PhD Student

Dan Asfar

PhD Student

Room: MF-B557

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After completing both a bachelor and a research master in psychology at the VU Amsterdam, I started here with a Ph.D. on the psychological assessment of refugees. In my Ph.D. project, I focus on the usefulness and validity of psychological instruments among refugees. In addition to examining the validity of existing psychological instruments, I am developing an implicit test to predict study-, work-, and adjustment-related outcomes of refugees.

Research interests

In my work, I mostly concentrate on individual differences in personality and cognitive ability, examining the validity of refugees’ test-scores. How can these constructs be measured effectively among refugees to predict study-, work-, and adjustment-related outcomes? Are there population mean-level differences in test-scores, and if so, what do such differences mean? Much empirical work has focused on explicit social cognition in personnel selection, and I want to contribute to this by developing an implicit personality-based instrument to address limitations of self-report instruments.

Other activities

Next to my passion for research, I aim to utilize scientific insights in organizations. As a consultant at the NOA – an organization that concentrates on psychological research and consultancy, and that financed my project – I advise and train clients in psychological assessments.


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Recent publications

D Asfar, MP Born, JK Oostrom & M van Vugt (2019) Psychological individual differences as predictors of refugees’ local language proficiency. European Journal of Social Psychology 49 (7), 1385-1400
D Asfar, MP Born, J Oostrom & M van Vugt (2019) Measuring honesty-humility using a partially structured attitude measure. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)
D Asfar, MP Born, J Oostrom & M van Vugt (2018) The CRT-SC: Development of an implicit instrument to assess self-control.

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