Curriculum Vitae

Laura Baams, Ph.D.

EDUCATION

Ph.D.           2015, Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Dissertation: Blooming sexuality: A biopsychosocial perspective on adolescent romantic and sexual development.

M.Sc.           2009, with merits, Research Master Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Major: Research Methods / Minor: Clinical Psychology

B.Sc.            2007, Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Specialization: Research Methods

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2017-present Assistant professor, University of Groningen, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences

2016-2017 Postdoctoral scholar, University of Texas at Austin, Population Research Center

2014-2016 Postdoctoral research fellow, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Developmental Psychology

GRANTS AND AWARDS

NWO – Veni: Not straight? Sexual orientation disparities in macro and micro-processes of youth victimization and mental health (PI: Dr. Laura Baams) (2018)

ZonMW – Preventing suicidality among Dutch Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth through a web-based intervention addressing suicidality in relation to sexual and gender identity issues (PIs: Dr. Diana van Bergen & Dr. Laura Baams) (2017)

Best Senior Poster Award. International Academy of Sex Research, Toronto (2015).

Conference funding Utrecht Centre for Child and Adolescent Studies for the organization of a one-day symposium “Project STARS” (2015).

Conference funding Dynamics of Youth for the organization of a one-day symposium “Project STARS” (2015).

Dynamics of Youth post-doc seed funding (2013)

Fulbright visiting scholar grant (2013), University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.

Jo Kolk Studiefonds (2013)

TEACHING

University of Groningen

Graduate level

Sole instructor Minority Youth (2017-present)

Undergraduate level

Co-instructor Gender and Diversity in Education (2017-present)

Utrecht University

Graduate level

Master thesis supervisor Developmental Psychology (2011-present)

Work group instructor Applied Developmental Psychology (2015-present)

Research master thesis co-supervisor Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (2014-2015). Graduate: Tessa Kaufman, M.Sc.

Research internship co-supervisor Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (2014-2015).

Undergraduate level

Lecturer Adolescent Development (2013-present)

Guest lecturer Youth & Sexuality; Diagnostics and Treatment (2013-present)

Bachelor thesis supervisor Developmental Psychology (2014-present) 

University of Amsterdam

Undergraduate level

Statistical consultant Methodology shop (2008-2009)

Sole instructor Research Lab and SPSS (2006-2010)

Bachelor thesis supervisor Psychology (2009-2010)

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Invited oral presentations

Baams, L. (2016, March). Sexualized media consumption as an aspect of adolescent sexual development. Seksuele Motivatie, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Baams, L. (2015, October). When being different becomes the norm. Dynamics of Youth Symposium, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Baams, L. (2015, June).  Never the twain shall meet? Quantitative and qualitative methods, how they can support each other. Dynamics of Youth Seminar, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Baams, L. (2015, March). When being different becomes the norm: How microaggressions affect Dutch lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Teaching Differently: A seminar on gendered classrooms and feminist pedagogy. Gender Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S. & van Aken, M. A. G. (2014, June). De seksuele ontwikkeling van adolescenten met verschillende persoonlijkheidstypen. European Association for Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology & other involved professions – the Netherlands.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G. Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2012, March). Persoonlijkheid en seksualiteit: Is persoonlijkheid een bepalende factor voor de seksuele ontwikkeling van jongeren? The Annual Research on Sexology conference of the Dutch association of Sexology.

Chaired international conference symposium

Baams, L. (2019, March). Methodological advances in sexual minority youth research: Developmental and longitudinal findings. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 21-23 March 2019, Baltimore, Maryland.

Baams, L. (2019, March). Mental healthcare for sexual and gender minority adolescents: Access, utilization, and effectiveness. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 21-23 March 2019, Baltimore, Maryland.

Baams, L. (2018, September). Foster care and marginal housing: Disparities for sexual and gender minority youth. Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Ghent, Belgium.

Baams, L. (2018, April).  Sexual and gender minority adolescents in foster care and marginalized housing: Correlates with mental health. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, 12-14 April 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Baams, L. (2017, April).  An international examination of bullying based on sexual orientation and gender in school: Economics, consequences, and solutions. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 3-6 April 2017, Austin, Texas.

Baams, L. (2014, March). Who is doing what and why? How personality, self-regulation, and attachment predict adolescent romantic and sexual development. The Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial meeting.

Baams, L., & Overbeek, G. (2012, March). Expanding the boundaries: New perspectives on sex and the media. The Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial meeting.

Oral presentations at international conferences (as lead author)

Baams, L. (2019, March). Associations between minority stress and daily negative affect: A week in sexual minority youth’s lives. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 21-23 March 2019, Baltimore, Maryland.

Baams, L., De Luca, S., & Brownson, C. (2019, March). Sexual orientation disparities in healthcare utilization: Differences in informal and formal care. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 21-23 March 2019, Baltimore, Maryland.

Baams, L. (2018, October). Typologies of abuse for sexual and gender minority adolescents. European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents, Porto, Portugal.

Baams, L., & Fish, J. N. (2018, October). Mental health disparities for LGBTQ youth in foster care: Findings from US adolescents. European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents, Porto, Portugal.

