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Prof. Dr. Maarten van Zalk


Tel.: +49 541 969-6550

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Institut für Psychologie
Seminarstrasse 20
49074 Osnabrück
Sprechzeiten: n. V.


Ausgewählte Themen aus dem Bereich Entwicklung und Kultur (1) (S)
Kolloquium II (3)
Labmeeting Entwicklungspsychologie


01/10/2017 - present: Head of Developmental Psychology, Osnabrück University (W3-Professur)

01/04/2015 - 01/10/2017: Visiting Professor, Oxford University, United Kingdom

01/04/2015 - 01/10/2017: Visiting Professor, Münster University, Germany 

01/09/2013 - 01/01/2016: VENI Fellow, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

01/09/2010 - 31/12/2016 : Associate Professor in Psychology, Örebro University, Sweden (tenured)

01/09/2009 - 01/09/2010: Marie Curie Post Doctoral Researcher, Örebro University, Sweden

01/03/2005 - 31/08/2009: PhD Researcher, Utrecht University, the Netherlands     


NOTE: Last name change from “Selfhout”to “Van Zalk” in 2009


Im Druck

Van Zalk, M., Nestler, S., Geukes, K., Hutteman, R., Back, M. (in press) The Co-Development of Extraversion and Friendships: Bonding and Behavioral Interaction Mechanisms in Friendship Networks. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences. Eine Vorab-Version des Artikels finden Sie hier:


Van Zalk, N. & Van Zalk, M. (2019). Longitudinal Links between Adolescent Social Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms: Testing the Mediational Effects of Cybervictimization. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 50, 186–197.

Humberg, S., Dufner, M., Schönbrodt, F. D., Geukes, K., Hutteman, R., Küfner, A. C. P., van Zalk, M. H. W., Denissen, J. J. A., Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2019). Is accurate, positive, or inflated self-perception most advantageous for psychological adjustment? A competitive test of key hypotheses. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116, 835–859.

Kotzur, P. F.*, Friehs, M.-T.*, Asbrock, F., & van Zalk, M. H. W. (in press). Stereotype content of refugee subgroups in Germany. European Journal of Social Psychology. *Shared first authorship


Geukes, K., van Zalk, M., & Back, M. D. (2018). Understanding personality development: An integrative state process model. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 42, 43-51.

Hewstone, M., Ramiah, A.A., Schmid, K., Floe, C., van Zalk, M. H. W., Wölfer, R. & New, R. (2018). Influence of segregation versus mixing: Intergroup contact and attitudes among White-British and Asian-British students in high schools in Oldham, England. Theory and Research in Education, 16, 179–203.

Humberg, S., Dufner, M., Schönbrodt, F. D., Geukes, K., Hutteman, R., van Zalk, M. H. W., … Back, M. D. (2018). Why Condition-Based Regression Analysis (CRA) is Indeed a Valid Test of Self-Enhancement Effects: A Response to Krueger et al. (2017). Collabra: Psychology, 4, 26.

Humberg, S., Dufner, M., Schönbrodt, F. D., Geukes, K., Hutteman, R., van Zalk, M. H. W., Denissen, J. J. A., Nestler, S., & Back, M. D. (2018). Enhanced versus simply positive: A new condition-based regression analysis to disentangle effects of self-enhancement from effects of positivity of self-view. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114, 303-322.


Geukes, K., Van Zalk, M. H. W., & Back, M. D. (2017). Analyzing Processes in Personality Development. In J. Specht (Ed.). Personality development across the lifespan (pp. 455-472). Academic Press.

Van Zalk, N., & Van Zalk, M. (2017). Early Adolescent Disclosure and Parental Knowledge Regarding Online Activities: Social Anxiety and Parental Rule-Setting as Moderator. Current Psychology, 1-12.

Mahmoodi, J., Leckelt, M., van Zalk, M.W.H., Geukes, K., & Back, M.D. (2017).  Big Data approaches in social and behavioral science: Four key trade-offs and a call for integration. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 18, 57-62.


Khoreva, V. & Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2016). Antecedents of work engagement among high potential employees. Career Development International, 21, 459 - 476.

Khoreva, V., Vaiman, V., Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2016). Talent managementpractice effectiveness: investigating employee perspective. Employee Relations, 39, 19 - 33.

Wölfer, R. & Van Zalk, M.H.W., Schmid, K., & Hewstone, M. (2016). Developmental Dynamics of Intergroup Contact and Intergroup Attitudes: Long-Term Effects in Adolescence and Early Adulthood. Child Development, 87, 1466–1478.


Abdelzadeh, A., Öydemir, M., & Van Zalk, M. H. W. (2015). Dissatisfied Citizens: An Asset to or a Liability on the Democratic Functioning of Society? Scandinavian Political Studies, 38, 410-436.

Van Zalk, M.H.W. & Van Zalk, N.  (2015) Violent peer influence: The roles of self-esteem and psychopathic traits. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1077-1088.

Van Zalk, N. & Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2015). The Importance of Perceived Care and Connectedness with Friends and Parents for Adolescent Social Anxiety. Journal of Personality, 83, 346-360.

Van Zalk, M.H.W. & Denissen, J. (2015). Idiosyncratic Versus Social Consensus Approaches to Personality: Self-View, Perceived, and Peer-View Similarity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 109, 121-141.


Dahl, B.V. & Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2014). Peer networks and the development of illegal political behavior among adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 399–409.

Van Zalk, M.H.W. & Kerr, M. (2014). Developmental Trajectories of Prejudice and Tolerance Toward Immigrants from Early to Late Adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 1658-1671.


