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Marinus van IJzendoorn

visiting professor at UCL, University of Cambridge

I am a currently a visiting professor in the Department of Clinical, Education and Health Psychology at UCL, and a Professor of Human Development at Erasmus University Rotterdam and one of the PIs of Generation R, a large longitudinal cohort study. I am an Emeritus Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of Leiden.
My research interests include: attachment and emotion regulation across the life span and in various cultural and clinical groups; the neurobiology of parenting; correlates and consequences of child abuse and neglect; and family intervention. Application of meta-analytic and IPD approaches to a range of topics in developmental psychology and psychopathology is one of my foci, and I am interested in the methodology and history of attachment theory.


  • –present
    Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow of Primary Care, University of Cambridge


Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (2019, SEAS); The Aristotle Prize of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations EFPA (2011); The Bowlby-Ainsworth Founder Award of The Center for Mental Health Promotion and The New York Attachment Consortium (2011); Fellow of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected in 1998)