ERU Board

The ERU Board is chaired by the President, the President-Elect, the Past-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Officer for Internal Relations & Communication, and the Officer for External Relations & Valorisation. 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 – Maja Schachner

Maja Schachner completed a joint doctorate at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and Tilburg University, Netherlands. She is now a postdoc in the Inclusive Education group at the University of Potsdam, as well as a post-doctoral fellow in the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (funded by Jacobs Foundation, the Leibniz Society and the German Federal Ministry of Education). In her work she is currently focusing on different approaches to dealing with cultural diversity in the school context and their associations with student outcomes. She is the recipient of the 2015 George Butterworth Young Scientist Award of the EADP as well as the 2017 Early Career Award of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. Her main research interests are acculturation, ethnic identity, school adjustment of immigrant youth as well as school climate and interethnic relations in ethnically diverse schools.

Past president – Pasquale Musso

Pasquale Musso holds a PhD in Public Relations from the University of Palermo, Italy, where he specialised in the study social development as well as in multivariate analysis and structural equation modelling. Currently, he is a research fellow and teaching assistant at the same university. He has ongoing participations in several research projects across a number of European and non-European countries. His research interests focus on the social development of adolescents and emerging adults, with a specific attention to what promotes positive development, acculturation processes, socio-psychological adaptation, and mutual intercultural relations. Due to his firm belief in the necessity to promote the matching between theory and practice, he is also involved in coordinating different intervention projects aimed at promoting intercultural relations as well as at contrasting dropout phenomena.

President-elect – Stefanos Mastrotheodoros

Stefanos Mastrotheodoros holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Athens, Greece. Currently, he works as a doctoral researcher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, doing a second PhD on family relationships during adolescence and the determinants of parenting. He is interested in applying longitudinal analytical models to investigate human development. He has gained considerable experience in conducting research on native and immigrant adolescent development, and has worked, among others, with research projects funded by the EU. He is a member of the European Commission-Council of Europe partnership think-tank “Pool of European Youth Researchers”.

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 – Marta Miklikowska

Marta Miklikowska holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Currently, she is based at Umeå University, Sweden, where she does research on inter-ethnic relations. She has published articles on the development of attitudes towards immigrants (tolerance/prejudice), cross-ethnic friendships, and empathy as well as on the role of social contexts (family, friends, and school) in adolescent development in times of diversity. Her work has been published in high-ranked journals such as Developmental Psychology (2x) and British Journal of Psychology (2x). Together with her research team, she has attracted research funding of 27 mln sek for the study of inter-ethnic relations. In addition, Marta is a clinical psychologist and a co-founder of a non-profit youth organisation.

Internal Communication Officer – Lysanne te Brinke

Lysanne te Brinke is currently finishing her doctorate degree at the department of developmental psychology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her thesis focuses on disentangling cognitive and behavioral components of emotion regulation treatment for adolescents with aggressive behavior problems. She enjoys to combine applied (intervention) research with fundamental research, and has published articles on emotion regulation, intervention effectiveness, and bidirectional associations between parenting and externalizing behavior. 

Event and Secretary support – Pablo Carrera

Pablo Carrera is currently finishing his PhD on socio-emotional and cognitive development of children in foster care at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. He focuses on the effects of early adversity on children’s development, typical and atypical socio-emotional and cognitive development, and child protection. He has participated in several research projects on international adoption, residential care, and foster care in Spain. He is also an accredited supervisor of the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up intervention from the University of Delaware (USA).

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