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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), after which study he finished a PhD at Leiden University (2006-2009). Ever since then, he has been employed at the Institute of Education and Child studies (Leiden University) first as an assistant professor (2009-2020) and then as an associate professor (since 2020). He teaches the courses 'Interventions in Child Studies', ‘Recent Advances in Education and Child Studies’ and 'Introduction to Developmental Psychology' and does research on bullying and cyberbullying.

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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 youth are likely to become bullies or victims of (cyber)bullying. Mitch van Geel does this research not only in the Netherlands, but also for example in India and China. Mitch van Geel frequently uses meta-analyses and longitudinal designs in his research.

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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).
  • 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

  • PhDs: Xing Zhao (ongoing; CSC scholarship)
  • Dan Gao (ongoing; CSC scholarship)
  • Niharika Thakkar (2021)
  • Begum Coskun (2015)
  • Janna Fortuin (2016)
  • Radhika Bapat (2016)
  • Anouk Goemans (2017)
  • Wendy Zwaanswijk (2017)


Psychology Today: What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant
› LA Times: Teens taunted by bullies are more likely to consider, attempt suicide 
TIME: Bullied Teens Twice as Likely to Consider Suicide
Business Standard: Teen bullies, victims more likely to carry weapons
U.S. News: Teen Bullies, Victims Armed More Than Other Kids, Study Says
Le Figaro: Cyberharcèlement: les jeunes face au risque de suicide 
Reuters: Bullying among kids tied to suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
The Globe and Mail: Cyberbullying poses greater risk of suicide among young people, study suggests
Utah People's Post: Bullying can lead your kids to attemt suicides
Fox News: Bullying among kids tied to suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
HealthDay: Teen Bullies, Victims Armed More Than Other Kids, Study Says
MedicalResearch.com: Suicide in children and adolescents: relationship between peer victimization, cyberbullying

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.

Working days


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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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