Van der Veen, Dr. R. (Rixt)

  • Assistant Professor

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1431
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen, Algemene en Gezinspedagogiek
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4B33

  • Assistant Professor, Child and Family Studies, Leiden University (October 2014 - present). Interest in the influence of early life stress and interventions during adolescence on later life (social) functioning.  Current project: Experiences in sensitive periods: Effects on social competence. In collaboration with Prof. Dr. M.J. Kranenburg-Bakermans,  Prof. Dr. M.H. van IJzendoorn, , Prof. Dr. M. Joëls.   

  • Postdoctoral researcher, UMC Utrecht, Rudolf Magnus Brain Center, Translational neuroscience (October 2013 – September 2014). Prof. Dr. M. Joëls. Interest in the influence of early life stress and interventions during adolescence on later life (social) functioning. Project: Experiences in sensitive periods: Effects on attention and behavioral control.

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Child and Family Studies, Leiden University (November 2011 – September 2013). Prof. Dr. M.J. Kranenburg-Bakermans, Prof. Dr. M.H. van IJzendoorn.  Project: Using the infant simulator in cry-research: validation and relations with child-abuse and trauma. The role of oxytocin in parenting: validation of a novel ‘baby social reward task’.

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Medical pharmacology (LACDR/LUMC), Leiden University, (March 2008- October  2011). Prof. Dr. ER de Kloet.  Project: Novel susceptibility pathways for psychosis: Individual differences in psychostimulant sensitization. This work explored drugable pathways that underlie the individual susceptibility to the sensitizing ability of amphetamine in a mouse model.

  • PhD candidate, INSERM U588, Physiopathology of Behavior, University of Bordeaux II, and Medical Pharmacology (LACDR/LUMC), Leiden University (March 2001 – December 2007). Title of dissertation: Gene-environment interactions implicated in drug intake: The establishment of two mouse models. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. PV Piazza and Prof. Dr. ER de Kloet. This work assessed the impact of early and late environmental experiences on drug intake in two inbred strains of mice.

  • MSc medical Biology, Groningen University (December 2000).

Teaching activities

  • Daily supervision of Master- and PhD students
  • Lecturer in Educational sciences:
  • Neurobiologische achtergronden van opvoeding en ontwikkeling
  • Vaders
  • Inleiding in de praktische filosofie
  • Former lecturer in several courses for students in Biomedical (BW), Biofarmaceutical (BFW) and Educational sciences (pedagogiek):
  • Hormones and the nervous system
  • Frontiers of neural science
  • Colloquia Recent advances in developmental psychopathology


Research areas and activities

  • Early life experiences and development
  • Gene-environment interaction
  • Psychostimulant drugs
  • Oxytocine and response to crying


 For publication see tab published work.


Last Modified: 22-12-2015