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Yayouk  Willems

Yayouk Willems was granted the NWO Researchtalent fund and will be working together with Prof. dr. Catrin Finkenauer and Prof. dr. Meike Bartels at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and as a guest researcher at Utrecht University. 


PhD Project

Family violence brings tremendous costs to individuals and society. Although it is reliably associated with multiple problems, the pathways underlying these associations are poorly understood hampering effective interventions. We propose that self-control strength plays a key role in family violence because of its foundational function in regulating behavior, emotions, and cognition. We will use a genetically informative design and data from one of the world's largest twin-family databases (the Netherlands Twin Register) to investigate—for the first time—individuals’ susceptibility and resilience to the effects of family violence and their interplay with self-control strength taking gene-environment interplay into account. 


PhD student 2015 - present
Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University

Researcher January - July 2015
Early Growth and Development Study, The Pennsylvania State University 

Research Master psychology 2013 - 2015
Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Project Assistant 'Kinderen uit de Knel' 2014 - 2015
Targeting families involved in a high-conflict divorce, Lorentzhuis & KJTC

Editorial Assisant 2011 - 2014
New edition Systeemhandboek Nederland & België

Bachelor psychology & sociology 2009 - 2012
Amsterdam University College