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Femmie Juffer

Professor emeritus of Adoption Studies

Prof.dr. F. Juffer
+31 71 527 2727

Academic Career

  • Professor of Adoption Studies (2000-2020)
  • Cluster head Adoption and Foster Care in PEARL (Program for Emotion regulation and Attachment Research in Leiden)
  • Chair of the Centre for Child and Family Studies (2002-2009)
  • Staff member Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development 
  • Associate Professor Leiden University
  • Assistant Professor Leiden University (1993)
  • Post-doc NWO, Utrecht University (1993-1995)
  • PhD. Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht University (1993) 

The Chair on Adoption Studies was established at Leiden University, Centre for Child and Family Studies, in 2000 by Wereldkinderen The Hague. The inaugural speech took place at the 1st of February, 2002, entitled 'Adoptie, een optie voor kind en gezin?' ('Adoption, an option for child and family?'). 

Academic awards

  • Public Services Award, 2015 (Leiden University)
  • Royal decoration of Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau, 2010
  • Casimir Award, 2005 (Excellent teacher award Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University)
  • Piet Vroon Award, 2004 (Research for practice award, Leiden University) 

Teaching and training activities

Until 2016: Several courses for Bachelor, Master, and Research Master students, e.g., Prevention & Intervention, Adoption & Fostering. 

Until 2020: Trainer and supervisor of the Leiden attachment-based program Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD). See: Juffer, F., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (Eds.) (2008).  Promoting positive parenting: An attachment-based intervention. New York: Taylor & Francis. See website Vipp.

Main research interests

  • (International) adoption and foster care 
  • Early childhood intervention and attachment-based video-feedback intervention
  • Attachment and intervention in adoptive and foster families 
  • Parental sensitivity and sensitive parenting
  • Behavior problems in (early) childhood and adolescence
  • Meta-analysis
  • Child-rearing in institutions and orphanages 
  •  Longitudinal adoption studies from infancy to adulthood
  • Physical growth and stress
  • Social-emotional and cognitive development of adopted children/adopted adults 

Editorial and administrative activities

  • Editor foster care magazine BIJ ONS
  • Editor magazine de Pedagoog
  • Guest editor special issue of Attachment & Human Development, together with Dr. Miriam Steele (2014)
  • Member Editorial Board of Adoption Quarterly (2005-2020)
  • Associate editor of Adoptietijdschrift (Dutch journal on adoption) (1998-2010)
  • Member Editorial Board of Mobiel, tijdschrift voor Pleegzorg (Dutch journal on foster care) (2008-2021)
  • Co-founder and advisor Adoption Research Center (ADOC, in liquidation) at Leiden University (2000-2016)
  • Chair ICAR3 (International Conference on Adoption Research), Leiden 2010
  • Chair Opleidingscommissie Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Chair Ethiekcommissie Pedagogische Wetenschappen (ethical committee)
  • Chair Raad van Advies Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Member Toelatingscommissie Masteropleiding Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Member Commissie Minorstelsel
  • Member Expertisenetwerk Pleegzorg (national professional network for foster care) 
  • Member of the Board of the Nederlandse vereniging van pedagogen en onderwijskundigen (NVO) professional association).

Reviewer for international journals (selection)

Adoption Quarterly; American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; Archives of General Psychiatry; Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; Attachment and Human Development; Child Abuse and Neglect; Child Development; Child Development Perspectives; Children and Youth Services Review; Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Developmental Psychology; Developmental Review; European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Infant Behavior and Development; Infant Mental Health Journal; International Journal of Behavioral Development; Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology; Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry; Journal of Family Psychology; Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology; Parenting: Science and Practice; Pediatrics; Personal Relationships; Social Development.

See Dutch profile Femmie Juffer

Professor emeritus of Adoption Studies

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Opvoeding en Ontwikkeling


  • Mobiel tijdschrift voor pleegzorg Redactielid (Member editorial board Dutch journal on foster care)
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