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Mara van der Meulen


Dr. M. van der Meulen
+31 71 527 3510

Mara van der Meulen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID), in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. In this large longitudinal twin study on brain development in childhood and emerging adolescence, Mara’s research focusses on longitudinal trajectories of prosocial behaviour from childhood into adolescence.

Short CV

Mara obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012 and her Research Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology in 2014 from Leiden University. After completing her studies, Mara worked as a research assistant in the Brain and Development Research Center to examine the effect of media-by-peer interactions on body image in young women. She obtained her PhD from Leiden University in December 2019. In her PhD project, supervised by Prof. Eveline Crone and Dr. Lara Wierenga, she investigated neural processes associated with prosocial behaviour and social exclusion in middle childhood.


Mara obtained her Basic Qualification for Teaching (BKO) in 2019 and has been involved in several courses, including:

  • Academic Skills Tutorial 
  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pre-University College
  • School Psychology
  • Bachelor and Master thesis supervision 

Relevant links


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

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B09



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