The Learn2trust lab studies the mechanisms that explain the development and (in)stability of children’s trust in their parents’ support during distress. For this purpose, the lab relies on longitudinal, experience sampling, and experimental attachment research.

Based on this work, the lab develops and disseminates clinical interventions aimed at building or restoring trust in children and adolescents at risk for or suffering from symptoms of psychopathology.

Fundamental Research

The Learn2trust lab studies the role of attachment-related information processing biases, state and trait trust components of attachment, the secure base script, hormonal processes (cortisol, oxytocin, and dopamine), epigenetic processes, and psychophysiological processes that explain the development of trust and the association between attachment and the development of psychopathology.

Clinical Applications

The Learn2trust lab investigates the translation of fundamental research insights to clinical practice. We investigate and disseminate attachment-focused intervention programs. These programs use family therapy strategies to restore or stimulate trust development in the parent-child or professional caregiver-client relationship.