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mw. dr. M. (Marija) Maric

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Developmental Psychology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 1.16
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15916
    1001 NK  Amsterdam
    T: 0205258388

Research interests

My research interests concern efficacy of interventions for common childhood and adolescent psychopathologies such as anxiety, comorbid anxiety and ADHD, school refusal, and negative self-esteem. Main research questions include mediation of treatment outcomes (i.e., how does the treatment work, what are the mechanisms) and moderation of treatment outcomes (i.e., for whom does the treatment work and for whom it does not). Another area of interest concerns development and implementation of methodology for the analysis of data in intervention studies, large, as well as small samples research (i.e. single-case experimental designs). These methodologies are implemented in clinical practice through workshops and webapplications (i.e., System for Effective Measurement and Therapy) to enhance evidence-based work of the therapists. Further, I am a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in training at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (VGCt), and work as a therapist at UvA Minds (Academic Treatment Center for Children and Parents).




Maric, M., Prins, P.J.M., & Ollendick, T.H. (Eds.) (2015). Moderators and Mediators of Youth Treatment Outcomes. New York: Oxford University Press.


International publications

Heyne, D., Vreeke, L., Maric, M., Boelens, H., & van Widenfelt, B. (accepted for publication).  Functional assessment of school attendance problems: An adapted version of the School Refusal Assessment Scale – Revised. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.

Koning, I., Maric, M., MacKinnon, D. P, & Vollebergh, W. (2015). Effects of a combined parent-student alcohol prevention program on intermediate factors and adolescents’ drinking behavior: A sequential mediation model. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 719-727.

Maric, M., van Steensel, F.J.A & Bögels, S. M. (2015). Parental Involvement in CBT for Anxiety-Disordered Youth Revisited: Family CBT outperforms child CBT in the long term for children with comorbid ADHD symptoms. Journal of Attention Disorders, 1-9.

Maric, M., de Haan, E., Hogendoorn, S. M., Wolters, L. H., & Huizenga, H. M. (2014). Evaluating Statistical and Clinical Significance of Intervention Effects in Single-Case Experimental Designs: An SPSS Method to Analyse Univariate Data. Behavior Therapy, 46. 230-241.

Maric, M. & Schwartz, J. S. (2014). Negative Cognitive Errors in Youth: Specificity to Anxious and Depressive Symptoms and Developmental Differences. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 43, 526-537.  

Maric, M., Wiers, R.W., & Prins, P.J.M. (2012). Ten Ways to Improve the Use of Statistical Mediation Analysis in the Practice of Child and Adolescent Treatment Research. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 15 , 177-191.  

Maric, M., Heyne, D. A., MacKinnon, D. P., Van Widenfelt, B. M., & Westenberg, P. M. (2012). Cognitive Mediation of Cognitive-behavioral Therapy Outcomes for Adolescent School Refusal. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (manuscript accepted for publication) .  

Maric, M., Heyne, D. A., de Heus, P., van Widenfelt, B. M., & Westenberg, P. M. (2011). The Role of Cognition in School Refusal: An Investigation of Automatic Thoughts and Cognitive Errors. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 29 , 1-15 .  

Maric, M., Heyne, D. A., van Widenfelt, B. M., & Westenberg, P. M. ( 2011 ). Distorted Cognitive Processing in Youth: The Structure of Negative Cognitive Errors and Their Associations with Anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35, 11-20.  

Verschuur, M. J., Maric, M., & Spinhoven, P. (2010). Differences in Changes in Health-Related Anxiety Between Western and Non-Western Participants in a Trauma-Focused Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23 , 300-303.


National publications

Telman, L., van Steensel, F.J.A., Maric, M., & Bögels, S.M. (2015). Denken, doen, durven. Werkzame factoren in de angstbehandeling. Werk in Uitvoering. Tijdschrift Kind & Adolescent Praktijk.

Versluis, A., Maric, M., & Peute, L. (2014). N=1 studies in onderzoek en praktijk. De Psycholoog, 3, 10-20.

Verschuur, M.J., Maric, M., Cuijpers, A.T.F., Emmerik, A.A.P. van, Rosendaal, F.R., & Spinhoven, Ph. (2004). The Effects of the Medical Investigation into the Bijlmermeer Aviation Disaster on the Health Experience of the Inhabitants and Workers [256 pages]. Leiden University; Leiden University Medical Centre.



Winner of the Wim Truijsburgprijs for the best Dutch junior researcher conducting clinical practice relevant research. Nederlandse vereniging voor Psychotherapie (price: glass sculpture and budget for international work visit, 2015).


Grants and research funding

Maric, M. Explicit and implicit self-esteem in children and adolescents: Developmentally sensitive assessment tools and associations with anxiety. 2015 Developmental Psychology, UvA (€ 3.000).

Snellings, P., Maric, M., Salemink, E., Collot déscury, A. & Jurgen Tijms. Training negative self-esteem in children with dyslexia. 2015 Developmental Psychology, UvA (€ 10.000).

F.J.A. van Steensel, Maric, M. Bögels, S.M. Studying working mechanisms in anxiety treatment of youth. 2014 Zon-MW subsidie (100.000 E).

Maric, M. Evaluating mediators of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy outcomes in single-case studies: The way towards evidence-based practice. 2011 NWO Meerwaarde grant (31.464 E). 

Maric, M. Factors moderating and mediating change during Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety-based school refusal. NWO Mozaiek grant (180.000 E).  



  • Courses: (1) Clinical developmental psychology; (2) Psychological interventions for children and adolescents: theory, research and practice
  • Master thesis and clinical internship supervision






  • A. Versluis, M. Maric & L. Peute (2014). N=1 studies in onderzoek en praktijk: (hoe) heeft de behandeling gewerkt? De Psycholoog, 49 (3), 10-20.


  • M. Maric (2015). Winner of Wim Truijsburgprize for best junior-scientist for her work on bridging the gap between research laboratory and clinical practice. Recognition.
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