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Jana Runze graduated in 2011 from high school in Germany and started an apprenticeship as marketing and communication saleswoman at MediaCom in Düsseldorf. She graduated with distinguishment in 2014  before starting her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Twente in Enschede. During her bachelor studies, she spend a semester at the Teesside University in Middlesbrough in the UK. In 2017, she finished her Bachelor of Science cum laude and as valedictorian. Afterwards, she enrolled in the two year Research Master in Behavioral Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. After obtaining her research masters in 2019, Jana started her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and within the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development under the supervision of prof. dr. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg and dr. Mirjam Oosterman.


Jana started her PhD in 2019 at the department of Clinical Child and Family studies. Jana is part of the ‘L-CID’ study, an experimental longitudinal twin intervention study that includes 500 twin pairs (aged 3 to 13 years old) and their parents ( Her research interests within this project focus on the role of gene x environment correlations of parenting and the broader caregiving environment in the psychoendocrinology of children. 


During her Bachelor (University of Twente) & Master (Radboud University Nijmegen) studies, Jana was a teaching assistant in clinical psychology and developmental psychology courses of the Bachelor in Psychology as well as a teaching assistant in conducting research in the Pre-Master of Pedagogical Sciences. 

During her PhD at the VU, Jana Runze has set up the Master thesis studio in the Master Pedagogical Sciences, a monthly session for students to refresh their knowledge on academic writing, conducting research and statistical analyses and to learn to conduct peer feedback. Moreover, Jana gave a guest lecture about differential susceptibility in the Master Pedagogical Sciences and co-coordinated the course "Intervention in Research & Practice". In April 2022, she obtained her University Teaching Qualification. 

Prizes and Awards

Vrije University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences (2022)

  • Talent Fund: travel grant for a lab visit to Bristol (4000 Euro)

Vrije University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences (2022)

  • Open Science Award (200 Euro)

Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (2022)

  • Bursary for the International Attachment conference (500 Euro)

International Society of Developmental Psychobiology (2021)

  • Student/Postdoc Member Travel or Abstract Award

Amsterdam Public Health (2020)

  • Amsterdam Public Health Junior Award


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