PhD Student

Dan Asfar

PhD Student

Room: MF-C569

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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, supervised by Janneke Oostrom, Marise Born, and Mark van Vugt. In my Ph.D. project, I focus on measures of personality and mental ability, and I aim for a better understanding of issues concerning the reliability and validity of test-scores and test-score differences of refugees. Additionally, I am developing an implicit psychological instrument that is suitable for ethnic minorities, to predict study-, work-, and adjustment-related outcomes.

Research interests

In my work, I concentrate on individual differences in personality and cognitive ability, examining the validity of refugees’ test-scores. How can we measure such constructs effectively among refugees to predict study-, work-, and adjustment-related outcomes? Much empirical work has focused on explicit social cognition and intelligence in personnel selection, and I want to contribute to this by developing an implicit personality-based instrument.

Next to my research on the assessment of refugees, I have a broad interest in topics in the social and organizational psychology. I have a particular interest in the strength model of self-regulation: what are the behavioral consequences of the self’s energy resource depletion and regulation at work? I am also interested in the effects of ethnic and gender differences (e.g., in personality) on outcomes in the workplace.

Other activities

Next to my passion for research, I aim to utilize social scientific insights in social settings and 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

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