ERU Board

The ERU Board is chaired by the President, the President-Elect, the Past-President, the Secretary, the Officer for Internal Relations & Communication, and the Officer for External Relations. In addition to the Board members, ERU consists of approximately 30 national representatives in their respective countries across Europe. There are specific tasks and responsibilities for all ERU Board members, but it is also our vision that ERU members work together as a union in sharing our tasks and exchanging experience.


Read more about the ERU board below.

President – Stefanos Mastrotheodoros

Stefanos Mastrotheodoros holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology (2015) from the University of Athens, Greece, and a second PhD in Developmental Psychology (2020) from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Currently, he works as a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, studying adolescent development and family relationships during adolescence. He is interested in applying longitudinal analytical models as well as integrating biological approaches to investigate human development. Additionally, he has gained considerable experience in conducting research on native and immigrant adolescent development investigating identity processes in minority youth. Stefanos has also worked with research projects funded by the EU.

Past president – Maja Schachner

Maja K. Schachner is a full professor for Educational Psychology with an Emphasis on Socialization and Culture at Martin Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Her main research interests include approaches to cultural diversity in schools, teacher diversity beliefs and teacher training at university, as well as intercultural relations and acculturation amongst youth living in multicultural societies. She has published widely in this area and is the recipient of the 2015 George Butterworth Young Scientist Award of the EADP and the 2017 Early Career Award of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.

President-elect – Lysanne te Brinke

Lysanne te Brinke is a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is interested in how adolescents navigate complex societal challenges (i.e., social inequality crisis, climate crisis, covid-19 crisis). Her work focuses on prosocial behavior, antisocial behavior, and (micro-)interventions. Currently, she is leading an intervention study, in which she aims to examine how changes in emotional reactivity during adolescence result in opportunities for prosocial behavior, such as increases in societal contributions. She is also the co-founder of a youth participation platform (called YoungXperts) and an advocate of citizen science. In her work, she aims to include the voices and creative ideas of adolescents. Moreover, she examines how innovative approaches (i.e., living labs) can foster the implementation of scientific findings.

Secretary – Jessie Hillekens

Jessie Hillekens is a doctoral researcher at the Center of Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Her dissertation develops a social-developmental approach of acculturation processes and their interplay with the sociocultural environment. She is specializing in how the school and peer context shape adolescents’ acculturation orientations over time and how these changes are related to adolescents’ school adjustment.

External Communication Officer – Tuğçe Aral

Tuğçe Aral is a doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Inclusive Education department at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her main research interests center around ethnic-racial socialization, migration, ethnic identity development, and intergroup relations. In her dissertation, she focuses on the role of family and school ethnic-racial socialization in youth's identity development and intergroup relation. She is also skilled in conducting intervention studies (e.g., Positive Youth Development and self-affirmation interventions) and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Internal Communication Officer – Chiara Ceccon

Chiara Ceccon is a PhD candidate at the University of Padova, Italy. Her research focuses on the role played by individual, contextual and cultural factors in relation to mental health and social inclusion of youth with a migration background and of underrepresented populations. She is currently involved in the cultural adaptation of a school-based intervention designed to promote adolescents’ ethnic identity formation to the Italian context. She is also interested in investigating the role of environmental sensitivity in shaping adolescents’ responses to psychosocial interventions, and the correlates of psychological adjustment in young adult asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors from a Positive Youth Development perspective.

Event and Secretary support – Ana Catarina Canário

Ana Catarina Canário (secretary and event support) is a Researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Science of the University of Porto, and an Integrated Research Member at the Center for Psychology at University of Porto, where she previously developed research activities as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is the Principal Investigator and the Co-Principal Investigator of two funded research projects, addressing the evaluation of evidence-based parenting interventions’ efficacy and effectiveness. She is also an accredited provider of evidence-based parenting interventions. Her research is mostly developed in the areas of development, health and community psychology. Her interests regard the fields of children’s health and development, evidence-based parenting interventions, family support, prevention science, implementation science, translational research, quality standards in the evaluation of evidence-based interventions, and advanced quantitative methods and data analysis.

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