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Marieke Buil (1983) obtained her PhD in developmental psychopathology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018). After shortly being employed at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, she came back to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she now is a post-doctoral researcher at the department of clinical-, neuro- and developmental psychology. Marieke is co-promotor of three PhD-students and editorial board member of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and the International Journal of Bullying Prevention.


Research interests: bullying, epigenetics, child development.

In her research, Marieke focuses on how bullying-victimization might get under a victim’s skin, thereby explaining the link between bullying-victimization and mental and physical disease risk. She is particularly interested in how bullying victimization might alter gene-functioning via epigenetic processes. To this end, Marieke uses sophisticated structural equation modeling techniques in large scale samples of children followed from early childhood to adolescence. Project: Happy Children, Happy Adolescence? 


Marieke also values more practical research focused on solving problems. She was involved in the national consortium ‘What helps to stop bullying?’ aimed at evaluating 13 anti-bullying programs for Dutch educational practice. The research report was published in May 2018. Project and research report: What Helps to Stop Bullying?


Marieke teaches several courses at the bachelor’s, master’s and research master’s level in developmental psychology and pedagogical sciences. Topics include bullying and prevention, epigenetics, juvenile delinquency and antisocial behavior development. She frequently supervises BSc, MSc, and MPhil research projects.


Marieke has been guest lecturer in and outside the Netherlands including Erasmus University Rotterdam and King’s College London.


  • bullying
  • epigenetics
  • developmental psychology
  • psychopathology
  • peer relationships
  • ostracism
  • longitudinal modeling
  • Mplus

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 11 Article
  • 2 Poster
  • 1 Report
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU
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Longitudinal Studies

Classroom social experiences in early elementary school relate to diurnal cortisol levels

Behnsen, P., Buil, M., Koot, S., Huizink, A. & van Lier, P., Jan 2018, In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 87, p. 1-8 8 p.

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Adolescent Behavior
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Activities 2013 2015

  • 9 Lecture / Presentation

DRD4 Genotype and the Developmental Link of Peer Social Preference with Conduct Problems and Depressive Symptoms Across Ages 9 to 12 Years

Buil, J. M. (Speaker), Koot, J. M. (Speaker), Olthof, T. (Speaker), K Nelson (Speaker), P.A.C. van Lier (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Gedragsstoornissen bij Kinderen: ODD en CD

Buil, J. M. (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Jeugddelinquentie en antisociale ontwikkeling: ouders en peers

Buil, J. M. (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

DRD4, Peer Social Preference, and Children’s Behavior: A Longitudinal Test of the Differential Susceptibility Hypothesis

Buil, J. M. (Speaker), Koot, J. M. (Speaker), Olthof, T. (Speaker), K Nelson (Speaker), P.A.C. van Lier (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Reisbeurs vaktijdschrift Kind en Adolescent

J.M. Buil (Recipient), 2015


SRCD international travel award

J.M. Buil (Recipient), 2015


SRCD International Travel Award

J.M. Buil (Recipient), 2013


Talentenbeurs Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

J.M. Buil (Recipient), 2014