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dr. M. (Milica) Nikolic

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Developmental psychopathology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Biography 

    I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2008 at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia and my master's degree in Psychology in 2010 at Belgrade University, Serbia. I obtained my Advanced Practicum in Rationale Emotive Behavioral Psychotherapy at the Affiliated training center of Albert Ellis Institute in Belgrade after which I became a certified psychotherapist. I started my Ph.D. in 2013 at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam. I participated in the longitudinal project of prof. dr Susan Bögels on the intergenerational transmission of anxiety. My Ph.D. dissertation was focused on the development of social anxiety. I investigated how fear and inhibition in social situations and how heightened self-consciousness (shyness, blushing) influence children's social anxiety. I discovered that not only inhibited children but also children with heightened self-consciousness, that is, children who blush and children who express shyness in a negative way, are at risk for developing social anxiety. During my Ph.D. track, I visited the Psychotherapy and Emotion lab at Boston University, US and the Center for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, Australia. I also received a Kind & Adolescent travel grant to visit Emotion & Self Lab at the University of British Columbia, Canada. My Ph.D. thesis was awarded cum laude in June 2017 and was voted among the best three Ph.D. theses in the Netherlands in the field of child psychology (biennial doctoral thesis award of VNOP). I also won the George Butterworth Young Scientist Award from the European Association of Developmental Psychology. The award is awarded every two years “to young scholars who have made valuable contributions to the field of Developmental Psychology at an early stage of their career”.  I recently received Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Talent grant to investigate neural mechanisms of self-conscious emotional reactivity in high vs. low socially anxious adolescents together with Dr. Disa Sauter, Dr. Ramon Lindauer, Dr. Christian Keysers, and Dr. Valeria Gazzola.

    Research interests

    My research interests evolve around the development of social emotions and social cognition in children. I am interested in understanding how children feel in social situations, how they think about other people, and how these feelings and thoughts influence the onset of children's social problems on one hand and their social adjustment on the other hand. I investigate how social self-conscious emotions, such as shyness, shame, and guilt develop in toddlers and young children and how the disturbances in these emotions (for example, excessive or lack of shame) influence the occurrence of psychopathological symptoms (for example, anxiety and depression) and social adjustment (for example, prosocial behaviors). I am also curious about understanding how children's understanding of other people and the social world influences their everyday social functioning. 

  • Publications

    2020

    • Colonnesi, C., Nikolic, M., & Bögels, S. M. (Accepted/In press). Development and Psychophysiological Correlates of Positive Shyness from Infancy to Childhood. In L. A. Schmidt, & K. L. Poole (Eds.), Shyness - An Adaptive Phenotype Springer.
    • Drummond, P., Shapiro, G. B., Nikolic, M., & Bögels, S. M. (Accepted/In press). Treatment options for fear of blushing. Current psychiatry reports.
    • Nikolic, M. (Accepted/In press). Social emotions and social cognition in the development of social anxiety disorder. The European Journal of Developmental Psychology.
    • Nikolic, M., & Brummelman, E. (Accepted/In press). Zelfbewuste emoties in de kindertijd. Kind en Adolescent.
    • Nikolic, M., Majdandzic, M., Colonnesi, C., de Vente, W., Möller, E. L., & Bögels, S. M. (Accepted/In press). The Unique Contribution of Blushing to the Development of Social Anxiety Disorder Symptoms: Results from a Longitudinal Study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

    2019

    2018

    2017

    • Aktar, E., Nikolic, M., & Bögels, S. M. (2017). Environmental transmission of generalized anxiety disorder from parents to children: Worries, experiential avoidance, and intolerance of uncertainty. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 19(2), 137-147. [details]
    • Colonnesi, C., Nikolić, M., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2017). Social anxiety symptoms in young children: Investigating the interplay of theory of mind and expressions of shyness. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(5), 997-1011. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-016-0206-0 [details]

    2016

    2015

    2019

    • Nikolic, M., Brummelman, E., Kan, K. J., & Colonnesi, C. (2019). Parental mentalization and warmth as predictors of children’s self-conscious emotions and prosocial behaviours. Paper presented at VNOP-CAS Research Days days, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • Nikolic, M., Van der Storm, L., Colonnesi, C., Brummelman, E., Kan, K. J., & Bögels, S. M. (2019). Socio-Cognitive Abilities, Self-Consciousness, and Social Anxiety: Developmental and Psychobiological Perspective. Paper presented at International Convention of Psychological Science (2019), Paris, France.

