Lenneke Alink

Lenneke Alink


Lenneke Alink is professor of Forensic Family Studies and scientific director of the Institute of Education and Child Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She received her PhD at Leiden University in 2006. That year she was awarded a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, financing postdoctoral studies at the Institute for Child Development, University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on different aspects of parenting problems and child maltreatment, such as risk factors, causes, consequences, prevention, and decision making in child protection cases. Dr. Alink is a member of the Dutch Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. She has received numerous grants and awards, among which a prestigious VIDI grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and an Ammodo Science Award. 


Alink, L.R.A., Cyr, C., & Madigan, S. (2019). The effect of maltreatment experiences on maltreating and dysfunctional parenting: A search for mechanisms. Introduction to the special section. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 1-7. doi:10.1017/S0954579418001517

Madigan, S., Cyr, C., Eirich, R., Fearon, R.M.P., Ly, A., Rash, C., Poole, J., & Alink, L.R.A. (2019). Testing the cycle of maltreatment hypothesis: Meta-analytic evidence of the intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 23-51. doi:10.1017/S0954579418001700

Beckerman, M., Van Berkel, S. R., Mesman, J., & Alink, L.R.A. (2018). Negative parental attributions mediate associations between risk factors and dysfunctional parenting: A replication and extension. Child Abuse & Neglect, 81, 249-258. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.05.001

Reijman, S., Alink, L.R.A., Compier-de Block, L.H.C.G., Werner, C.D., Maras, A., Rijnberk, C., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. (2015). Salivary α-amylase reactivity to infant crying in maltreating mothers. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 46, 589-599. doi:10.1007/s10578-014-0499-6

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