mw. dr. P.H.O. (Patty) Leijten

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Opvoeding, Opvoedingsondersteuning en Grondslagen (OOG)
  • Bezoekadres
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 127  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: D9.04
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15780
    1001 NG  Amsterdam

Patty Leijten works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education. Her research aims to improve the effectiveness of parenting interventions to reduce disruptive child behavior. She bridges traditional intervention research and basic developmental research by using small scale experiments (i.e., microtrials) to illuminate which discrete elements of parenting interventions actually contribute to program effectiveness and which families benefit most from which elements.

Patty received her PhD from the department of Developmental Psychology at Utrecht University, where she evaluated the effectiveness of the Incredible Years parenting intervention for socioeconomically disadvantaged families. She also works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.

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  • Leijten, P., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Knerr, W., & Gardner, F. (2016). Transported versus homegrown parenting interventions for reducing disruptive child behavior: A multilevel meta-regression study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55(7), 610-617. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2016.05.003 [details]
  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2016). Ethnic differences in problem perception: Immigrant mothers in a parenting intervention to reduce disruptive child behavior. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(3), 323-331. DOI: 10.1037/ort0000142 [details]
  • Leijten, P., Thomaes, S., Orobio de Castro, B., Dishion, T. J., & Matthys, W. (2016). What good is labeling what's good? A field experimental investigation of parental labeled praise and child compliance. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 87, 134-141. DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2016.09.008 [details]
  • Mejia, A., Leijten, P., Lachman, J., & Parra-Cardona, J. R. (2016). Different strokes for different folks? Contrasting approaches to cultural adaptation of parenting interventions. Prevention Science. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-016-0671-2 [details]


  • Leijten, P., Dishion, T. J., Thomaes, S., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2015). Bringing parenting interventions back to the future: How randomized microtrials may benefit parenting intervention efficacy. Clinical Psychology : Science and Practice, 22(1), 47-57. DOI: 10.1111/cpsp.12087 [details]
  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., van den Ban, E., & Matthys, W. (2015). Effectiveness of the Incredible Years parenting program for families with socioeconomically disadvantaged and ethnic minority backgrounds. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2015.1038823 [details]
  • Leijten, P., Shaw, D. S., Gardner, F., Wilson, M. N., Matthys, W., & Dishion, T. J. (2015). The family check-up and service use in high-risk families of young children: a prevention strategy with a bridge to community-based treatment. Prevention Science, 16(3), 397-406. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-014-0479-x [details]
  • Abrahamse, M. E., Junger, M., Leijten, P. H. O., Lindeboom, R., Boer, F., & Lindauer, R. J. L. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Dutch Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) in a community sample and a multi-ethnic clinical sample. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37(4), 679-691. DOI: 10.1007/s10862-015-9482-1 [details] [PDF]


  • Leijten, P. H. O., Raaijmaakers, M., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2013). Does socioeconomic status matter? A meta-analysis on parent training effectiveness for disruptive child behavior. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 384-392. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2013.769169 [details]
  • Leijten, P., Overbeek, G., & Janssens, J. (2013). Praten met kinderen: effectief voor ouders van (pre)adolescenten? Kind en Adolescent, 34(2), 80-91. DOI: 10.1007/s12453-013-0008-x [details]


  • Leijten, P. H. O., Overbeek, G., & Janssens, J. M. A. M. (2012). Effectiveness of a parent training program in (pre)adolescence: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 833-842. DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.11.009 [details]


  • Leijten, P. H. O., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., Posthumus, J. A., & Matthys, W. (2011). Oudertraining Incredible Years effectief bij gedragsprobleem jong kind. Jeugd en Co, 5, 17-23. [details]


  • Leijten, P., Raaijmakers, M. A. J., Orobio de Castro, B., & Matthys, W. (2016). Incredible Years Ouderprogramma voor Gedragsproblemen bij Kinderen uit Laagopgeleide- en Migrantengezinnen. Systeemtherapie[details]


  • Leijten, P. H. O. (2014). Toward improved parenting interventions for disruptive child behavior: Reaching disadvantaged families and searching for effective elements [details]


  • Leijten, P. (2015): Jacobs Foundation Marbach Residency Program.
  • Leijten, P. (2015): Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Junior Research Fellowship.
  • Leijten, P. (2015): ZonMw (NWO) parel.
  • Leijten, P.H.O. (2014): Society for Prevention Research / Early Career Preventionist Network Travel Award.
  • Leijten, P. (2013): Jacobs Foundation preconference workshop and travel grant.
  • Leijten, P. (2012): Fulbright Scholarship.
  • Leijten, P. (2012): Kind en Adolescent reisbeurs (declined).
  • Leijten, P. (2012): Occasional Lecturer Fund Award, Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
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