Veenstra, R., Dijkstra, J.K., Steglich, C., & Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2013). Network-behavior dynamics. Special Issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23, 399-412.

Van Zalk, M.H.W., Kerr, M., Van Zalk, N. & Stattin, H. (2013). Xenophobia and Tolerance in Adolescence: Cross-Influence Processes in Friendships. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 627-639.


Dufner, M., Denissen, J. J. A., Van Zalk, M.H.W., Matthes, B., Meeus, W. H. J., van Aken, M. A. G., & Sedikides, C. (2012). Positive intelligence illusions: On the relation between intellectual selfenhancement and psychological adjustment. Journal of Personality, 80, 537-572.

Kerr, M., Van Zalk, M.H.W., Stattin, H. (2012). Psychopathic Traits Moderate Peer Influence on Delinquency. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 826-835.


Deuling, J., Denissen, J., Van Zalk, M.H.W., Meeus, W., and Van Aken, M. (2011). Perceived influence in groups over time: how associations with personality and cognitive ability can change over time. Journal of Research in Adolescence, 45, 576-585.

Van Zalk, M.H.W., Branje, S., Denissen, J. J. A., Van Aken, M. A. G., & Meeus, W. (2011). Who benefits from chatting, and why? The roles of extraversion and supportiveness in online chatting and emotional adjustment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1202-1215. Van Zalk, N., Kerr, M., Van Zalk, M.H.W. & Stattin, H. (2011). Socialization of Social Anxiety in Adolescent Crowds. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 1239-1249.

Denissen, J., Schönbrodt, F., Van Zalk, M.H.W., Van Aken, M., Meeus, W. (2011). Antecedents and consequences of peer-rated intelligence. European Journal of Personality, 25, 108–119.

Van Zalk, N., Van Zalk, M.H.W., Kerr, M. & Stattin, H. (2011). Social Anxiety as Basis for Friendship Selection and Socialization in a Youth Social Network. Journal of Personality, 29, 499-525.

Denissen, J., Neumann, L., Van Zalk, M.H.W. (2011). How the internet is changing the implementation of traditional research methods, people's daily lives, and the way in which developmental scientists conduct research. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 564-575.

Ter Bogt, T., Christenson, P., Van Zalk, M.H.W., Delsing, M., Meeus, W. (2011). Intergenerational continuity of taste: The relationship between parental and adolescent music preferences. Social Forces, 90, 297-319.


Van Zalk, M.H.W., Kerr, M.. Branje, S., & Stattin, H. (2010). Peer Contagion and Adolescent Depression: The Role of Failure Anticipation. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 837-848.

Van Zalk, M.H.W., Branje, S. Kerr, M., & Stattin, H. (2010). It Takes Three: Selection, Influence, and Deselection Processes of Depression in Adolescent Peer Networks. Developmental Psychology, 46, 927-938.

Selfhout, M.H.W., Burk, W., Branje, S., Denissen, J. J. A., Van Aken, M. A. G., & Meeus, W. (2010). Emerging late adolescent friendship networks and Big Five personality traits: A social network perspective. Journal of Personality, 78, 509-538.


Selfhout, M.H.W., Denissen, J., Branje, S., & Meeus, W. (2009). In the eye of the beholder: Perceived, actual, and peer-rated similarity in personality, communication, and friendship intensity during the acquaintanceship process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1152-1165.

Selfhout, M. (2009). Friendships in adolescence: Me, myself, and you. Germany, Frankfurt: Lambert Academic Publishing. Link

Selfhout, M.H.W., Branje, S., Ter Bogt, T., Delsing, M., & Meeus, W. (2009). Different types of Internet use, depression, and social anxiety: The role of perceived friendship quality. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 819-833.

Selfhout, M.H.W., Branje, S., & Meeus, W. (2009). Developmental trajectories of perceived friendship intimacy, constructive problem solving, and depression from early to late adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 37, 251-264.

Selfhout, M.H.W., Branje, S., Ter Bogt, T., & Meeus, W. (2009). The role of music preferences in the formation and stability of friendships. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 95–107.

Mulder, J., Klugkist, I., van de Schoot, R., Meeus, W., Selfhout, M.H.W., & Hoijtink, H. (2009). Bayesian model selection of informative hypotheses for repeated measurements. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 53, 530-546.


Selfhout, M.H.W., Branje, S., & Meeus, W. (2008). The development of delinquency and perceived friendship quality in friendship pairs. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 471-485. Link

Denissen, J., Geenen, R., Selfhout, M.H.W., & Van Aken, M. (2008). Single-item Big Five ratings in a social network design. European Journal of Personality, 22, 37-54.

Selfhout, M.H.W., Delsing, M., Meeus W., & Ter Bogt, T. (2008). Heavy metal and hip-hop style preferences and externalizing problem behavior: A two-wave longitudinal study. Youth & Society, 39, 435-452.

Selfhout, M.H.W., Branje, S., Raaijmakers, Q., & Meeus, W. (2008). Similarity in adolescent friendships: the role of gender. Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 63, 50-57.

Selfhout, M.H.W., Branje, S., & Meeus, W. (2008). Surfen, chatten en internaliserende problemen: De rol van kwaliteit van vriendschap [Surfing, chatting, and internalizing problems: the role of friendship quality]. Kind en Adolescent, 28, 80-93.

Selfhout, M.H.W., Branje, S., Ter Bogt, T., & Meeus, W. (2008). De rol van muziekvoorkeuren in vriendschappen [The role of music preferences in friendships]. Pedagogiek, 28, 99-113. Link