Utrecht University, the Netherlands

The relational context of identity development

Short Bio

Susan Branje is professor of Adolescent Development and Socialization at the Division of Youth and Family, Department of Education and Pedagogy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She received her PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2003, and worked at Utrecht University since 2002. Her work focuses on understanding the developmental changes in adolescents’ relationships with parents, siblings, friends, and romantic partners and the associations with development of adolescents individual characteristics and adjustment. In trying to understand adolescent development, she includes factors at the individual, interactional, relational, contextual and societal level. She has conducted long-term longitudinal multi-informant and multi-method studies, using questionnaire data, observations, internet assessments, and diary studies, combined with psychophysiological and (epi)genetic data as well as neighborhood data. She is principal investigator of several ongoing longitudinal studies among and young adults, such as the intergenerational RADAR study and InTransition. She has served on the governing boards of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) and the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). She is currently President of EARA.