SAFESORRY is a research project funded by the European Research Council that seeks to understand parenting in a changing social world.

With a diverse team of researchers, we aim to better comprehend how the societal, cultural, economic and historical context shapes the way parents educate their children. On this website, you can read a summary of some of our main results and download publications, or you can subscribe for our if you wish to remain informed. If you have questions, feel free to contact us. Vous pouvez lire ce site-web en français aussi.

ULB team

international team

former team members

ULB team

Stijn Van Petegem

Stijn Van Petegem
Principal investigator
Université libre de Bruxelles
Belgium
 

Stijn obtained a PhD at Ghent University (Belgium), then spent five years of postdoc at Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), studying the psychological dynamics involved in adolescent autonomy and parental control, and more generally the question how parents may foster children’s flourishing and resilience. Today, he works as an FNRS Research Associate at ULB, where he particularly attempts to look into the broader picture of parenting, seeking to understand whether and how the societal, cultural, political and historical context shapes the way parents raise their children.

Bénédicte Mouton

Bénédicte Mouton
Postdoctoral researcher
Université libre de Bruxelles
Belgium

Bénédicte obtained a PhD in psychology at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), then spent two years of postdoc at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), studying parental cognitions, and more specifically how parental negative attributions on their child's misbehavior impact parenting and child behavior. She also has a master in political sciences and European studies. Today, her research focuses on overprotective parenting. As a psychologist, she also has a private clinical practice for parents.

Cindy Eira Nunes

Cindy Eira Nunes
Postdoctoral researcher
Université libre de Bruxelles
Belgium

Cindy is a postdoctoral researcher on the SAFE-SORRY project. She focuses her research on overprotective parenting and the associated family dynamics. She obtained a PhD in psychology at Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), where she studied parent couples seeking therapy, and more specifically, the importance of the coparenting relationship in couple therapy for parents.

Elliana Lamprianidou

Elliana (Elli-Anastasia) Lamprianidou
Doctoral researcher
Université libre de Bruxelles
Belgium

Elliana is a doctoral researcher on the SAFE-SORRY project. After completing her undergraduate studies in psychology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), she moved to Belgium and obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychopathology at Université Libre de Bruxelles. Interested in gender questions and intersectionality, she seeks to study parenting from a gender perspective that takes into consideration the wider social and cultural milieu, as well as the increased pressures put on contemporary parents – and especially mothers.

Kate Gibb

Kate (Katherine) Gibb 
Doctoral researcher
Université libre de Bruxelles 
Belgium 

Kate is a doctoral researcher as part of the SAFE-SORRY project. Before joining the SAFE-SORRY team at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Kate completed an undergraduate degree from McGill University (Canada) and a graduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). Her master’s thesis focussed on parents' cultural beliefs and developmental assumptions about their children’s play. In her current research, she combines insights from interdisciplinary fields to examine the determinants of overprotective parenting. She has a particular interest in the influence of the economic context in shaping this type of parenting as well as the individual factors, such as the personality of the parent, which explain individual variations in parental behaviour. 
 

Louise Mathijs

Louise Mathijs
Doctoral Researcher
Université libre de Bruxelles 
Belgium 

Following her collaboration with the SAFE SORRY team as a research visitor, Louise Mathijs was granted a scholarship from the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) which enables her to carry out her doctoral project at the Université libre de Bruxelles. In her doctoral work, she will implement a parenting program developed by the American Psychological Association called ACT Raising Safe Kids, in Belgium. Before joining the SAFE SORRY team, Louise completed her master's in psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and her bachelor's in the United States.

Fabiana Gatti Fernandes

Fabiana Gatti Fernandes
Research Intern
Université libre de Bruxelles

Fabiana Gatti Fernandes is a research intern and first-year master’s degree student in psychology with a focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology. She is particularly interested in social and cultural aspects related to parenting and is focusing her master's thesis on these topics.

international team

Tamar Burduli

Tamar Burduli
Local Project Assistant (Georgia)
Ilia State University
Georgia

Tamar Burduli has over ten years of experience working on social and economic research in Georgia. Tamar has a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Ilia State University. Her master’s thesis concerned the relationship between the views on autonomous parenting and personal values. Tamar’s main research interests include parenting, identity formation, sexual behavior, and marginalization.

