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Mitch van Geel

Associate Professor

Dr. M. van Geel
+31 71 527 6711

Short CV

Mitch van Geel studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam (2001-2006). He finished his studies with a specialization in research methods and statistics. After his study, he finished a PhD on the acculturation and adaptation of immigrant youth in the Netherlands at Leiden University (2006-2009). Since 2009 he is employed as assistant professor at Leiden University. He teaches the courses 'Interventions in Child Studies' and 'Introduction to Child Studies' and does research on bullying and cyberbullying.                                                                

Work days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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The research of Mitch van Geel focuses on peer victimization, bullying and cyberbullying. He analyzes the potential consequences of bullying, but also focuses on which ostyouth are likely to become bullies or victims of (cyber)bullying. Mitch van Geel is also involved as a methodologist/ statistician and/or as a co-promotor in projects about youth time spending in India, youth psychopathy, rebound facilities, foster care, polarization and immigrant youth.

Grants and awards

  • Grassroots Subsidy (2016; 1.000 euro's): for innovations in teaching.
  • Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland (2014; 25.000 euro's): for a study about decision making in foster care.
  • ZonMW diversity in youthcare (2010; 86.000 euro's). For a study about polarization between immigrant and national youth.
  • Jacobs Foundation Traveling Grant (2008; 500 euro's). To attend a summer school on Syros.


  • Excellent Teacher in Child Studies (2016; 2000 euro's)
  • Best Article in Child Maltreatment (2016; $1.000)

Supervised PhD candidates

  • Niharika Thakkar (ongoing) – a PhD project wherein a longitudinal design is used to study bullying in India
  • Xing Zhao (ongoing) - a PhD project wherein a longitudinal design is used to predict bullying roles among adolescents in China (CSC scholarship)
  • Begum Coskun (2015): Time-Out: an evaluation of rebound facilities
  • Janna Fortuin (2016): Birds of a feather: Selection and Socialization Processes in Youths’ Social Networks
  • Radhika Bapat (2016): The class divide in urban Indian youths’ lives; their time use and adaptive functioning
  • Anouk Goemans (2017): The development of children in foster care
  • Wendy Zwaanswijk (2017): Psychopathy in 3D: Using three dimensions to model psychopathic traits in youth


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Le Figaro

Globe and Mail

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Psychology Today


Mitch van Geel also appeared in the Dutch RTL nieuws, and his research was mentioned in the TED presentation by Monica Lewinsky and recently in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Forensische gezinsped. en Jeugdhulpverl.

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4B37



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