Ashwin Rambaran, PhD: The classroom as context for bullying: A social network approach

  • Funding: NWO (PROO); Thesis defense: September, 23, 2019.
  • Supervisors: René Veenstra, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, and Marijtje van Duijn (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Christina Salmivalli (University of Turku, Finland), Wilma Vollebergh (Utrecht University), and Tom Snijders (RUG).
  • Currently employed as Postdoc, Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialization, University of Padua (Padova), Italy.

Chaim la Roi, PhD: Stigma and Stress : Attitudes towards Sexual Minority Orientations and the Association between Sexual Orientation and Mental Health. 

  • Funding: NWO Graduate Program. Thesis defended: January 10, 2019.
  • Blog Dit is wetenschap RUG: Elf jaar oud en risico op een depressie, December 2017. 
  • Supervisors: René Veenstra, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, and Tina Kretschmer (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Stephen Russell (University of Texas at Austin, USA), Marcel Lubbers (Radboud University Nijmegen), and Melinda Mills (Oxford University). 
  • Currently employed as Postdoc, Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm University.
  • Stuk Rood Vlees: Waarom denken hoger opgeleiden positiever homoseksualiteit dan lager opgeleiden?, January 2018. 
  • Mini-Symposium: LGBTQ, January 2019.

Mariola Gremmen, PhD: Social Network Processes and Academic Functioning: The Role of Peers in Students’ School Well-Being, Academic Engagement, and Academic Achievement 

  • Funding: NWO (PROO). Thesis defended: Groningen, November 1, 2018.
  • Supervisors: René Veenstra, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, and Christian Steglich (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Robert Crosnoe (University of Texas at Austin, USA), Toon Cillessen (Radboud University Nijmegen), and Tom Snijders (RUG).
  • Currently employed as Researcher at Cinop, Den Bosch.
  • Sociologie Magazine: De invloed van klasgenoten, December 2018. 
  • Didaktief: Vrienden voor het leren, January 2019

Loes van Rijsewijk, PhD: Antecedents and Consequences of Helping among Adolescents 

Beau Oldenburg, PhD: Bullying in Schools: The Role of Teachers and Classmates

Gerine Lodder, Postdoc 2015-2019

Rozemarijn van der Ploeg, PhD: Be a Buddy, Not a Bully? Four Studies on Emotional and Social Processes Related to Bullying, Defending, and Victimization

Kim Pattiselanno, PhD: At Your Own Risk: The Importance of Group Dynamics and Peer Processes in Adolescent Peer Groups for Adolescents’ Involvement in Risk Behaviors

  • Funding: NWO (Youth & Family). Thesis defended: Groningen, March 10, 2016.
  • Supervisors: Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Christian Steglich, René Veenstra (RUG), and Wilma Vollebergh (UU). 
  • Manuscript committee: Wayne Osgood (Pennsylvania State University), Rutger Engels (Radboud University Nijmegen), Tom Snijders (RUG). 
  • Currently employed as Lecturer, Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden. 
  • Sociologie Magazine: Groepsdruk bij jongeren, March 2016 
  • RUG Persbericht: Jongeren onderschatten hoeveel hun vrienden roken of drinken, March 2016

Britta Rüschoff, PhD: Peers in careers: Peer relationships at the transition from school to work 

  • Funding: ICS. Thesis defended: Groningen, June 4, 2015. 
  • Supervisors: Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Siegwart Lindenberg, and René Veenstra (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Jari-Erik Nurmi (University of Jyväskylä, Finland), Marcel Van Aken (Utrecht University), Andreas Flache (RUG). 
  • Currently employed as specialist at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Bonn, Germany. 
  • Sociale Vraagstukken: Jongeren met bijbaan lopen meer risico op het slechte pad te raken, September 2015

Tinka Veldhuis, PhD: Captivated by Fear: An Evaluation of Terrorism Detention Policy

Gijs Huitsing, PhD: A Social Network Perspective on Bullying 

Marina Verlinden, PhD: Population-Based Studies of Bullying in Young Children 

Miia Sainio, PhD: Same- and Other-Sex Victimization: Risk Factors, Consequences, and Protection by Peers 

  • Funding: Academy of Finland. Thesis defended: Turku, Finland, September 20, 2013. 
  • Supervisors: Christina Salmivalli (University of Turku) and René Veenstra (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Philip Rodkin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) and Noel Card (University of Arizona, USA). 
  • Currently employed as researcher at the University of Turku, Finland.  

Anke Munniksma, PhD: Crossing Ethnic Boundaries: Resistance to and Consequences of Adolescents’ Cross-Ethnic Peer Relations

  • Funding: ICS. Thesis defended: Groningen, January 17, 2013
    Supervisors: Andreas Flache (RUG), René Veenstra (RUG), and Maykel Verkuyten (UU). 
  • Manuscript committee: Adam Rutland (Kent University, UK), Frank van Tubergen (UU), and Sabine Otten (RUG). 
  • Currently employed as Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 
  • Persbericht RUG: ‘Interetnische vriendschappen leiden tot beter beeld van andere etnische groepen en verhoogd welzijn’, January 2013
  • Trouw: ‘Veilig gevoel dankzij multiculturele vrienden‘, January 2013 
  • Dagblad van het Noorden: ‘Vriendjes oké, verkering even slikken‘, January 2013