Frederik De Spiegeleer

Frederik De Spiegeleer
Local Project Assistant (Belgium)
Ghent University
Belgium

Frederik is a scientific collaborator within the SAFE-SORRY project and is responsible for the Flemish data collection. He obtained his master's degree in experimental psychology (Magna Cum Laude) at Ghent University (Belgium). His master's thesis focused on the computational modeling of decision-making and learning (i.e., reinforcement learning). During his master's degree, he also completed an internship at the Sapienza University of Rome in the field of time and numerosity perception.

Terese Glatz

Terese Glatz
Local project supervisor (Sweden)
Örebro University
Sweden


Terese has a PhD in Psychology from Örebro University and is doing research on parenting and parent-child relationships. Specifically, over the last 10 years, she has published studies on parents’ self-efficacy, focusing on what explain differences between parents in their perceived influence and how this impacts their parenting practices. Additionally, she is doing research on parents’ ways of dealing with their children’s Internet use, as well as on parents’ own use of the Internet and social media.

Filippa Klint

Filippa Klint
Local Project Assistant (Sweden)
Örebro University
Sweden

Filippa is a research assistant at Örebro University. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Uppsala University and her master thesis focused on methods to conduct and analyze interviews with children with autism. Her particular research interests are about and for people with disabilities.

Lyda Lannegrand

Lyda Lannegrand
Local project supervisor (France)
University of Bordeaux
France

Lyda Lannegrand is a Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Bordeaux in France. Her research interests are in psychosocial and socioemotional development in adolescence and emerging adulthood with a particular focus on parent-child relationships, identity development and psychosocial adjustment.

Ida Mirkovic Knaus

Ida Mirkovic Knaus
Local project assistant (Croatia)
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Ida is as a local project assistant at the Department of Social Work (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia), where she also obtained her master's degree in social work. Her master's thesis focused on siblings of people with rare diseases, and during her graduate studies, she also worked on research concerning adolescent mental health. Her main research interests include various psychosocial aspects surrounding families faced with rare diseases.

Simon Pineau

Simon Pineau
Local project assistant (France)
University of Bordeaux
France

Simon Pineau is a PhD student in psychology at the University of Bordeaux. His thesis is about adolescents’ vocational identity, emotion regulation and relationship with parents and teachers at the time of transition from high school to higher studies.

Geertjan Overbeek

Geertjan Overbeek
Local project supervisor (Netherlands)
University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

Geertjan Overbeek is a full professor in preventive youth care at the Research Institute Child Development and Education at University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on parent and peer influences in the development of children and adolescents. His particular research interests are with parent-child interactions and how these predict social-emotional development over time, and on the effect of parenting and peer interventions aimed at stimulating positive and healthy development in youths.

Cyrille Perchec

Cyrille Perchec
Local project supervisor (France)
University of Bordeaux
France

Cyrille Perchec  is an Assistant Professor of developmental and educational psychology at the University of Bordeaux in France. His major research interests focus on psychosocial and socioemotional development in adolescence, with a particular emphasis on the role of parenting and family relationships in adolescent development. His work is notably based on the dynamic systems approach, with a particular focus on the role of intra-individual variability in human development.

Vanessa Pina Brito

Vanessa Pina Brito
Local project assistant (Switzerland)
University of Lausanne
Switzerland

Vanessa is a local project assistant at the Centre for Research on Family and Development (FADO) at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. During her last year of her master's degree in child and adolescent psychology, she worked as a graduate assistant on the team and participated in projects on parental overprotection. She is particularly interested in the impact of life experiences on the development of children and adolescents, which is why she favors working with youth and families.

Nino Skhirtladze

Nino Skhirtladze
Local project supervisor (Georgia)
Ilia State University
Georgia

Nino Skhirtladze is an assistant professor at the Ilia State University, Georgia. Her research interests include identity development, parenting practices, motivation, and culture.

Bart Soenens

Bart Soenens
Local project supervisor (Flanders)
Ghent University
Belgium

Bart is a full professor at the Department of Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychology at Ghent University (Belgium). His main research interests include parent-child relationships and the role of parenting in children’s psychosocial adjustment. Much of his research is inspired by self-determination theory and he has examined the role of parenting in diverse developmental outcomes, including emotion regulation, identity formation, and personality development. He studies parent-child relationships from a dynamic and transactional viewpoint, thereby attending to underlying mechanisms explaining parent-to-child and child-to-parent effects.

