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Lara Wierenga

Assistant professor

L.M. Wierenga Ph.D.
+31 71 527 3787

Lara Wierenga 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

Lara Wierenga is an assistant professor at the Developmental and Educational Psychology unit of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. She is is a principal investigator on the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development.

Lara received her PhD in 2016 at Brain Center Rudolph Magnus in Utrecht, where she focused on structural brain changes in typically and atypically developing children and adolescents. She continued this research at the University of California in San Diego, where she worked as a post-doc researcher to address developmental changes in brain connectivity. Her current research focuses on modeling brain development with longitudinal study designs in order to get a better understanding of genetic and environmental effects on brain development.


  • 2018: Samenwerking Hendrik Mullerprijs prof. E.A. Crone, ter beschikking voor boek: Een visuele ontdekkingstocht door het ontwikkelende brein. €5000,- 
  • 2016: KNAW ter Meulen Beurs for postdoctoral fellow at UCSD, San Diego €23.200,- 
  • 2014: Funding for strategic network development, Internationalization committee UMC Utrecht for visiting scholar at UCSD, San Diego €1.500,-


  • 2017: Travel grant, Flux society conference meeting, Portland €826,- 
  • 2012: Rudolf Magnus poster award €100,- 

Supervised PhD candidates

Relevant links

Leiden Psychology Blog
LinkedIn profile
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Research Gate profile

Assistant professor

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

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden



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