dr. (Rianne) R Kok

dr. (Rianne) R Kok
Associate professor Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Clinical Child and Family Studies
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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Rianne Kok is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies since March 2015, specialized in clinical child and family studies. She is member of the EUR network Peer Relations Researchers (PRR-EUR).

She graduated at the University of Amsterdam in Clinical Neuropsychology and received her PhD at the Centre for Child and Family Studies at Leiden University. 

Her scientific work bridges a variety of disciplines, including clinical and cognitive psychology, and child and family studies. She endeavours to explore how early social relationships and interactions shape the regulation of cognitive and emotional processes that help one to function according to social norms and standards in society. She is fascinated by the question why some children struggle with self-regulation more so than others, and propose that these regulation differences can be key to explain the intergenerational patterns we observe in psychiatric problems, problem behaviours, but also in socio-economic adversities.

Overall, her work contributes to a better understanding of the social origins of children’s regulation of behaviour, emotions, and cognition. She studies these processes in an ecologically valid way to better understand children’s ability to socially adapt in naturalistic settings. Specific research topics vary from infant emotion regulation, to child inhibition, delay of gratification, and frustration tolerance, to parent and child lying. Rianne Kok specializes in using observational paradigms and coding schemes to study the interaction and (dyadic) regulation of parents and children.

She is involved in two studies on parenting capacities of high-risk mothers in relation to the development of self-regulation capacities of their infants, in collaboration with the Erasmus Medical Center. With the 2016 EUR Fellowship grant she conducts an innovative study on child regulation in social contexts, using direct observations of behavior of children and social partners at home and in schools. With a unique study design and sophisticated observation tools, she studies how social interactions shape regulation in children and determine early school success, in order to provide practical advice for kindergarten teachers on how to guide children in making a successful transition to formal schooling. 

Rianne Kok coordinates courses on Child Behavior- and Learning Problems (Bachelor level), Attunement between caregiving and education contexts (Bachelor level) and Advanced Diagnostics (Master level). Moreover, she is involved in the development and coordination of the academic writing skills curriculum, and supervises BA-level and MA-level students for their internship and thesis.

  • Rianne Kok (2017) - Differential susceptibility to parental educational level: the role of cortisol stress reactivity in child self-regulation

  • Rianne Kok (2013) - "Do as I say!" Parenting and the biology of child self-regulation - Leiden University

  • Rianne Kok (30 October 2019) - Rianne studies lying - NPO 2 radio
  • Rianne Kok (28 October 2019) - Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to know when you lie - Radio Rijnmond
  • Rianne Kok (28 October 2019) - Research about lying: when does lying go too far? - Editie NL
  • Rianne Kok (30 November 2018) - We weten niet wat liegen voor effect heeft op kinderen - RTV Rijnmond
  • Rianne Kok (10 April 2018) - EUR: slachtoffers huiselijk geweld vaak als kind mishandeld - RTV Rijnmond

  • Peter Prinzie, V Over De Vest, W M van Eldik, AD de Haan, Nicole Lucassen, Rianne Kok, Marike Deutz & Ank Ringoot (2019) - Differential susceptibility: A longitudinal study of the moderating effect of personality on the relationship between parenting and self-efficacy - International Convention on Psychological Science (ICPS)
  • Rianne Kok (2015) - Normal variation in parental sensitivity in early childhood predicts child brain development - International Attachment Conference
  • Rianne Kok (2015) - Normal variation in parental sensitivity in early childhood predicts child brain development. - International Convention for Psychological Science
  • Rianne Kok (2012) - The importance of sensitive parenting in child development - EARLI SIG 5 Learning and development in early childhood
  • Rianne Kok (2012) - Dopamine-related genes as markers of children’s differential susceptibility to maternal discipline: the role of COMT Val158Met. - International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
  • Rianne Kok (2012) - Maternal discipline mediates the impact of prenatal family stress on child compliance in a large cohort study. - International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
  • Rianne Kok (2011) - Attachment insecurity predicts active resistance to parental requests. - Society for Research in Child Development

  • Rianne Kok (2018) - Slachtoffers van partnergeweld: van veerkrachtig tot complex - Eindpresentatie project Arosa
  • Rianne Kok (2017) - The origins of social success: How early life experiences shape social adaptation - European Conference of Psychology
  • Rianne Kok (2017) - Functional implications of experience-dependent brain development - Society for Research in Child Development Biennial meeting

  • Rianne Kok (2018) - Tijdschrift voor Orthopedagogiek (Journal)

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