Clinical developmental psychology

Within the research group on clinical developmental psychology, we focus on the development of psychopathology and developmental pathways imbedded in Cognitive Theory and Affect Regulation Theories. Our two central domains where we tested the assumptions of both theories are: development (and treatment) of childhood obesity and adolescents’ depression. For example, we studied emotional eating in youngsters with obesity and, we studied cognitive vulnerabilities in adolescents with depressive symptoms within a diathesis-stress perspective on psychopathology.

The research in our department is directed at the synergy between fundamental and applied research and is targeted at normal and clinical populations of varying ages. Our research applies various research methods such as multiple informant self-report questionnaires, longitudinal designs, experiments, and qualitative research.

Head of the research group and faculty member is Prof. Caroline Braet.

Read more about the research programme.