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D.H.J. (Daniek) Joosten

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Developmental psychopathology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
  • Room number: D9.00
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • Profile


    I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2018 at Amsterdam University College, and my research master’s and clinical master’s degree in Developmental Psychology in 2020 and 2021, respectively, at Utrecht University. I started my Ph.D. in 2022 at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam. I participate in the longitudinal project of dr. Milica Nikolic on the development of shyness. My Ph.D. dissertation MAGIC (more about generosity in children) is centred around the development of prosocial behavior in the realm of emotions and environmental factors. I investigate the development of prosocial behavior in the first year of infants’ lives and test whether self-conscious emotions (e.g., shyness, guilt, shame) and environmental factors (e.g., parenting behaviors, peers, social norms) influence this development. I pay attention to both their unique and their additional/synergistic effects.

    Research interests

    I’m very interested in social cognition and emotions in social situations. I’m interested in understanding how children and adults feel in social situations, how they think about other people, and how these feelings and thoughts influence their social behaviors. I'm keen to investigate how self-conscious emotions, such as shame, shyness and guilt develop in infants and young children and how these emotions guide social behavior. Additionally, I’m interested in understanding these processes by taking into account the social context - for example, how parenting behaviors, interactions with peers, and presence of (unfamiliar) others may modulate the influence of emotions on social behavior.

    Key words

    • Toddlers
    • Infants
    • Child development, behaviour, emotions, thoughts, feelings, friendships, & education


  • Research

    Research methods

    • Experiment (longitudinal and cross-sectional) 

    Research projects

    • Project Shyness: Project Shyness - CDE - Universiteit van Amsterdam (
    • SDC-Project: Sociale ontwikkeling van kinderen - Universiteit van Amsterdam (
    • Samen spelen? – Voorjaarsvakantie 2022: Als we nieuwe mensen ontmoeten, vormen we snel een eerste indruk. Meteen beslissen we of we vriendschap willen sluiten en samen willen werken. In deze studie onderzoeken we wat deze beslissingen beïnvloedt.
      Kinderen vanaf 8 jaar en hun ouders kunnen meedoen aan dit onderzoek.
      Onderzoekers: dr. Milicia Nikolic, dr Mariska Kret, Chrisopher Riddell
      Onderzoeksinstelling: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universiteit Leiden
      Aantal Proefpersonen: 468
  • Teaching


    • Thesis writing assistance (Dutch & English)
    • Data collection Family LAB
    • Orthopedagogiek: Child Development and Education cursus 'Schrijfondersteuning'
  • Publications


    • Zijlstra, A., Joosten, D. H. J., van Nieuwenhuijzen, M., & Orobio de Castro, B. (2023). The first 1001 days: A scoping review of parenting interventions strengthening good enough parenting in parents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. Advance online publication.


    • Joosten, D. H. J., Nelemans, S. A., Meeus, W., & Branje, S. (2022). Longitudinal associations between depressive symptoms and quality of romantic relationships in late adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51(3), 509-523. Advance online publication. [details]
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