Alithe van den Akker works as an assistant professor in the Preventive Youth Care research group in the Department of Child Development and Education. Her research focuses on the development of temperament and personality traits across childhood and adolescence. She investigates how these characteristics both shape and are shaped by parenting, and how child characteristics and parenting together contribute to the development of problems such as anxiety, depression, aggression and delinquency.
Alithe obtained a bachelor's degree in Health Psychology (2006), and a master's degree in Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence (2008) from the University of Utrecht. She worked at the research group of Clinical Child and Family Studies at Utrecht University, where she obtained a PhD (2013), and as a postdoctoral researcher within Research Priority Area Yield at the University of Amsterdam.
BA3: Bachelorscriptie [Bachelor thesis]
MA: Opvoeding en Ontwikkeling [Parenting and Development, Preventive Youth Care master track]
MA: Resilience and Risk Processes in Childhood and Adolescence [international master track Youth at Risk]
MA: Academic Skills [research master track Child Development and Education]
Rosanne op den Kelder: Executive functions in trauma exposed youth.
Christiane Wesarg: Don't get stressed baby! Investigating the effects of early interventions in toddlers at risk for the development of stress-reactivity and self-regulation problems.
Karen Fischer: Children’s externalizing problem behavior and differential susceptibility to parenting: Who are the ORCHIDS and how do they tick?
Marianne-Welmers van de Poll: The therapeutic alliance in intensive home-based family therapy.
Imane Oulali: The role of culture and religion in children's prosocial behavior and well-being.