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My research revolves around the questions how biological factors such as (epi)genetics and hormones are related to child development and parenting, and how we can apply novel methodologies to enhance our understanding of parenting in relation to child development. I am involved in the longitudinal cohort study Generations2 and in the Father Trials study.




  • Projectleader SURF project ShareStats "Open sharing of statistics exercises with a community of teachers"
  • Coordinator methods-curriculum of the bachelor programmes Psychology and Education.
  • Statistics 2 (General Linear Model: Multiple linear regression, analysis of (co)variance). Second year bachelor course Psychology and Education
  • Statistics 3 (General/ized Linear Mixed Models: Mediation and Moderation models, Logistic Regression Models, Repeated Measures ANOVA, Linear Mixed Models). Third year bachelor course Education


Main applicant

  • ShareStats project "Open sharing of statistics exercises with a community of teachers", funded by SURF (350,000€), collaboration with VU-FSW, UvA, UU and EUR universities, sept 2020 - sept 2022
  • Material support “Genotyping in participants of Generations2”, funded by VU Faculty of Psychology and Education (19.579 €), 2018-2020
  • Project for PhD student “Go explore the world! On parenting and the development of motor activity in early childhood”, funded by VU Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences (201.600 €), 2015-present
  • Material support “The interaction between genes and parenting environment on the development of the young child: A polygenic approach”, funded by VU Faculty of Psychology and Education (48.000 €), 2015
  • Material support “The influence of genes and parenting environment on the development of the young child: A candidate gene approach”, funded by VU Faculty of Psychology and Education (55.000 €), 2014
  • VENI-grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) “Causal modeling of behavioral traits using genetically informative designs” (grant number 451-10-005) (250.000 €), 2014
  • ENGAGE grant for postdoc for project “Phenotype harmonization of personality data using Item Response Theory” (PI’s: Stephanie van den Berg, Marleen de Moor, Cornelia van Duijn en Dorret Boomsma) (27.300 €), 2011


  • Genome-wide epigenetic analysis for project “The impact of child maltreatment on epigenetic changes and psychopathology”, funded by AUGEO (99.900 €), 2017-present
  • Project for three postdocs “Wonder-full education and human flourishing: stimulating children’s learning, morality, and spirituality”, funded by Sir John Templeton Foundation Sciences (800.000 €), 2017-2020
  • Project for postdoc “Stress- en rookvrije zwangerschap: Een e-health interventie voor vrouwen met (lichte) verstandelijke beperkingen”, funded by Fonds Nuts Ohra (288.465 €), 2017-present


Prizes and Awards

  • Early Career Investigator Program Award, XVIIIth World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics, Athens, Greece, October 3-7 2010
  • EMGO+ Societal Impact Award for organizing 25 years Netherlands Twin Register in Burger’s Zoo in 2014
  • Best Poster Award, Conference of European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology (ENGAGE), Rotterdam, Netherlands, 15 November 2012
  • Thompson award for best student paper, 38th Behavior Genetics Association congress, Louisville (Ky), USA, June 25-28 2008
  • Galton award for best student paper, 11th International Congress of Twin Studies, Ghent, Belgium, June 7-10 2007


  • Ph.D. in Behavior Genetics (cum laude), PhD thesis: “Exercise behavior and mental health: A genetic perspective”, Supervisors: Prof. dr. Dorret I. Boomsma & Prof. dr. Eco J.C. de Geus
  • M.Sc. in Psychological Methods (cum laude), Master thesis projects: “Causality in the longitudinal panel design and in time series: A comparison of methods” and “Fit indices and the selection of time series models”. Supervisors: dr. Ellen M. Hamaker, dr. Conor V. Dolan & Prof. dr. Peter C.M. Molenaar. Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands




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User created Keywords

  • Child Development
  • Parenting
  • Behavior Genetics
  • Statistics and Research Methods

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Research Output

Social information processing skills link executive functions to aggression in adolescents with mild to borderline intellectual disability

van Rest, M. M., Matthys, W., van Nieuwenhuijzen, M., de Moor, M. H. M., Vriens, A. & Schuengel, C., 2019, In : Child Neuropsychology. 25, 5, p. 573-598 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • Causality in the associations between exercise, personality, and mental health

    De Moor, M. & De Geus, E., 2018, The Exercise Effect on Mental Health: Neurobiological Mechanisms. Budde, H. & Wegner, M. (eds.). Routledge, p. 67-99 33 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • From prenatal anxiety to parenting stress: a longitudinal study

    Huizink, A. C., Menting, B., De Moor, M. H. M., Verhage, M. L., Kunseler, F. C., Schuengel, C. & Oosterman, M., 1 Oct 2017, In : Archives of Women's Mental Health. 20, 5, p. 663-672 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • The role of parenting in the physical and motor development in young children

    van der Ploeg, N., Oosterman, M., Savelsbergh, G. J. P., Schuengel, C., Ledebt, A. & de Moor, M. H. M., 25 Nov 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to ConferencePosterOther research output

  • Activities

    • 7 Lecture / Presentation

    Predicting parenting self-efficacy: The role of adverse childhood experiences and infant distress.

    F.C. Kunseler (Speaker), M. Oosterman (Speaker), M.H.M. de Moor (Speaker) & C. Schuengel (Speaker)

    19 Mar 2015

    Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

    Exercise and depression: causality or common biology?

    M.H.M. de Moor (Speaker)

    1 Dec 2011

    Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

    GWAS on personality using multiple personality scales from multiple samples

    M.H.M. de Moor (Speaker)

    11 Dec 2011

    Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

    Statistical power to detect causality in the co-twin control design

    M.H.M. de Moor (Speaker)

    7 Jun 2011

    Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

    Stable genetic effects on symptoms of alcohol abuse and dependency from adolescence into early adulthood

    J.H.D.A. van Beek (Speaker), K.S. Kendler (Speaker), M.H.M. de Moor (Speaker), L.M. Geels (Speaker), M. Bartels (Speaker), J.M. Vink (Speaker), S.M. van den Berg (Speaker), G. Willemsen (Speaker) & D.I. Boomsma (Speaker)

    26 May 2011

    Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


    EMGO+ Societal Impact Award 2014

    Willemsen, AHM (Recipient), Stroo, N. (Recipient), J.M. Vink (Recipient) & de Moor, Marleen (Recipient), 5 Jun 2014


    Press / Media

    Interview over jubileumweekend NTR

    M.H.M. de Moor


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other