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Assistant Professor

Gijs Bijlstra received his PhD from Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Currently, he is working as assistant professor at the same university at the Behaviour Change and Well-Being department. His research focuses on intergroup processes, such as discrimination and prejudice reduction.

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Assistant Professor

Ruddy Faure received his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2021. He is currently working as an assistant professor in social and organizational psychology at the Behavioral Science Institute, at Radboud University Nijmegen. In his research, Ruddy focuses on the role of automatic processes in close relationships and in interpersonal contexts more broadly, in an effort to better understand and improve how people navigate their social environment.

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Assistant Professor

Tessa Lansu obtained her PhD in 2012 (Cum Laude) at the department of Developmental Psychology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, and currently is an assistant professor there. Her work examines to what extent implicit/automatic processes play a role in in children’s and adolescents’ peer relations. More specifically, how they play a role in social status among peers, victimization, social (status) goals and beliefs, hostile perceptions, aggressive behavior and bullying in the classroom.

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Behavioral Scientist & Lecturer

Martijn currently identifies as a behavioural scientist, although originally schooled as an experimental social psychologist. During his PhD-research with Ad van Knippenberg, he studied attentional processes and processing of information in combination with different motivational states, requiring micro-level, response latency-type studies. Finishing his PhD-thesis, he changed directions. Together with Rick van Baaren, Martijn developed and founded the Behaviour Change programme in 2008, which he still chairs today. Next to the work on Behaviour Change that follows from this programme, he lectures on Intergroup Relations, with a focus on why it remains so difficult to change the status quo with regards to intergroup disparities.

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Lecturer, Supervisor, & Coordinator of Education

Elkie is born and raised in the Netherlands and is working as a coordinator of the Bachelor 1 programme and Skills education for Psychology at RU. Elkie is involved in recruitment, selection and supervision of teachers at Psychology, and is responsible for several courses regarding training professional, academic and professional skills. She recently started a minor research appointment. Her research interests lie in diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in the organisational field.

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PhD Candidate

Hannah is a PhD student in the Social Development Group at the Behavioural Science Institute. She is from Germany but has completed her Bachelor Psychology and Research Master Behavioural Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her current research focusses on attitudes of children towards their classmates. Furthermore, Hannah is interested in open science practices, meta-science and methodology.

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PhD Candidate

Max is a PhD student. Originally from Germany, he completed his Bachelor's in Psychology and a Research Master's in Behavioural Science at Radboud University, the Netherlands. In his PhD project he focusses on the role of social norms in prejudice reduction. He strongly values Open Science and is involved in multiple meta-science and methodological research projects. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Translation and Cultural Diversity at the Psychological Science Accelerator.

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PhD Candidate

Tjits van Lent is a PhD Candidate at the department Behaviour Change and Well-Being of the Radboud University. In her PhD, she is interested in how people learn from each other when interacting with people from different social groups. More specifically, she aims to examine the interplay between prejudice and instrumental learning. To target prejudice, it is important to understand the learning processes that contribute to prejudiced responses. She investigates questions such as: How does prejudice influence instrumental learning? And how does instrumental learning in turn affect prejudice? In her PhD, she works under the supervision of dr. Gijs Bijlstra, dr. Harm Veling, dr. Erik Bijleveld and prof. dr. Rob Holland.

Her research interests lie in intergroup relations, prejudice & stereotypes, dishonest behaviour and behaviour change. Together with dr. Gijs Bijlstra and dr. Thijs Verwijmeren, she additionally works on a research project on dishonest collaboration in an intergroup context.

In addition to her research, she teaches in the Master’s specialisation Behaviour Change and she is a member of the ASPO board (Dutch Association of Social Psychological Research).


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PhD Candidate

Tobi is from Germany and came to the Netherlands for the Research Master Behavioral Science at Radboud University. Thereafter, he spent a year working as an applied behavioral scientist. Now, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, where he studies ethnic discrimination in the labour market. His research focuses on underlying mechanisms of prejudced behavior in organizations. Specifically, he investigates the role of biased information-processing and the influence of the organizational climate and colleagues‘ attitudes in this context, with the goal to develop interventions and turn research findings into policy advice. His general research interests are centered around behavior change, cognitive biases, and social influence. 

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PhD Candidate

Afreen Khalid is a PhD candidate working with Gijs Bijlstra and Rob Holland at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University, where she also did her Research Master's. Her PhD project aims to gain insights into sustainable behavior change with regard to prejudice, discrimination, and designing and testing interventions in both lab and field settings. More broadly, her research interests include prosocial behavior, empathy, intergroup conflict, bias, altruism, and inequality. She is also passionate about open science, reproducibility, improving statistical practices, and the philosophy of science.

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PhD Candidate

Joël is from the Netherlands and is a PhD candidate at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University. Her research interests lie in media psychology, entertainment media, narratives, diversity and inclusion, and openness towards minorities. Her current project focuses on how media narratives, such as films and TV series, can influence people’s openness towards the LGBTQ+ community. Joël also teaches within the Communication Science programme at Radboud University. 

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