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I, Marieke Buil (1983) obtained my PhD in developmental psychopathology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018) with my studies on the interplay between personal endowments and the school environment in the development of child and adolescent antisocial behavior. Thereafter, I was a post-doctoral researcher in Pedagogical Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam followed by an Assistant Professorship (UD2) at the department of Clinical-, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, a senior researcher at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and a senior research fellow (individual consultant) for the United Nations’ integral research institute UNESCO MGIEP. UNESCO MGIEP focuses on achieving the Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDG) 4.7 by assisting countries in tackling their particular educational challenges in fostering peaceful and sustainable societies via social and emotional learning.

I’m currently an Assistant Professor (UD1) at the department of Clinical-, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and am co-promotor of 8 PhD-students (2 finished, 4 ongoing, 2 open positions) at the Vrije Universiteit and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.


Research interests: peer & teacher-student relationships | behavioral problems | elementary school | social-emotional learning |  school-based interventions,

I’m currently developing my personal research line focused on antisocial development & social and emotional learning (SEL) in school: predictors, consequences, and intervention effects from childhood to adolescence. To this end, I’m involved in four empirical longitudinal school-based (intervention) projects in various (inter)national consortia and one literature syntheses and policy recommendations report:

  • Principal investigator ofSCCILLS”. SCCILLS (SEL Coaching Centraal & Integraal in vaardigheden van Leerling, Leerkracht and School) is a five-year longitudinal cluster-randomized intervention project focused on helping teachers to stimulate young elementary schoolchildren’s social-emotional learning (SEL) in order to prevent and decrease antisocial behavior and promote prosocial behavior. Via co-design with academic professionals, elementary school professionals, and teacher-coaches, we develop a teacher-coaching intervention focused on SEL. Within this project, I collaborate with the Hogeschool Rotterdam, education consultants, and schoolboards in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam area. SCCILLS also has an international arm in Israel (Helping Children Under Stress – SCCILLS in Israel, see Acquisition). Role: principal investigator and co-promotor of 1 PHD student.
  • Co-principal investigator of Girls United: Fostering positive friendship dynamics for elementary schoolgirls’ social, emotional and academic flourishing. Girls United is a four-year longitudinal observation and intervention project aimed at investigation the dynamic interplay of daily friendship interactions with well-being and school performance (via ecological momentary assessments and observational studies) as input for developing (via co-design with stakeholders) a blended school-based intervention program. Within this project, I collaborate with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboud University, various business enterprises, schoolboards, the municipalities of Rotterdam and Nijmegen, patient associations, app developers and many more partners. Role: co-principal investigator and co-promotor of 3 PhD students.
  • Co-manager of Happy Friends, Positive Minds! HFPM! is a four-year longitudinal observational and intervention project on stimulating positive communication dynamics between adolescent girls to prevent and decrease (emerging) depression symptoms. Via co-design with academic professionals, secondary school professionals, youth (mental health) professionals (CJGs), teacher-coaches, app developers, and the municipality of Rotterdam, we develop an E-Mental Health App focused on depression prevention for adolescent girls and their school mentors. Role: co-project manager and co-promotor of 3 PhD students.
  • Co-manager of “Inequalities and Youth Development”: Inequalities and Youth Development is a four-year multi-cohort study on socio-economic inequalities between schools and families as a predictor of youth’s social, emotional, behavioral and academic development. Within this project, I collaborate with the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the municipality of Rotterdam. Role: co-project manager and co-promotor of 1 PhD-student.
  • Co-lead author of the ISEE Assessment SDM. as a senior research-consultant for UNESCO, I – together with 250 authors from 45 countries from various scientific disciplines including education, neurodevelopment, the humanities, economic and political sciences, psychology, technological sciences, work on the International Science and Evidence-based Education Assessment. The transdisciplinary literature synthesis contributes to re-envisioning the future of education. In this role, I am one of the three lead authors of the Summary for Decision Makers (SDM) for future UN education policies. I will present the report at the United Nations headquarters in Paris, on 26th of March 2022. An international press conference for class A (e.g., Guardian, BBC, CNN, NYT) and class B media (education-focused media) was organized at March 18th. A panel discussion with international education experts will be organized on 25th of March in Dubai. A workshop with VN education ambassadors was organized in July 2022 in Montreal, Canada.

As a researcher, I have a strong national and international focus on longitudinal (intervention) research into social emotional learning and school safety focused on children and adolescents and their parents and teachers. I am a statistical expert in conducting statistical analyses required for this type of studies and statistical consultant for colleagues from varying universities including the Vrije Universiteit. I translate my empirical expertise into national and international policy recommendations via collaboration with UNESCO and various national municipalities.


I teach 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. I frequently supervise BSc, MSc, and MPhil research projects.

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

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

User created Keywords

  • behavioral problems
  • peer relationships
  • teacher-student relationships
  • elementary school
  • bullying
  • social emotional learning
  • school-based interventions
  • longitudinal modeling
  • Mplus


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