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Prof. Dr. Maarten van Zalk

Prof. Dr. Maarten van Zalk

Osnabrück University
Institute for Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Lise-Meitner-Str. 3
49076 Osnabrück

phone +49 541 969-7740

Maarten van Zalk

Developmental Psychology:
Intergroup Relationship Development, Personality Development and Group Conflicts, Social Networks and Intergroup Aggression, Interethnic bullying

Prof. Dr. Maarten van Zalk, born in 1981, is Professor in Developmental Psychology at University Osnabrück (Institut für Psychologie, Fachbereich Humanwissenschaften). He is an IMIS member since 10/2017. 

In 2009, Maarten Van Zalk gained his PhD at Utrecht University (Summa Cum Laude). He was a Rubicon Fellow at Utrecht University and a Marie Curie Post Doctoral Researcher at Örebro University, Sweden, between 2009 and 2011. He became Associate Professor (Habilitation) in Developmental Psychology at Örebro University in 2011. In 2013, he was awarded the VENI Award by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Pro Futura Fellowship by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (National Bank of Sweden). Between 2015 and 2017, he gained the DAAD-Gastprofessur to work at WWU Münster Universität and the Newton Fellowship by the UK Royal Society to work at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. 

Selection of publications on IMIS themes

Wölfer, R. & Van Zalk, M.H.W., Schmid, K., & Hewstone, M. (2016). Developmental Dynamics of Intergroup Contact and Intergroup Attitudes: Long-Term Effects in Adolescence and Early Adulthood. Child Development, 87, 1466–1478.

Abdelzadeh, A., Öydemir, M., & Van Zalk, M. H. W. (2015). Dissatisfied Citizens: An Asset to or a Liability on the Democratic Functioning of Society? Scandinavian Political Studies, 38, 410-436.

Dahl, B.V. & Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2014). Peer networks and the development of illegal political behavior among adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 399–409.

Van Zalk, M.H.W. & Kerr, M. (2014). Developmental Trajectories of Prejudice and Tolerance Toward Immigrants from Early to Late Adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 1658-1671.

Veenstra, R., Dijkstra, J.K., Steglich, C., & Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2013). Network-behavior dynamics. Special Issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23, 399-412.

Van Zalk, M.H.W., Kerr, M., Van Zalk, N. & Stattin, H. (2013). Xenophobia and Tolerance in Adolescence: Cross-Influence Processes in Friendships. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 627-639.