Assistant professor

Jellie Sierksma

Assistant professor



Jellie Sierksma is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology at the VU Amsterdam. Her research focuses on children’s prosocial behavior and the development of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination. She studies these topics taking an interdisciplinary approach, combining insights from developmental, social, and educational psychology and by using experimental- and survey-methods.

Jellie obtained her Master degree in social psychology in 2010 (UVA; cum laude) and a PhD in social development in 2015 (University of Utrecht). She then obtained a grant to work as a post-doc at the Radboud University Nijmegen for 2 years, followed by a 2-year Rubicon-fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA. In 2019 she was awarded a Veni-grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Research interests

Social development, prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, prosocial behavior, moral development, intergroup relations, social cognition


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