Wim Beyers

Wim Beyers’ research focuses on development of autonomy during adolescence. He was promotor of three PhD students. One of them is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the department. These PhD students performed innovating research that got international attention: Evie Kins studied patterns of home leaving and problematic separation-individuation in emerging adulthood, Stijn Van Petegem focused on the autonomy debate in adolescence, and Beiwen Chen studied the universal and culture-specific character of basic psychological need satisfaction.

Other research focuses on identity and sexuality development during adolescence. Research projects have been supported by grants from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University. He is (co-)author of 60 ISI publications.

Wim Beyers has an extended network of international contacts. Part of his expertise comprises longitudinal research designs and statistical modeling of change. He teaches workshops on these topics at Ghent University and at other international universities. Finally, he is also assistant editor for the Journal of Adolescence and is strongly involved in the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA).