“Who am I” and “Who do I want to become” are critical questions adolescents ask themselves. This search for a personal identity can be very stressful and can strongly impact adolescents’ well-being. Andrik Becht is a postdoctoral researcher in the SYNC lab where he investigates adolescents’ identity development from both a neurobiological and contextual perspective (for instance, examining the role of parents and peers). He also examines possible consequences of ongoing identity uncertainty in adolescence, to ultimately answer the question why some adolescents thrive whereas others don’t.

Andrik received his master degrees in the research master Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA, Cum Laude) and the master Orthopedagogics (Cum Laude) at Utrecht University. In his PhD (Cum Laude), Andrik focused on the development of identity dynamics across adolescence and emerging adulthood, using daily identity assessments (see CV for more information). For this dissertation, he was awarded the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Hershel B. Thornburg Dissertation award 2020.

Andrik is interested in open science activities such as pre-registration of research projects. For an overview of his pre-registered projects see https://osf.io/myprojects/

Research interests: Identity development, adolescence, neural development, (intensive) longitudinal modeling, open science

Becht, A. I., & Mills, K. (2020).Modeling Individual Differences in Brain Development. Biological Psychiatry. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2020.01.027

Becht, A. I., Luyckx, K., Nelemans, S. A., Goossens, L., Branje, S. J. T., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Meeus, H. J. (2019). Linking Identity and Depressive Symptoms Across Adolescence: A Multi-Sample Longitudinal Study Testing Within-Person Effects. Submitted to Developmental Psychology, 55(8), 1733–1742. doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000742

Van Doeselaar, L*., Becht, A. I.*, Klimstra, T. A., & Meeus, W. H. J. (accepted). A Review and Integration of Three Key Components of Identity Development: Distinctiveness, Coherence, and Continuity. European Psychologist, 23, 278-288. doi: https://doi.org/10.1027/1016-9040/a000334
*Shared first authorship

Becht. A. I., Bos, M. G. N., Nelemans, S. A., Peters, S., Vollebergh, W. A. M., Branje, S. J. T., Meeus, W. H. J., * & Crone, E. A.* (2018). Goal-Directed Correlates and Neurobiological Underpinnings of Adolescent Identity: A Multimethod Multisample Longitudinal Approach. Child Development, 89(3), 823-836. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13048
*Shared last authorship

Becht, A. I., Nelemans, S. A., Branje, S. J. T., Vollebergh, W. A. M., Koot, H. M., & Meeus, W. H. J. (2017). Identity Uncertainty and Commitment Making Across Adolescence: Five-Year Within-Person Associations Using Daily Identity Reports. Developmental Psychology, 53(11), 2103–2112. doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000374

Becht, A.I., Nelemans, S.A., Branje, S.J.T., Vollebergh, W.A.M., Koot, Hans M., Denissen, J.J.A. & Meeus, W.H.J. (2016). The Quest for Identity in Adolescence: Heterogeneity in Daily Identity Formation and Psychosocial Adjustment Across 5 Years. Developmental Psychology, 52(12), 2010–2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000245

Becht, A. I., Branje, S. T., Vollebergh, W. A. M., Maciejewski, D. F., van Lier, P. A. C., Koot, H. M., Denissen, J. J. A., & Meeus, W. H. J. (2016). Assessment of identity during adolescence using daily diary methods: Measurement invariance across time and sex. Psychological Assessment, 28(6), 660-672. doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0000204

Becht, A. I., Prinzie, P., Deković, M., van den Akker, A., & Shiner, R. L. (2016). Child Personality Facets and Overreactive Parenting as Predictors of Aggression and Rule-Breaking Trajectories from Childhood to Adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 28(2), 399-413. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579415000577

Hawk, S., Becht, A. I., & Branje, S. J. T. (2016). “Snooping” as a Distinct Parental Monitoring Strategy: Comparisons With Overt Solicitation and Control. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26(3), 443-458. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12204