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Julia Jaekel

Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Early Experiences Research Center (EERC)


Julia is an Associate Professor in CFS and holds honorary research positions at universities in Germany, the UK and Finland. She is a trained clinical psychologist and has extensive research experience working in international, interdisciplinary teams. She is involved in a number of longitudinal studies and an active member of the Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration (APIC). Her ultimate goal is to understand the complex mechanisms that control human development and psychosocial adaptation over time to be able to design successful avenues towards intervention. Through her work, Julia aims to find ways to provide better access to high quality education and health care for at-risk children and youth across the world. Julia is the mother of three sons and loves to spend time outside with her family.



  • “Diplom” (5-year degree) in Clinical Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 2004
  • Ph.D., Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 2008
  • Postdoc, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, UK, 2009/10
  • Habilitation (higher doctorate) in Developmental Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, 2015

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Selected Recent Publications

Jaekel, J., Bäuml, J. G., Sorg, C., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2018, in press). Head growth and intelligence from birth to adulthood in very preterm and term born individuals. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (JINS).

Jaekel, J. & Scott, M. (2018). Preterm and low birth weight birth. In: S. Hunter & J. Donders (Eds.). Neuropsychological Conditions across the Lifespan (pp. 2-23). Cambridge University Press.

Breeman, L. D., Jaekel, J., Baumann, N., Bartmann, P., Bäuml, J. G., Avram, M., Sorg, C., & Wolke, D. (2018). Infant regulatory problems, parenting quality and childhood attention problems. Early Human Development, 124, 11-16. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.07.009. Impact factor: 2.17

Heuser, K., Jaekel, J., & Wolke, D. (2018). Origins and predictors of friendships in 6- to 8-year old children born at neonatal risk. The Journal of Pediatrics, 193, 93-101.e105. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.072. Impact factor: 4.04

Jaekel, J., Baumann, N., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2017). Mood and anxiety disorders in very preterm/very low birth weight individuals from six to 26 years. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(1), 88-95. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12787. Impact factor: 6.49

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