After obtaining Master-of-Science-degrees in Sociology (2008) and Pedagogical and Educational Sciences (2011), dr. Daphne van de Bongardt received her Ph.D. degree (2015) at Utrecht University for her doctoral dissertation entitled “Developing adolescent sexuality in context: Relations with parents and peers”. Her Ph.D. research project was part of the first large-scale longitudinal study on adolescent relational and sexual development in the Netherlands (Project STARS; funded by NWO). In this project, she investigated how adolescents develop their sexuality (behaviors, cognitions, emotions) in the context of relations with parents and peers.
Her current research line reflects her multi-disciplinary background, and focuses on biopsychosocial correlates of normative//risky//positive aspects of developmental patterns in adolescents' and young adults' romantic relations and sexuality, with a strong focus on different social contexts (i.e., families, peer relations, schools, media). In her studies, she utilizes multiple quantitative and qualitative research methods (e.g., longitudinal questionnaires, daily diaries, video-observations of dyadic interactions, semi-structured in-depth interviews, speed-dating, meta-analysis).
Besides research, she teaches (in Problem/Based Learning) a Practical on Interviewing skills (BA-2) and a Block on Child and Media (MA), and supervises research internships and theses. She also regularly engages in media and broad audience activities (e.g., Universiteit van Nederland, Professors on Stage, KennisCafé).
In 2017, she received a prestigious *Veni-grant *from NWO for her research project entitled “Lovely sex or sexy love?” In this new project, to be conducted in the next four years, she will investigate how relational and sexual developments are intertwined; within individuals (across time) *and *within young romantic couples.
Since 2018, she is a General Board Member & the Chair of the Chamber of Science of the Dutch Scientific Society for Sexology (NVVS). She also serves as Liaison Officer between the Dutch Scientific Society for Sexology (NVVS) and the European Federation of Sexology (EFS). As such, she aims to further bridge existing gaps between scientific sexological research and clinical sexological practice.