The University of Stockholm

Stockholm University

PI: Prof. Lars Bergman

The department of psychology, Stockholm University is the second largest department at the university with about 150 employees and about 1000 students. Its educational program covers the whole range of trainings in psychology, including undergraduate courses, master program, doctoral program, and training of students to become licensed psychologists. The department is divided into six divisions with Lars Bergman being the head of the division for personality, social, and developmental psychology. Of relevance to the network is also the collaboration with the division for work and organizational psychology, led by Magnus Sverke (the study of the vocational and educational career) and the division for biological psychology, led by Håkan Fischer (the study of work-related stress). Lars Bergman has also initiated an international summer institute on developmental science (DSI) that has been held almost every year since 1998. The institute has offered an international network for advanced pre docs and post docs as well as faculty. Involved parties are the Centre for Developmental Science at Chapel Hill, UNC, the Stockholm Laboratory for Developmental Science the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Helsinki, the University of Örebro, various departments at Penn State, as well as the Centre for Applied Developmental Science at the University of Jena. The idea of the institute is to train young researchers in developmental science from a cross-disciplinary perspective, including developmental psychology, biology, behavioural genetics, and aspects of medicine. Both substantive and methodological topics have been included. Some young researchers from the Institute would be included in the network. Examples of the department´s (mostly Lars Bergman´s) international collaborations of importance for the network are developmental studies of friendship together with Katariina Salmela-Aro, University of Helsinki and Brett Laursen, Florida Atlantic University, studies of the long-term importance of early skills with Greg Duncan, University of California, and methodological studies of developmental patterns together with Jari-Erik Nurmi, University of Jyväskylä and Alexander von Eye, Michigan State University and of the interpretation of correlations with Andras Vargha, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.