    2017

    • Zeegers, M. A. J., de Vente, W., Nikolic, M., Colonnesi, C., Majdandzic, M., & Bögels, S. M. (2017). The influence of parental Mind-Mindedness on infants’ heart rate variability from 4 to 12 months. Poster session presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 2017, Austin, United States.

    2016

    • Nikolic, M. (2016). Blushing: A physiological marker of the development of social anxiety disorder. Paper presented at 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT) 2016, Melbourne, Australia.
    • Nikolic, M., Colonnesi, C., & Bögels, S. M. (2016). Shy but not inhibited? Physiological and behavioral reactions of positively shy, negatively shy, and non-shy infants. Paper presented at International Conference on Infant Studies (ICIS) 2016, New Orleans (LA), United States.
    • Zeegers, M. A. J., de Vente, W., Nikolic, M., Majdandzic, M., Colonnesi, C., & Bögels, S. M. (2016). The influence of mothers and fathers' mind-mindedness on infants' physiological emotion regulation across the first year of life. Paper presented at VNOP-ISED-CAS Research Days 2016, .

    2015

    • Möller, E. L., Nikolic, M., Majdandzic, M., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2015). Associations between maternal and paternal parenting behavior and anxiety in early childhood: A meta-analysis. Poster session presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) 2015 , Philadelphia, United States.
    • Nikolic, M., Colonnesi, C., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2015). Socio-cognitive, physiological, and behavioral aspects of childhood social anxiety. Poster session presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) 2015 , Philadelphia, United States.

    Award

    • Nikolic, M. (2019). George Butterworth Young Scientist Award.
    • Nikolic, M. (2016). Kind en Adolescent travel award.

    Talk / presentation

    • Nikolic, M. (speaker) (8-2019). Social emotions and social cognition in the development of social anxiety disorder., 19th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Athens, Greece.
    • Nikolic, M. (speaker), de Vente, W. (speaker), Colonnesi, C. (speaker) & Bogels, S. M. (speaker) (12-11-2015). Autonomic arousal in children of parents with and without social anxiety disorder, Presentation at the Research Days VNOP-ISED-CAS, Leiden, Netherlands.
    • Nikolic, M. (speaker), Colonnesi, C. (speaker), de Vente, W. (speaker) & Bögels, S. M. (speaker) (13-11-2014). Socio-cognitive, physiological, and behavioral aspects of childhood social anxiety, Presentation at the ISED Research Days, Amsterdam, NL.
    • Colonnesi, C. (speaker) & Nikolic, M. (speaker) (4-10-2014). De expressie van verlegenheid bij baby’s en jonge kinderen, College voor breed publiek (LAB) in het Weekend van de Wetenschap, Amsterdam, NL.
    • Nikolic, M. (speaker), Colonnesi, C. (speaker), de Vente, W. (speaker) & Bögels, S. M. (speaker) (10-9-2014). The relationship between theory of mind and childhood social anxiety, Presentation at the congress of the European Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies (EABCT), The Hague, NL.
    • Möller, E. L. (speaker), Nikolic, M. (speaker), Majdandžić, M. (speaker), de Vente, W. (speaker) & Bögels, S. M. (speaker) (9-9-2014). Associations between maternal and paternal parenting behavior and anxiety in early childhood: A meta-analysis, Paper presented at the Child Anxiety Theory and Treatment Seminars (CATTS), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
    • Nikolic, M. (speaker), Colonnesi, C. (speaker), de Vente, W. (speaker) & Bögels, S. M. (speaker) (24-6-2014). Theory of mind and blushing predict Childhood Social Anxiety, Paper presented at the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong.
    • Nikolic, M. (speaker), Colonnesi, C. (speaker), de Vente, W. (speaker), Drummond, P. (speaker) & Bogels, S. M. (speaker) (15-11-2013). The relationship between blushing and social anxiety: A meta-analytic review, Paper presented at the ISED research days 2013, Amsterdam (NL).
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