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.

Current president – Loes Keijsers

Affiliation: Research Center Adolescent Development

Utrecht University

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands




Loes Keijsers is assistant professor, who is interested in studying changes in the lives and relationships of teenagers. Together with three PhD-students and two research trainees, she examines how the intrapersonal and interpersonal developmental changes in the lives of adolescents relate to a normal or deviant developmental trajectory. Her articles are published in journals, such as Developmental Psychology (4x), Child Development, and Pediatrics. Her dissertation received two national honors/awards and the Young Scholar award of the European Association of Research on Adolescence.


Research interests: Adolescents and their families; Peer influences; Delinquency, substance use, and externalizing problems; Academic achievement; Teaching; Advanced longitudinal methodology; Academic writing skills; Implement research into practice; Communicating science to policy makers, professionals, and the general public .

President Elect: Pasquale Musso

Affiliation: University of Palermo

Location: Palermo, Italy


Pasquale Musso obtained his master degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology in 2005 and his PhD in Public Relations in 2011 at Palermo University, Italy. His doctoral dissertation focused on development of European identity in childhood and adolescence and its implication in terms of European policy and governance. During the PhD course, he was a visiting student at UCLA working with the group of Prof. P. Bentler on multivariate analysis with latent variables and structural equation modeling, took part in the research group of the European project “Training Citizenship and Intercultural Education: methods and resources for adult learning (Tra.C.I.E.)” funded by European Commission (Lifelong Learning Program, Grundtvig, Multilateral Project) and started his participation in the international research program MIRIPS (Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies), promoted by Prof. J. Berry. From 2005 to 2012 he also worked as psychologist and coordinator of civic youth centres in Palermo. Currently, he is working at the Psychological and Educational Sciences Department at Palermo University and his research interests focus on development of European identity, mutual intercultural relations in a developmental perspective, citizenship and intercultural education and the role of community characteristics in the risk and promotive processes during adolescence.

Past-President – Radosveta Dimitrova

Affiliation: Stockholm University
Location: Stockholm, Sweden


Radosveta Dimitrova is a COFAS Forte Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden. She holds PhD in Developmental Psychology (Trieste University, Italy) and PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology (Tilburg University, the Netherlands received 2012 Dissertation Award of the Society for Research in Child Development, SRCD). Her research interests regard migration, positive youth development, marginalized ethnic minority communities (Roma). She is an Associate Editor of the American Psychological Association (APA), International Psychology Bulletin, ad hoc reviewer of 23 scholarly journals in psychological and related fields, and editor of a book on immigrant families around the globe She is the past President of ERU/EADP and currently active at various committees at SRCD, APA, the Society for the Study of Human Development, European Association for Research on Adolescence, the Society for Research on Adolescence, Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, European Union Network on Romani Studies, Global Network for Human Development.

Research interests: Developmental Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Acculturation, Migration, Identity, Positive Youth Development, Indigenous ethnic minority groups (Roma).

Secretary – Francesca Lionetti

Affiliation: Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Studies, Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology

Location: London, United Kingdom


Francesca Lionetti is a Marie Curie research fellow fellow at Queen Mary University of London (UK). She is currently working at the research project “Environmental Sensitivity to Parenting” (EStoPARENTING), funded by the European Commission with Marie Curie individual fellowship. She is a certified trainer of the Video Feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline procedure (VIPP-SD) and a certified reliable coder of several attachment-based measures. During the Ph.D. she studied how attachment is transmitted in adoptive dyads beyond the biological bonds and the role of attachment on the development of children after early adversities; subsequently she collaborated to a Randomized Control Trial for testing the efficacy of an attachment-based intervention for adopted and post-institutionalized children.


Research interests: Her current research interests include environmental sensitivity, temperament, parenting, theory of attachment, social-emotional development, parenting X temperament interaction and evidence-based programs for promoting positive parenting.

Internal Relations & Communication Officer – Justyna Michalek

Affiliation: University of Warmia and Mazury

Location: Olsztyn, Poland


Justyna Michałek obtained her doctorate at University of Gdańsk, Poland with a dissertation on family factors and personal identity in adolescents from transnational families. Currently, she is working at the Department of Psychology of Development and Education (University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland). Her research focuses on the links between personal identity development and family context. She is also interested in transnational families functioning, from different perspectives: spouses, parents and children. Besides her major research interest, she takes part of different projects about factors affecting early child development.

External Relations & Valorization Officer – Maja Schachner

Affiliation: University of Potsdam, Inclusive Education Group
Location: Potsdam, Germany


Following her studies in the UK, Maja Schachner recently completed her PhD as part of a joint doctorate at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and Tilburg University, Netherlands. In her PhD project she was working on contextual conditions for acculturation and school-related outcomes of early adolescent immigrants in Germany. Since October 2014, she is a postdoc in the Inclusive Education group at the University of Potsdam, where she is focussing on different approaches to dealing with cultural diversity in the school context and their associations with student outcomes. As ERU Officer for External Relations and Valorisation and National Representative Germany, her main goal is to create stronger links and facilitate the exchange between researchers, practitioners and policy makers in Germany and Europe.

Research interests: Her main research interests are acculturation, ethnic identity, school adjustment of immigrant youth as well as school climate and interethnic relations in ethnically heterogeneous schools.