Annalisa Soncini

Annalisa Soncini
Local project assistant (Italy)
University of Ferrara
Italy

Annalisa obtained a joint PhD in Psychology at the University of Bologna (Italy) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ferrara. Her research interests concern environmental and social variables that influence the learning process, teacher-student relationships and teaching practices, as well as teachers' professional development and well-being.

Spyridon Tantaros

Spyridon Tantaros
Local project supervisor (Greece)
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Greece

Spyridon Tantaros is Professor of Developmental Psychology, Chair of the Department of Psychology of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research interests deal with the study of emotional and cognitive development of children, adolescents and emerging adults, as well as the relations of parenting and parental behavior with identity formation.

He has published several articles in international and Greek scientific journals and has edited several books published in Greek. He was a member of the Organizing and Scientific Committees of many national and international conferences and the Chair of the 19th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. He was the Chair the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Psychological Society and a member of several Associations on Developmental Psychology.

Ana Tokić Milaković

Ana Tokić Milaković
Local project supervisor (Croatia)
University of Zagreb
Croatia

Ana is an assistant professor at the Department of Social Work (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia), where she teaches the courses "Introduction to Psychology" and "Social Psychology". She obtained her PhD at the Department of Psychology (University of Zagreb), and she deals with the topics of family relations, with a specific interest in parenting, parent-child relationships and disclosure processes during adolescence.

Jolene Van der Kaap-Deeder

Jolene Van der Kaap-Deeder
Local project supervisor (Norway)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Norway



Jolene obtained her PhD and completed a 2-year postdoc at Ghent University (Belgium), focusing on how the social context (e.g., parents) can foster or thwart individuals’ basic psychological needs as stated within the Self-Determination Theory and how this relates to individuals’ well-being, motivation, and emotion regulation. In 2020, Jolene started working as an Associate Professor (tenure-track) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), studying the proactive role young adults can play in shaping their emotional experiences and how this can be fostered by parents, thereby also relying on longitudinal data from the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS) .

Gaëlle Venard

Gaëlle Venard
Doctoral-Assistant (Switzerland)
University of Lausanne
Switzerland

Gaëlle is a doctoral-assistant with the Family and Development Research Center at the University of Lausanne. After finishing her master's in Clinical and Psychopathology at the University of Lausanne, she worked as a researcher as part of the project « Be careful my child » led by Dr. Stijn Van Petegem. Supervised by Prof. Grégoire Zimmermann and Dr. Stijn Van Petegem, she is carrying out her thesis on parenting from the perspective of gender.

Emilio Visintin

Emilio Visintin
Local project supervisor (Italy)
University of Ferrara
Italy

Emilio obtained a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Padova, and then spent six years as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne. He is currently Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Ferrara. In his research he investigates the effectiveness of prejudice reduction strategies based on intergroup contact and cooperative learning, contextual determinants of intergroup attitudes such as ethnic and cultural diversity and social norms, and strategies to foster pro-environmental behavior.

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck
Local project supervisor (Australia)
Griffith University
Australia

Melanie is a developmental psychologist and Professor in Applied Psychology and the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland at Griffith University in Australia. Her research interests include child and adolescent family and other interpersonal relationships; developmental psychopathology; stress and the development of coping, emotion and regulation; appearance and appearance-related concerns; and sexual behaviour. She has published more than 250 articles, books, and book chapters and she is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Development. 

Grégoire Zimmerman

Grégoire Zimmermann
Local project supervisor (Switzerland)
University of Lausanne
Switzerland

Grégoire is a Professor of Adolescent Psychology at the FAmily and DevelOpment research center (FADO) of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. His research interests include adolescent/young adults family relationships; parenting ; identity formation ; and risk-taking. Today, he tries to integrate more systemic, inter-disciplinary and macro-contextual psychology to better understand and adress the numerous young people’s challenges in the transitions to adulthood in an era of uncertainty. At the same time, he questions the neo-liberal ever-increasing demands of academic life and advocates for the movement of 'slow-science'.

former team members

Sandy Domingues

Sandy Domingues
Research intern
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Belgium

Sandy worked as a research intern with the SAFE SORRY team in 2022 during her first-year master’s degree student in psychology with a focus on Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology. Her research interests include the family, especially the different styles of parenting within families and mental health aspects. 
 

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