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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:


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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

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

DNA Mismatch Repair

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.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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 others Czamara, 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

Distinctive heritability patterns of subcortical-prefrontal cortex resting state connectivity in childhood: A twin study

Achterberg, M., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., van Ijzendoorn, M. H., van der Meulen, M., Tottenham, N. & Crone, E. A., 15 Jul 2018, In : NeuroImage. 175, p. 138-149 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Twin Studies
Prefrontal Cortex
Child Rearing

Effects of maternal deprivation and complex housing on rat social behavior in adolescence and adulthood

Kentrop, J., Smid, C. R., Achterberg, E. J. M., van Ijzendoorn, M. H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Joëls, M. & van der Veen, R., 11 Sep 2018, In : Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 12, September, p. 1-15 15 p., 193

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Maternal Deprivation
Social Behavior
Social Discrimination
Social Isolation