• Lianne Aarntzen, Ph.D 2020

Lianne was a PhD-candidate at the Social, Health & Organizational Psychology department of Utrecht University. Her PhD-project focused on how gender stereotypes about ‘caregiving mothers’ and ‘breadwinning fathers’ influence men and women’s experience of combining family and work. In this project she studied questions such as: Do gender stereotypes cause mothers to feel more guilt about work-family conflict compared to fathers, what are the consequences of guilt pertaining to work-family conflict, and do these consequences help explain existing gender differences (e.g. Dutch women working fewer hours than Dutch men)? Her supervisors were Elianne van Steenbergen, Belle Derks, & Tanja van der Lippe.

  • Iliana Mischicroni, MSc 2019

  • Elena Bacchini, MSc 2018

  • Cristina Spolaia, MSc 2017

Cristina was supervised by Prof. Derks her during her thesis: “Moral Guilt: how compensatory behaviours and guilt are influenced by work-family conflict and the motherhood ideal”. Cristina investigated how the potential role of the newly gained identity as a mother, may lead women experiencing more guilt and then overcompensating behaviour, specifically breastfeeding. Now, Cristina has taken a slightly different direction in her academic studies and is doing her PhD in the interaction between experimental psychology and art. More specifically, she is investigating the visual perception of materials in paintings at TU Delft; supervised by Dr. Maarten Wijntjes & Prof. Huib de Ridder. She will also seek to apply her knowledge in social psychology to this unique project.