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Dr. A. (Anouk) van Dijk

Assistant professor
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Developmental psychopathology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
  • Room number: D9.07
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
  • Research Profile

    My research focuses on how youth learn to interpret the behavior of the people around them. Some youths’ histories may predispose them to distrust others and expect the worst. Such hostile interpretations may contribute to the development of aggressive behavior problems. They may also affect the therapeutic process, making it harder for these youth to trust their therapist. My work aims to improve our understanding of how hostile expectations may develop, and how therapists may promote youths’ motivation for treatment.

    Research topics include:

    • Aggressive behavior problems
    • Social information processing
    • Client-therapist interaction
    • Treatment motivation

    Externe links:


  • Teaching & PhD supervision

    Taught courses 

    • Foundations of Psychotherapy 
    • Assessment and Intervention 2 


    PhD supervision

    • Using interactive virtual reality to understand behavior problems in youth | Rogier Verhoef (NWO)
    • Using interactive virtual reality to treat behavior problems in youth |Sophie Alsem (NWO)
    • Individual differences in environmental sensitivity: A closer look at sensory processing sensitivity | Danni Liu  (CSC)
  • Publications


    • Alsem, S. C., Keulen, J., Verhulp, E. E., van Dijk, A., & De Castro, B. O. (2022). Capturing mechanisms of change: Weekly covariation in anger regulation, hostile intent attribution, and children's aggression. Aggressive Behavior, 48(2), 232-240.
    • Verhoef, R. E. J., van Dijk, A., & de Castro, B. O. (2022). A Dual-Mode Social-Information-Processing Model to Explain Individual Differences in Children’s Aggressive Behavior. Clinical Psychological Science, 10(1), 41-57. [details]



    • Poorthuis, A., & van Dijk, A. (2020). Online study-aids to stimulate effective learning in an undergraduate psychological assessment course. Psychology Learning and Teaching.



    • van Dijk, A., Orobio De Castro, B., Thomaes, S. C. E., & Poorthuis, A. M. G. (2018). “Was it meant to be mean?” Young children’s hostile attribution bias and intent attribution skills. Social Development, 27(4), 683-698.
    • van Dijk, A., Poorthuis, A. M. G., Thomaes, S. C. E., & Orobio De Castro, B. (2018). Does parent-child discussion of peer provocations reduce young children’s hostile attribution bias? Child Development, 89(5), 1908-1920.


    • De Castro, B. O., & van Dijk, A. (2017). “It’s gonna end up with a fight anyway.”: Social cognitive processes in children with disruptive behavior disorders. In The Wiley handbook of disruptive and impulse-control disorders John Wiley & Sons.
    • van Dijk, A., Poorthuis, A. M. G., & Malti, T. (2017). Psychological processes in young bullies versus bully‐victims. Aggressive Behavior, 43(5), 430-439.



    • van Dijk, A., & Orobio De Castro, B. (2016). Relaties tussen kinderen op school. In Handboek diagnostiek in de leerlingenbegeleiding (pp. 255-272). Garant.
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  • Ancillary activities
    • RINO Groep
      Docent Praktijkonderzoek voor de opleiding tot Klinisch Psycholoog