Elsje van Bergen, Ph.D.



Society for the Scientific Study of Reading


Elsje van Bergen, Ph.D.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

"Researcher Studies Child Learning through New Lens of an Old Debate"

Elsje van Bergenis an Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (at Biological Psychology, the Netherlands Twin RegisterLEARN!, and Amsterdam Public Health). Before taking up this position, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in developmental psychology at the University of Oxford. She received her PhD in Educational Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy and also serves as co-chair on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Dyslexia Association

Together with her team of early-career researchers, Dr. Van Bergen studies the causes and consequences of individual differences in learning. She integrates theories and methods from psychology, education, and genetics to study educational achievement and difficulties. For example, she studies the interplay between genetic and environmental influences on educational skills like reading.