Universiteit Leiden

nl en

Esther van den Bos

Assistant Professor

Dr. E.J. van den Bos
+31 71 527 6868

Esther van den Bos is an assistant professor in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

More information about Esther van den Bos

“The development of social anxiety is a multidimensional puzzle with experiential, physiological, physical, cognitive and psychosocial pieces.”

Esther van den Bos is an assistant professor in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. 

Her current research focuses on physical and behavioral responses to social-evaluative situations (e.g. public speaking). She is interested in the normal development of behavioral, physiological and neuroendocrine responses to such situations in adolescence and specifically in their relation with puberty and socio-cognitive development. In addition, she investigates how the pattern of development may be different in adolescents with high levels of social anxiety or public speaking anxiety.

Esther obtained her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Leiden University in 2007. She wrote her thesis on implicit learning of artificial grammars, under supervision of dr. Fenna Poletiek and prof. dr. Bernhard Hommel. She received a Niels Stensen Fellowship to study statistical learning of language-like structures in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Cornell University in 2007-2008. Subsequently, she worked as a lecturer at the Free University of Amsterdam. She returned to Leiden as a postdoctoral researcher in the Developmental and Educational Psychology unit in 2011.

Assistant Professor

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

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B49



  • Geen relevante nevenwerkzaamheden

This website uses cookies. More information