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Jellie Sierksma is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology at the VU Amsterdam. Her research focuses on children’s prosocial behavior and the development of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination. She studies these topics taking an interdisciplinary approach, combining insights from developmental, social, and educational psychology and by using experimental- and survey-methods.

Jellie obtained her Master degree in social psychology in 2010 (UVA; cum laude) and a PhD in social development in 2015 (University of Utrecht). She then obtained a grant to work as a post-doc at the Radboud University Nijmegen for 2 years, followed by a 2-year Rubicon-fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA. In 2019 she was awarded a Veni-grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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Prizes and Awards

-Audience Award ‘article of the year’, for my opinion article ‘Doctor is not necessarily a good teacher’ (published in Volskrant, awarded by elinea.nl).

-Best psychology master thesis, University of Amsterdam (2009)



-Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research Awarded to SENSA-group (1.2 million, 2020)

-Veni-grant, NWO (€250.000, 2019-2023)

-Rubicon-grant, NWO (€130.000, 2017-2019)

-British Acadamy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (€10.000, 2016)

-Postdoctoral fellowship grant BSI, Radboud University (€130.000, 2015)



- Scientific Writing (Research master course, 2020)

- Applied Social Psychology (Research master course, 2019-2020)



  • BF Psychology

User created Keywords

  • social development
  • discrimination
  • prosocial behavior
  • moral development
  • stereotypes
  • prejudice
  • intergroup relations
  • social cogniton


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