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H.J.M. (Merlin) Nieterau

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Preventive Youth Care
Photographer: Ron Kefferman

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
  • Room number: 9.12A
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Merlin Nieterau is a PhD Candidate at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education. Her main research interests lie in the area of parenting and child development. She is particularly interested in investigating how parenting and interactions between parents and children influence children's mental health and wellbeing. 

    By empirically studying the daily lives of families, Merlin aims to fill important gaps in the understanding of dynamic processes of parent-child interactions linked to children's mental health problems.

    Expertise and research fields 

    • Parenting
    • Parent-child interactions
    • Children's mental health and well-being
    • Person-environment transactions
  • Research

    Research methods 

    • Experience sampling methods (ESM)
    • Meta-analysis
    • Intervention Studies

    Current research projects

    Opvoedperikelen [Perils of Parenthood]

    The goal of this project is to acquire a more in-depth understanding of the underlying networks of symptoms and risk and protective factors in individual families dealing with disruptive child behavior (for more information, see

  • Teaching


    • Internship Supervision
      Program: BA Child Development and Education
    • Familie en Gezin [Family Systems]


    • Thesis Supervision Master Students 
      Programs: MA Preventive Youth Care, MA Forensic Orthopedagogics 
  • Publications


    • Nieterau, H. J. M. (2023). An Idiographic Analysis of Daily Coercive Parent-child Interaction Patterns in Families with Children with Emerging Disruptive Behavior. Abstract from European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Turku, Finland.
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  • Ancillary activities
    • VNOP-CAS Research Days
      Member of the organizing committee