Academic honours and awards

  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Lund, Sweden, June 2, 2017
  • Highly Cited Researcher in Psychology/Psychiatry 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 (top 1%, Thomson Reuters)
  • Advanced Grant from the European Research Council 2015.
  • Elected member of the KNAW ( Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) since 2012.
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science since 2012
  • NWO – VICI laureate 2009/2010. Grant for outstanding senior researchers who have shown that they have the ability successfully to develop their own innovative lines of research and to act as coaches for young researchers
  • Bowlby-Ainsworth Award 2005 ( New York Attachment Consortium & The Center for Mental Health Promotion). The Bowlby-Ainsworth Award recognizes founders and singular contributors to the Bowlby-Ainsworth tradition of attachment theory and research. April 2005.
  • NWO – VIDI laureate 2004. Grant for outstanding young researchers who are among the top 10-20% of their peer group

Awards for papers

  • ISED-SCHEIDEGGER award for best PhD related paper (in Developmental Psychology, 1993)
  • Dissertation Award of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies for PhD student Madelon Riem (2013). Title of dissertation: “Toward a neuroscience of parenting. Adult attachment and oxytocin affect neural and behavioral responses to infant attachment signals”
  • Award for the best scientific article published in an international journal, awarded by the Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development (ISED): Out, D., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2011). Physiological reactivity to infant crying.  Genes, Brain & Behavior, 9, 868-876.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Best Article in Child Maltreatment Award 2011 (with Stoltenborgh, Euser, and Van IJzendoorn: “A global perspective on child sexual abuse: meta-analysis of prevelance around the world”) awarded at the APSAC conference in Chicago on June 29th 2012.
  • Award for the best international article of the Institute of Education and Child Studies, Leiden University to PhD student Madelon Riem. Riem, Bakermans-Kranenburg, Pieper, Tops, Boksem, Vermeiren, Van IJzendoorn, Rombouts, (2011). Oxytocin modulates amygdala, insula and inferior frontal gyrus responses to infant crying: A randomized control trial.  Biological Psychiatry, 70, 291-297.
  • Award for best dissertation 2009-2011 PhD student D. Out. Title of dissertation: “Parenting unraveled: predictors of infant attachment and responses to crying.” Institute of Education and Child Studies, Leiden University.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Outstanding Research Article Award 2010 (with Cyr, Van IJzendoorn, and Euser: “Attachment security and disorganization in maltreating and high-risk families: A series of meta-analyses”) awarded at the APSAC conference in Philadelphia on July 15th 2011.
  • Best Article Award ISED 2007. For: “ Social Development from Infancy to Adolescence: Longitudinal and Concurrent Factors in an Adoption Sample”. Developmental Psychology, 42, 1143-1153 (with Jaffar-Bimmel, Juffer, Van IJzendoorn, &, Mooijaart).