dr. (Suzanne) SW van de Groep


Suzanne van de Groep is an assistant professor at the department of Psychology, Education, and Child Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam and affiliated with the Erasmus SYNC Lab. Her research mainly focuses on the behavioral and neural development of prosocial behaviors in adolescence.

Prosocial behaviors (i.e., behaviors that benefit others) such as giving, cooperating, and helping are essential for forming and maintaining social relationships, which is an important developmental goal in adolescence. Suzanne’s work specifically focuses on the development of different types of prosocial behaviors, and how this is shaped by social contexts and individual differences. Her most recent endeavors include the investigation of social temporal discounting, online prosocial behaviors, longitudinal brain development within individuals related to giving, as well as adolescents’ wellbeing.

Suzanne has a background in developmental psychology and completed her research masters in Leiden in 2016 (cum laude). During her PhD, Suzanne has played a large role in setting up an ERC consolidator project called ‘Brainlinks’, a longitudinal three-wave fMRI study in which 142 adolescents and their parents were followed over the course of several years. To gain a better understanding of prosocial development, this project includes fMRI tasks, experimental tasks, questionnaires, hormone data, and daily diaries (see Projects for a video on the Brainlinks project). In February 2022, she defended her PhD dissertation called ‘Growing in Generosity? Unraveling the effects of benefactor-, beneficiary-, and situational characteristics on the development of giving and its neural correlates in adolescence’, which was supervised by Prof. Eveline Crone and Dr. Kiki Zanolie. After her PhD, she did a 9-month postdoc at the Erasmus SYNC lab to extend her fundamental developmental neuroscience research with citizen science projects and a broader perspective on how adolescents’ role in society shapes their social behavior and wellbeing.

Apart from gaining a better understanding of prosocial development, Suzanne has a passion for connecting science and society, for example through science communication and citizen science projects, as well as mentoring, talent development, and recognition and rewards in academia.

Suzanne was awarded several grants and prizes, including a grant to visit UCLA during her PhD, two EGSH PhD Excellence Awards (best societal impact and best poster), a DPECS Dragon’s Den seed fund, and a NWA Science Communication Grant (together with her YoungXperts colleagues).

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Assistant professor | Clinical Psychology
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep (2019) - Flux Society (External organisation)
  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep (2019) - Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior (L.A.)

  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep, EAM (Eveline) Crone, LW (Lysanne) te Brinke, KH (Kayla) Green, LWP (Renske) van der Cruijsen & FQ (Fabienne) van Rossenberg (2022) - NWA Science Communication Grant: Youth participation as a way to deal with a triple crisis
  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep (2021) - Best Poster Award 2020
  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep & LWP (Renske) van der Cruijsen (2021) - Best Societal Impact 2020
  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep & TJ (Thabo) van Woudenberg (2021) - Dragon's Den Seed Fund
  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep, EAM (Eveline) Crone & LWP (Renske) van der Cruijsen (2020) - Financial Impulse NWA Jongerenchallenge
  • SW (Suzanne) van de Groep (2019) - Leiden University Fund Study Trip Grant

News regarding dr. (Suzanne) SW van de Groep

YoungXperts overhandigt manifest aan docenten en studenten Albeda

Eveline Crone heeft een manifest over kansongelijkheid in het onderwijs overhandigd aan College van Bestuur en docenten Albeda

Erasmus Initiatief YoungXperts ontvangt Open Science Award uit handen van minister Dijkgraaf

Op het Netherlands Open Science Festival ontving Erasmus SYNC Lab een Open Science Award voor hun initiatief YoungXperts, een jongerenplatform en living lab.

Jongeren blijken bijzonder gulle gevers

Jongeren delen makkelijk uit, blijkt uit promotieonderzoek van Suzanne van de Groep. Ook in situaties waarin dit hen niet direct iets oplevert.

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