Baams, L., & Fish, J. N. (2018, September). Accumulative risk for alcohol and substance use disorders for sexual and gender minority adolescents living in foster care or shelters. Accepted for the Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Ghent, Belgium.

Baams, L., Wilson, B. D. M., & Russell, S. T. (2018, September). Mental health disparities for sexual and gender minority adolescents living in foster care. Accepted for the Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Ghent, Belgium.

Baams, L., & Fish, J. N. (2018, April). Mental health disparities for LGBTQ youth in foster care and unstable housing. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, 12-14 April 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Baams, L. (2018, April). Disparities in intimate partner violence and mental health for LGBTQ adolescents. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, 12-14 April 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Baams, L., Talmage, C. A., & Russell, S. T. (2017, April). An economic analysis of bias-based bullying and school absenteeism. Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, 3-6 April 2017, Austin, Texas.

Baams, L., Bos, H. M. W., & Jonas, K. J. (2014, September). Romance in times of stress: Minority stress, well-being and a same-sex romantic relationship. The 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2014, March). Personality, pick-ups, and pubic hair: the relation between personality types, pubertal timing, and sexual behavior. The Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial meeting.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2013, November). They do it, I do it, we do it: Adolescents’ and their friends’ (risky) sexual behavior – selection and influence effects of personality type. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality annual meeting.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2012, August). The role of personal characteristics in normative and non-normative sexual development in adolescence. The EARA/SRA Summer School.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2012, March). Parallel developments of sexualized media consumption and permissive attitudes in adolescence: The role of perceived realism. The Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial meeting.

Oral presentations at Dutch conferences

Baams, L. (2018, May). Typologies of childhood adversity and disparities for sexual and gender minority youth. Dutch Society for Developmental Psychology, 16 May 2018.

Baams, L., & Russell, S. T. (2017, September). Gay-straight alliances in school: Do they benefit all students? European Association for Developmental Psychology, 1 September 2017.

Baams, L., Bos, H. M. W., & Jonas, K. J. (2014, May). A “same-sex” relationship: How a romantic relationship can protect same-sex attracted youth from the impact of minority stress. The Society for Dutch Developmental Psychology.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2012, June). Vroege vogels en laatbloeiers: Persoonlijkheid als voorspeller van seksuele ontwikkeling. Research in Education: Practical implications of research for daily educational practice.

Baams, L., Jonas, K. J., Bos, H. M. W., & Spiering, M. (2009, March). The role of social support in the relation between minority stress, psychological and sexual wellbeing among same sex attracted adolescents. The Annual Research on Sexology conference of the Dutch association of Sexology.

Poster presentations at international conferences

Baams, L., & Russell, S. T. (2016, October). Associations of bullying based on gender, sexual orientation, and gender nonconformity with school functioning: The role of gay-straight alliances. Poster presented at the biennial Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2015, August). Puberty, popularity, and intimate relationships among early adolescents: Longitudinal findings in the Netherlands. The International Academy of Sex Research 41st annual meeting. Winner of The Best Senior Post Award.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2013, April). Early- and late-bloomers: The longitudinal relation between personality types and adolescent sexual development. Poster session at the Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., Kuyper, L., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2012, July). Putting personality in sex: The longitudinal relation between adolescents’ personality types and sexual behavior. The International Academy of Sex Research 38th annual meeting.

Baams, L., Beek, T., Hille, H., Zevenbergen, F. C., & Bos, H. M. W. (2012, March). Gender non-conformity, psychological well-being and stigmatization: How are these concepts related among same sex attracted youths? The Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial meeting.

Baams, L., Beek, T., Hille, H., Zevenbergen, F. C., & Bos, H. M. W. (2011, August). The relation between gender nonconformity and psychological well-being among sexual minorities: The mediating effect of stigmatization. The International Academy of Sex Research 37th annual meeting.

Baams, L., Beek, T., Hille, H., Zevenbergen, F. C., & Bos, H. M. W. (2011, June). Gender nonconforming sexual minorities with a lower level of psychological well-being: What role does stigmatization play? The 20th World Congress for Sexual Health.

Baams, L., Overbeek, G., Dubas, J. S., van de Bongardt, D. & van Aken, M. A. G. (2011, June). Sexual development among Dutch youth: The role of psychological and physical factors. The 20th World Congress for Sexual Health.

Van de Bongardt, D., Reitz, E., Baams, L., & Deković, M. (2011, June). Sexual development of Dutch youth: The role of family and peers. The 20th World Congress for Sexual Health.

SERVICE 

Ethics committee:

Vice-chair ethics committee Pedagogy and Educational Sciences, University of Groningen (2018-present)

Editorial board (Publons profile):

Archives of Sexual Behavior (2017-present)

Kind & Adolescent [Child & Adolescent] (2017-present)

Special issue: LGBT youth and social context, Guest editor (with dr. Henny Bos) of Pedagogiek [Pedagogics], Volume 35, 2015

Ad-Hoc Reviewer for (selection):

Archives of Sexual Behavior (editorial board) 

JAMA Pediatrics 

Child Development

LGBT Health

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 

Journal of Research on Adolescence 

Journal of Adolescent Health

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

Journal of Sex Research

PLOS ONE

Psychiatry Research 

Psychology & Health

 

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