Clinical Developmental Psychology
Prototypical for our research policy in clinical developmental research, is focusing on the development of psychopathology and developmental pathways imbedded in Cognitive Theory and Affect Regulation Theories. Our two central domains where we tested the assumptions of both theories are: development (and treatment) of childhood obesity and adolescents’ depression. For example, we studied emotional eating in youngsters with obesity and, we studied cognitive vulnerabilities in adolescents with depressive symptoms within a diathesis-stress perspective on psychopathology. The research in our department is directed at the synergy between fundamental and applied research and is targeted at normal and clinical populations of varying ages. Interestingly, our research applies various research methods such as multiple informant self-report questionnaires, longitudinal designs, experiments, and qualitative research.
We aimed to further expand our network via study visits, memberships, international congress presentations or symposia, review work for journals and publications in peer-reviewed journals: see the CV for the publications of the promoter with >90 A1 publications in international peer-reviewed journals with good impact scores and, thanks to the output of the doctoral theses of ex-research members: Decaluwé, V. (2003), Timbremont, B. (2004), Soetens, B. (2006), Van Vlierberghe, L. (2008), Moens, E. (2008), Bosmans, G. (2009) Goossens, L. (2009), De Mey, W. (2010), Boone (2011), Brennings (2011) and Verbeken (2012).
Since 2003 more then 11 research projects were successfully finished. Currently, the research is conducted with the help of post docs (three specialized in obesity and eating disorder related issues: Ellen Moens, Sandra Verbeken and Lien Goossens; and three specialized in research on affect regulation : Leentje Vervoort and two who left the department in 2010: Benedikte Timbremont and Guy Bosmans). Further, we were surrounded by Ph.D. students on obesity and eating disorder related issues: Kim van Durme, Julie Vandewalle, Annelies Matton, Laura Vandeweghe and on depression its origins in attachment and its relation with affect regulation: Lotte Theuwis, Laura Wante and Eva Vandevivere. In this team two projects were granted by the Ghent University Research Fund (BOF), three are working on an IWT project, two projects were granted by the FWO, two are working in a child psychiatry unit outside and for three projects the Ph.D.student is currently paid by Ghent University (direct funding).
Overview of the research domain from the clinical developmental research group