Chantal Kemner

Prediction session11.30-13.00


Chantal Kemner studied Biological Psychology and obtained her PhD (in 1992) in Utrecht, at the department of Psychopharmacology. Thereafter she worked as a postdoc, and later as senior researcher at the department of Child Psychiatry at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU).  Between 2003 and 2008 she was appointed as a full professor at Maastricht University. Since then she is a full professor of Biological Developmental Psychology in Utrecht at the faculty of Social Sciences and since 2013 also at the Brain Division of the UMCU.  

She studies the development of the social brain, especially the ability to process information present in the face, in autism, and more recently, in infants. Chantal Kemner is scientific director of the Consortium Individual Development, a consortium of Dutch researchers that obtained the prestigious gravitation grant of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), scientific director of the YOUth cohort, and member of the domain board of the NWO division Social Sciences and Humanities. 

Understanding (and ultimately predicting) individual differences in brain development and child behavior 

YOUth is a longitudinal cohort study that focuses on brain, cognitive and behavioral development between pregnancy and adolescence. YOUth is funded through an NWO Gravitation grant to the Consortium Individual Development (CID). The aim of CID is to build a comprehensive model of how developmental differences between children arise as a result of the interplay of child and environmental factors. The focus is on the development of social competence and behavioral control; skills that are essential for functioning in society and for reducing risk of behavioral and emotional problems. YOUth cohort data will be used for filling in crucial knowledge gaps on the role of brain development. In total 6000 children and their mothers and fathers are repeatedly tested using a test battery suited to study the effect of child-related and environmental characteristics on the developing brain. 

Data collection in the YOUth cohort covers a wide range of research areas and instruments (including MRI, EEG, eyetracking, questionnaires, behavioral observations, biological material etc), in a large population with repeated measures, and includes potentially sensitive information on individuals. An environment is being developed for YOUth in which data collection, processing, and storage is based on FAIR data principles while at the same time safeguarding participant anonymity. 

Presentation of Chantal Kemner (PDF)