Mara van der Meulen
Mara van der Meulen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID), at Leiden University. During her PhD (supervised prof. Eveline Crone and Dr. Wierenga) she investigated prosocial behavior in middle childhood, as well as functional and structural brain correlates. Mara obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012 and her Research Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology in 2014 from Leiden University. After completing her studies, Mara worked as a research assistant in the Brain and Development Research Center to examine the effect of media-by-peer interactions on body image in young women.
Mara is currently investigating longitudinal trajectories of prosocial behavior from middle childhood into early adolescence, as part of the L-CID study. She is also involved in teaching bachelor and master students, and she is interested in communicating scientific findings to the general public.