Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg

Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg
Integrated Member
Social Development Team

Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg obtained her PhD in Child and Family Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She has been affiliated with Leiden University and with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and is currently a full professor at ISPA Lisbon. She obtained an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden, in 2017, and is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and Member of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) since 2012. Her research focuses on attachment and emotion regulation in parents and their children, with special emphasis on neurobiological processes in parenting and development. She is interested in the interplay between nature and nurture, exploring and testing the ‘differential susceptibility’ model, but also hormonal correlates of parenting, in particular in fathers, and interventions. She is one of the developers of the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline, that has now been tested for its effectiveness in more than 25 RCTs and is broadly used to support families. She received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council that enabled her to study behavioral, neural, and hormonal changes in men in the transition to fatherhood, including a series of RCTs with behavioral and hormonal interventions. Another interest of her is promoting de-institutionalization and the transition to family-based care in all parts of the world for as many children as possible. She has been on Thomson Reuters’ list of 1% most highly cited researchers in Psychology/ Psychiatry each year since 2016.

Main 5 publications

Bakermans-Kranenburg MJ, Lotz AM, Alyousefi-van Dijk K, & Van IJzendoorn, MH (2019). The birth of a father: Fathering in the first 1,000 days. Child Development Perspectives, 13, 247-253. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12347
Buisman, R.S.M., Alyousefi-van Dijk, K., de Waal, N., Kesarlal, A. R., Verhees, M. W. F. T., van IJzendoorn, M. H., & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J. (2022). Fathers’ sensitive parenting enhanced by prenatal video-feedback: A randomized controlled trial using ultrasound imaging. Pediatric Research. doi: 10.1038/s41390-022-02183-9
Ellis, B.J., Horn, A.J. Carter, C.S., Van IJzendoorn M.H., & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. (2021). Developmental programming of oxytocin through variation in early-life stress: Four meta-analyses and a theoretical reinterpretation. Clinical Psychology Review, Jun;86:101985. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2021.101985
Bosmans, G, Bakermans-Kranenburg, MJ, Vervliet, B, Verhees, Marinus MWFT, Van IJzendoorn, MH. (2020). A learning theory of attachment: Unraveling the black box of attachment development. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 113, 287-298. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.03.014
Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Duschinsky, R., Goldman, P.S., Fox, N.A., Gunnar, M.R., Johnson, D.E., Nelson, C.A., Reijman, S., Skinner, G.C.M., Zeanah, C.H., & Sonuga-Barke, E.J.S. (2020). Institutionalisation and de-institutionalisation of children I: A systematic and integrative review of evidence regarding effects on development. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(8), 703–720. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30399-2