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My research focus is attachment and emotion regulation in parents and their children, with special emphasis on neurobiological processes in parenting and development. My academic interests include the interplay between nature and nurture, exploring and testing the ‘differential susceptibility’ model, hormonal correlates of parenting, and interventions. I have a special interest in fathers around the birth of their first baby: what neural, hormonal, and behavioral changes accompany the first 1,000 days of fatherhood?

See for an onterview on the Father Trials study in Horizon, the EU Research and Innovation Magazine:


Prizes and Awards

Academic honours and awards

  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Lund, Sweden, June 2, 2017
  • Highly Cited Researcher in Psychology/Psychiatry 2016, 2017 (Thomson Reuters)
  • Advanced Grant from the European Research Council 2015.
  • Elected member of the KNAW ( Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) since 2012.
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science since 2012
  • NWO – VICI laureate 2009/2010. Grant for outstanding senior researchers who have shown that they have the ability successfully to develop their own innovative lines of research and to act as coaches for young researchers
  • Bowlby-Ainsworth Award 2005 ( New York Attachment Consortium & The Center for Mental Health Promotion). The Bowlby-Ainsworth Award recognizes founders and singular contributors to the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition of attachment theory and research. April 2005.
  • NWO – VIDI laureate 2004. Grant for outstanding young researchers who are among the top 10-20% of their peer group

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Research Output 1993 2019

A walk on the dark side: TMS over the right inferior frontal gyrus (rIFG) disrupts behavioral responses to infant stimuli

De Carli, P., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Parolin, L., Lega, C., Zanardo, B., Cattaneo, Z. & Riem, M. M. E., 6 Feb 2019, In : Social Neuroscience. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
behavioral response
Prefrontal Cortex

Bridges across the intergenerational transmission of attachment gap

van IJzendoorn, M. H. & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Current opinion in psychology. 25, p. 31-36 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
DNA Mismatch Repair

The genetic and environmental etiology of child maltreatment in a parent-based extended family design

Pittner, K., Van Ijzendoorn, M. H., Alink, L. R. A., Buisman, R. S. M., Compier-De Block, L. H. C. G. C., Van Den Berg, L. J. M., Elzinga, B. M., Lindenberg, J., Tollenaar, M. S., Diego, V. P. & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Feb 2019, In : Development and Psychopathology. 31, 1, p. 157-172 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Child Abuse
Analysis of Variance
Physical Abuse

Associations Between Dopamine D2 Receptor (DRD2) Gene, Maternal Positive Parenting and Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms from Early to Mid-Adolescence

Cao, C., Rijlaarsdam, J., van der Voort, A., Ji, L., Zhang, W. & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 46, 2, p. 365-379 15 p.

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Dopamine D2 Receptors

Cohort profile: Pregnancy and childhood epigenetics (PACE) consortium

Felix, J. F., Joubert, B. R., Baccarelli, A. A., Sharp, G. C., Almqvist, C., Annesi-Maesano, I., Arshad, H., Baiz, N., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Bakulski, K. M., Binder, E. B., Bouchard, L., Breton, C. V., Brunekreef, B., Brunst, K. J., Burchard, E. G., Bustamante, M., Chatzi, L., Munthe-Kaas, M. C., Corpeleijn, E. & 104 othersCzamara, D., Dabelea, D., Smith, G. D., De Boever, P., Duijts, L., Dwyer, T., Eng, C., Eskenazi, B., Everson, T. M., Falahi, F., Fallin, M. D., Farchi, S., Fernandez, M. F., Gao, L., Gaunt, T. R., Ghantous, A., Gillman, M. W., Gonseth, S., Grote, V., Gruzieva, O., Håberg, S. E., Herceg, Z., Hivert, M. F., Holland, N., Holloway, J. W., Hoyo, C., Hu, D., Huang, R. C., Huen, K., Järvelin, M. R., Jima, D. D., Just, A. C., Karagas, M. R., Karlsson, R., Karmaus, W., Kechris, K. J., Kere, J., Kogevinas, M., Koletzko, B., Koppelman, G. H., Kupers, L. K., Ladd-Acosta, C., Lahti, J., Lambrechts, N., Langie, S. A. S., Lie, R. T., Liu, A. H., Magnus, M. C., Magnus, P., Maguire, R. L., Marsit, C. J., McArdle, W., Melen, E., Melton, P., Murphy, S. K., Nawrot, T. S., Nisticò, L., Nohr, E. A., Nordlund, B., Nystad, W., Oh, S. S., Oken, E., Page, C. M., Perron, P., Pershagen, G., Pizzi, C., Plusquin, M., Raikkonen, K., Reese, S. E., Reischl, E., Richiardi, L., Ring, S., Roy, R. P., Rzehak, P., Schoeters, G., Schwartz, D. A., Sebert, S., Snieder, H., Sørensen, T. I. A., Starling, A. P., Sunyer, J., Taylor, J. A., Tiemeier, H., Ullemar, V., Vafeiadi, M., Van Ijzendoorn, M. H., Vonk, J. M., Vriens, A., Vrijheid, M., Wang, P., Wiemels, J. L., Wilcox, A. J., Wright, R. J., Xu, C. J., Xu, Z., Yang, I. V., Yousefi, P., Zhang, H., Zhang, W., Zhao, S., Agha, G., Relton, C. L., Jaddoe, V. W. V. & London, S. J., 1 Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Epidemiology. 47, 1, p. 22-23u dyx218.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access