxiety and negative cognition, Journal of anxiety disorders 28(8): 787-794.
- Van den Bos E., De Rooij M., Miers A.C., Bokhorst C.L. & Westenberg P.M. (2014), Adolescents' increasing stress response to social evaluation: Pubertal effects on cortisol and alpha-amylase during public speaking, Eğitim Bilimleri Araştırmaları Dergisi 85(1): 220-236.
- Blöte A.W., Miers A.C., Heyne D.A., Clark D.M. & Westenberg P.M. (2014), The relation between social anxiety and audience perception: Examining Clark and Wells' (1995) model among adolescents, Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy 42(5): 555-567.
- Miers A.C., Blöte A.W., De Rooij M.J., Bokhorst C.L. & Westenberg P.M. (2013), Trajectories of social anxiety during adolescence and relations with cognition, social competence, and temperament, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 41(1): 97-110.
- Blöte-Aanhane A.W., Bokhorst C.L., Miers A.C. & Westenberg P.M. (2012), Why are socially anxious adolescents rejected by peers? The role of subject-group similarity characteristics, Journal of Research on Adolescence 22: 123-134.
- Novin S., Rieffe C., Banerjee R.A., Miers A.C. & Cheung J. (2011), Anger response styles in Chinese and Dutch children: A socio-cultural perspective on anger regulation, British Journal of Developmental Psychology 29(4): 806-822.
- Miers A.C., Blöte-Aanhane A.W. & Westenberg P.M. (2011), Negative Social Cognitions in Socially Anxious Youth: Distorted Reality or a Kernel of Truth?, Journal of Child and Family Studies 20(2): 214-223.
- Miers A.C., Blöte-Aanhane A.W., Sumter S.R., Kallen V.L. & Westenberg P.M. (2011), Subjective and objective arousal correspondence and the role of self-monitoring processes in high and low socially anxious youth, Journal of Experimental Psychopathology 2(4): 531-550.
- Miers A.C. (3 March 2010), Bias or reality? : negative perceptions of ambiguous social cues, social performance and physical arousal in socially anxious youth (PhD thesis. Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Westenberg, P.M., Blöte, A.W.
- Sumter S.R., Bokhorst C.L., Miers A.C., Pelt J. van & Westenberg P.M. (2010), Age and puberty differences in stress responses during a public speaking task: Do adolescents grow more sensitive to social evaluation?, Psychoneuroendocrinology 35(10): 1510-1516.
- Miers A.C., Blöte-Aanhane A.W. & Westenberg P.M. (2010), Peer perceptions of social skills in socially anxious and nonanxious adolescents, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 38(1): 33-41.
- Westenberg P.M., Bokhorst C.L., Miers A.C., Sumter S.R., Kallen V.L., Pelt J. van & Blöte-Aanhane A.W. (2009), A prepared speech in front of a pre-recorded audience: Subjective, physiological, and neuroendocrine responses to the Leiden Public Speaking Task, Biological Psychology 82(2): 116-124.
- Miers A.C., Blöte-Aanhane A.W., Bokhorst C.L. & Westenberg P.M. (2009), Negative self-evaluations and the relation to performance level in socially anxious children and adolescents, Behaviour Research and Therapy 47(12): 1043-1049.
- Blöte-Aanhane A.W., Kint M.J.W., Miers A.C. & Westenberg P.M. (2009), The relation between public speaking anxiety and social anxiety: A review, Journal of Anxiety Disorders 23(3): 305-313.
- Rieffe C., Oosterveld P., Miers A.C., Meerum Terwogt M. & Ly V. (2008), Emotion awareness and internalising symptoms in children and adolescents: The Emotion Awareness Questionnaire revised, Personality and Individual Differences 45(8): 756-761.
- Miers A.C., Blöte-Aanhane A.W., Bögels S.M. & Westenberg P.M. (2008), Interpretation bias and social anxiety in adolescents, Journal of Anxiety Disorders 22(8): 1462-1471.
- Rieffe C., Meerum Terwogt M., Petrides K.V., Cowan R., Miers A.C. & Tolland A. (2007), Psychometric properties of the Emotion Awareness Questionnaire for children, Personality and Individual Differences 43(1): 95-105.
- Miers A.C., Rieffe C., Meerum Terwogt M. & Linden W. (2007), The relation between anger coping strategies, anger mood and somatic complaints in children and adolescents, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 35(4): 653-664.
- Meerum Terwogt M., Rieffe C., Miers A.C., Jellesma F.C. & Tolland A. (2006), Emotions and self-esteem as indicators of somatic complaints in children, Infant and Child Development 15(6): 581-592.
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