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J.M.  Koot
Interests
I am highly interested in the etiology, diagnostics and intervention of emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. I am interested in basic questions like: How does development of psychopathology occur? Which personal and social factors do contribute to this development? How can this knowledge be used to improve detection and diagnostics of these problems? To what extent can we influence behavioral and emotional problems through preventive and clinical interventions?
 
Focus
My interests focus on determining the development of emotion understanding and emotion regulation and social cognitions and interactions and their relation with self-regulation and psychopathology. My studies involve several aspects of social and emotional development, but are mainly focused on the regulation of emotions and social interactions and its relation with self-regulation and psychopathology. In addressing the development of self-regulation and psychopathology, neuropsychological, cognitive, and social interactive processes are taken into account. In my studies, findings with concern to normal development are contrasted with those of a variety of high-risk and clinical groups using cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs. In addition, to address developmental mechanisms interventions and experiments are performed in the context of longitudinal cohort studies while accounting simultaneously for personal and environmental influences.
 
Current activities
Currently, I am a professor of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology, director of the department of developmental psychology, director of the Social and Emotional Development research programme, and director of the EMGO+ Mental Health program. My research includes –mostly longitudinal- projects on social and emotional development, behavioral and emotional problems, psychopathology, adjustment, and quality of life in both the general population and special, clinical samples, including individuals with psychiatric disorders, intellectual disability, and somatic disorders. My research covers infancy through young adulthood. I am PI of several longitudinal studies, including the Zuid-Holland Preschool Study (ages 2-18), RADAR (ages 12-22), Spelregels (ages 5-13), and PATHS (ages 5-13), and of a number of of preventive intervention studies targeting disruptive problem behavior, anxiety and depression. You will find further information on my research and publications at http://www.psy.vu.nl/nl/over-de-faculteit/medewerkers-alfabetisch/medewerkers-i-l/h-koot/index.asp