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.
C.W. Broeks, M.S.V. Choenni, R. Kok, B. van der Voorn, I. de Kruijff, E.L.T. van den Akker, E.F.C. van Rossum, W. Hoogendijk, M.H.J. Hilligers, A.M. Kamperman & M.P. Lambregtse-van den Berg (2021). An exploratory study of perinatal hair cortisol concentrations in mother–infant dyads with severe psychiatric disorders versus healthy controls. Bjpsych Open. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2020.159
L. Dall'Aglio, R.H. Mulder, J. Rijlaarsdam, A. Neumann, J.F. Felix, V.W.V.K. Jaddoe, R. Kok, M. Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.H. van IJzendoorn, H.W. Tiemeier & C.A.M. Cecil (2020). Epigenome-wide associations between observed maternal sensitivity and offspring DNA methylation: a population-based prospective study in children. Psychological Medicine. doi: 10.1017/S0033291720004353
P. Prinzie, V. Over De Vest, W.M. van Eldik, A.D. de Haan, N. Lucassen, R. Kok, M.H.F. Deutz & A.P. Ringoot (2019, maart 7). Differential susceptibility: A longitudinal study of the moderating effect of personality on the relationship between parenting and self-efficacy. Paris, France, International Convention on Psychological Science (ICPS).
R. Kok (2015, maart 14). Normal variation in parental sensitivity in early childhood predicts child brain development. Amsterdam, International Convention for Psychological Science.
R. Kok (2015, augustus 6). Normal variation in parental sensitivity in early childhood predicts child brain development. New York, International Attachment Conference.
R. Kok (2018, april 10). Slachtoffers van partnergeweld: van veerkrachtig tot complex. Stichting Arosa, Eindpresentatie project Arosa.
R. Kok (2017, april 7). Functional implications of experience-dependent brain development. Austin, Texas, USA, Society for Research in Child Development Biennial meeting.
R. Kok (2017, juli 12). The origins of social success: How early life experiences shape social adaptation. Amsterdam, European Conference of Psychology.
R. Kok (2018, december 2). Volksziekte nummer 1? Liegen door kinderen en ouders. MAAS podium, Serious Comedy.
R. Kok (2012, augustus 28). The importance of sensitive parenting in child development. Utrecht, EARLI SIG 5 Learning and development in early childhood.
R. Kok (2012, juli 10). Dopamine-related genes as markers of children’s differential susceptibility to maternal discipline: the role of COMT Val158Met. Edmonton, Canada, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.
R. Kok (2012, juli 9). Maternal discipline mediates the impact of prenatal family stress on child compliance in a large cohort study. Edmonton, Canada, International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.
R. Kok (2011, maart 31). Attachment insecurity predicts active resistance to parental requests. Montréal, Canada, Society for Research in Child Development.
R. Kok (RTV Rijnmond) (2018, nov 30). We weten niet wat liegen voor effect heeft op kinderen. [radio-uitzending]. In firstname.lastname@example.org.
R. Kok (RTV Rijnmond) (2018, apr 10). EUR: slachtoffers huiselijk geweld vaak als kind mishandeld. [radio-uitzending]. In RTV Rijnmond nieuws.
R. Kok. "Do as I say!" Parenting and the biology of child self-regulation. Leiden University ( BoxPress) Prom./coprom.: M.H. Van IJzendoorn, MJ Bakermans-Kranenburg, Prof. Dr. F.C. Verhulst & Dr. H. Tiemeier.
R. Kok (2017). Differential susceptibility to parental educational level: the role of cortisol stress reactivity in child self-regulation. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial meeting: Austin, Texas, USA.
R. Kok (2016). The role of parental sensitivity and child brain volume in the development of prosocial behavior in boys and girls. Biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development: Vilnius, Latvia (2016, juli 12).