Katya Ivanova, PhD: From Parents to Partners: The Impact of Family on Romantic Relationships in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood 

  • Funding: ICS. Thesis defended: Groningen, March 5, 2012
  • Supervisors: Melinda Mills and René Veenstra (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Wendy Manning (Bowling Green State University, USA), Maja Dekovic (UU), and Siegwart Lindenberg (RUG). 
  • Currently employed as Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University.
  • Press Release: ‘Children with divorced parents date earlier’, March 2012 
  • Sociologie Magazine: Romantische relaties van adolescenten, March 2013
  • Mens en Maatschappij: Boekbespreking, March 2013

Tobias Stark, PhD: Integration in School Classes: Students’ Interpersonal Attitudes and Interpersonal Relationships 

  • Funding: ISW. Thesis defended: Groningen, September 8, 2011 (cum laude).
  • Supervisors: Andreas Flache, Roel Bosker, and René Veenstra (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Daniel McFarland (Stanford University, USA), Maykel Verkuyten (UU), and Sabine Otten (RUG). Cum laude committee: Ken Frank (Michigan State University, USA) and Frank Kalter (Universität Mannheim, Germany). 
  • Currently employed as Assistant Professor at the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations, Utrecht University. 
  • Winner of a Marie Curie grant for his project titled Networks and Prejudice
  • Winner of a Research Prize of Praemium Erasmianum. Winner of the NSV Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation of 2011 and 2012. 
  • Winner of a VENI grant for his project titled Interethnic Attitudes and Social Influence within Social Networks: Towards an Intervention Program for Ethnically Segregated Schools
  • Persbericht RUG: ‘Gemengde scholen bevorderen integratie. Kabinetsbeleid eenzijdig’, September 2011 
  • OOG TV: ‘Toch een positief effect gemengde schoolklassen’, September 2011 
  • Mens en Maatschappij: Boekbespreking, September 2012

Tina Kretschmer, Postdoc 2011-2015

  • PhD, University of Sussex (UK), 2010, Supervisor: Alison Pike. 
  • Currently employed as Associate Professor, Department of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences, University of Groningen.
  • Winner of a College for Life Sciences Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg – Berlin Institute for Advanced Study 2015. Winner of a Teaching Excellence Fellowship at the University of Groningen 2015.
  • Winner of the ERC Starting Grant 2017 for her project titled Ghosts from the past: Consequences of Adolescent Peer Experiences across social contexts and generations.

Jelle Sijtsema, PhD: Adolescent Aggressive Behavior: Status and Stimulation Goals in Relation to the Peer Context 

  • Funding: ICS. Thesis defended: Groningen, October 7, 2010 (cum laude).
  • Supervisors: Siegwart Lindenberg and René Veenstra (RUG). 
  • Manuscript committee: Noel Card (University of Arizona, USA), Pol van Lier (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), and Tom Snijders (Oxford University / RUG).  Cum laude committee: Michel Boivin (Universite Laval Quebec, Canada) and Bruce Ellis (University of Arizona, USA).
  • Currently employed as Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Tilburg University.
  • Winner of ISSBD Young Scientist award 2014.
  • Press Release: ‘Aggressive boys in search of affection find problem friends instead‘, October 2010 
  • OOG Radio: ‘Agressieve jongens zoeken affectie maar krijgen probleemvrienden’, October 2010 
  • Trouw: ‘Ook asociale jongens willen sociale vrienden‘, October 2010

Miranda Sentse, PhD: Bridging Contexts: The Interplay between Family, Child, and Peers in Explaining Problem Behavior in Early Adolescence

  • Funding: NWO. Thesis defended: Groningen, March 4, 2010 (cum laude).
  • Supervisors: Siegwart Lindenberg and René Veenstra (RUG).
  • Manuscript committee: John E. Bates (Indiana University, USA), Marcel van Aken (UU), and Melinda Mills (RUG). Cum laude committee: Karen Bierman (Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Brett Laursen (Florida Atlantic University, USA).
  • Currently employed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminology, Leiden University.
  • Press Release: ‘Important role parents on problem behavior adolescent’, March 2010 
  • Kennislink: ‘Probleemgedrag bij jongeren: een beetje karakter, vleugje vrienden en een scheut ouders‘, March 2010

Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, PhD: Status and Affection among (Pre)adolescent Peers and their Relation with Antisocial and Prosocial Behavior

  • Funding: ICS. Thesis defended: Groningen, October 22, 2007. 
  • Supervisors: Siegwart Lindenberg and René Veenstra (RUG).
  • Manuscript committee: Ernest Hodges (St Johns University, USA), Terrie E. Moffitt (King’s College London, UK), Sijmen A. Reijneveld (RUG), and Rafael Wittek (RUG).
  • Currently employed as Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen.
  • Winner of a VENI grant for his project titled Belonging and Status in Peer Networks as Crucial Factors for Understanding Peer Influence Processes in the Realm of Adolescent Risk Behavior.
  • Adam’s Appel, October 2007
  • Kennislink: ‘Puberstrijd om populariteit‘, October 2007
  • NRC Handelsblad: ‘Wie we stom vinden en wie juist leuk is‘, October 2007