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N.L. (Nicole) Creasey

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Afd. POW

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
  • Room number: D9.12B
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
  • Profile

    As a researcher, I investigate the effect of parenting programs on children's DNA methylation and disruptive behavior. My work helps us understand how parenting affects children's development and where we can intervene to make lasting changes to children's wellbeing. It forms part of the project 'Growing up in Amsterdam' funded by NWO.

    I began my doctoral work in September 2019 supervised by Prof Geertjan Overbeek and Dr Patty Leijten (Preventive Youth Care). Prior to that, I received my research masters degree in Developmental Psychology from Leiden University and my bachelor degree in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Much of my earlier work focused on understanding the neurological and cognitive mechanisms that underlie the effects of adverse experiences on mental health. 

    In April 2020, I launched the Covid-19 Family Study, which provides organizations with up-to-date information about the impact of the pandemic on Dutch families. In January 2021, we published a report on family coping during the pandemic in The Netherlands - a copy can be found on this page. 

  • Publications


    • Canário, A. C., Byrne, S., Creasey, N., Kodyšová, E., Kömürcü Akik, B., Lewandowska-Walter, A., Modić Stanke, K., Pećnik, N., & Leijten, P. (2022). The use of information and communication technologies in family support across Europe: A narrative review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(3), [1488]. [details]


    • Overbeek, G., Creasey, N., Wesarg, C., Huijzer-Engbrenghof, M., & Spencer, H. (2020). When mummy and daddy get under your skin: A new look at how parenting affects children's DNA methylation, stress reactivity, and disruptive behavior. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2020(172), 25-38. [details]


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