Evelien Broekhof

Postdoctoral researcher


Evelien Broekhof is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology of Leiden University, The Netherlands. From 2018-2020 she was postdoctoral researcher of Educational Science at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



I was born and raised in Noordwijkerhout, a town in the west of the Netherlands and in the heart of the flower bulb region. I obtained my research master’s degree in developmental psychology at Leiden University. In 2014, I started my PhD research project at the same university in the Focus on Emotions lab, which is now nearly finished.


Areas of expertise

Social-emotional functioning, child development



The objective of my PhD research was to understand how self-conscious emotions (i.e., shame, guilt) and social access influence the development of aggression in adolescents. The project longitudinally examined the relations between self-conscious emotions and aggression in typically developing adolescents, and in two groups with less access to the social world:  adolescents with hearing loss and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder.
My research interests concern factors, such as wonder, that (might) contribute to moral development. In the wonderful education project, I will be involved  in developing a new instrument to map how children experience wonder (the Wonder Chart – project 3) and in examining the connection between wonder and human flourishing (project 5).


Selected publications

⦁ Broekhof, E., Bos, M. G. N., Camodeca, M., & Rieffe, C. (2018). Longitudinal associations between bullying and emotions in deaf and hard of hearing adolescents. The journal of deaf studies and deaf education, 23 (1), 17-27. doi: 10.1093/deafed/enx036.
⦁ Broekhof, E., Kouwenberg, M., Oosterveld, P., Frijns, J. H. M., & Rieffe, C. (2017). Use of the brief shame and guilt questionnaire in deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents, Assessment. doi: 10.1177/1073191117725169
⦁ Broekhof, E., Ketelaar, L., van Zijp, A., Stockmann, L., Bos, M. G. N., & Rieffe. C. (2015). The understanding of intentions, desires, and beliefs in young children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 45, 2035-2045. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2363-3
⦁ Rieffe, C., Broekhof, E., Kouwenberg, M., Faber, J., Tsutsui, M., & Gurogly, B. (2016). Disentangling proactive and reactive aggression in children using self-report. European journal of developmental psychology, 13(4), 439-451. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2015.1109506