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Julia Jaekel

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

Curriculum Vitae



Selected Recent Publications

Johnson, S., Strauss, V., Gilmore, C., Jaekel, J., Marlow, N., & Wolke, D. (2016). Learning disabilities among extremely preterm children without neurosensory impairment: Comorbidity, neuropsychological profiles and scholastic outcomes. Early Human Development, 103, 69–75. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2016.07.009.

Jaekel, J., Leyendecker, B., & Agache, A. (2016). Inconsistent paternal behavior predicts Turkish immigrant and German children’s and adolescents’ mental health. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 4(4), 1-5. doi: 10.4172/2375-4494.1000307.

Bäuml, G. J., Meng, C., Daamen, M., Baumann, N., Busch, B., Scheef, L., Bartmann, P., Wolke, D., Boecker, H., Wohlschläger, A., Sorg, C., & Jaekel J. (2016).  The association of children’s mathematic abilities with both adults’ cognitive abilities and intrinsic fronto-parietal networks is altered in preterm-born individuals. Brain Structure and Function. doi: 10.1007/s00429-016-1247-4.

Jaekel, J. (2016). Invited Commentary: Supporting preterm children’s parents matters - a reflection on Treyvaud et al. (2016). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(7), 822-823. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12525.

Jaekel, J., Eryigit Madzwamuse, S., & Wolke, D. (2015). Preterm toddlers’ inhibitory control abilities predict attention regulation and academic achievement at age 8 years. The Journal of Pediatrics. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.10.029.

Wolke, D., Strauss, V., Johnson, S., Gilmore, C., Marlow, N., & Jaekel, J. (2015). Universal gestational age effects on cognitive and basic mathematic processing: 2 cohorts in 2 countries. The Journal of Pediatrics. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.02.065.

Basten, M., Jaekel, J., Johnson, S., Gilmore, C., & Wolke, D. (2015). Preterm birth and adult wealth: Mathematics skills count. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797615596230.

Breeman, L. D., Jaekel, J., Baumann, N., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2015). Attention problems in very preterm children from childhood to adulthood: the Bavarian Longitudinal Study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12456.

Breeman, L. D., Jaekel, J., Baumann, N., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2015). Preterm cognitive function into adulthood. Pediatrics. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-0608.

Jaekel, J., Strauss, V., Johnson, S., Gilmore, C., & Wolke, D. (2015). Delayed school entry and academic performance of neonatal at risk children: A natural experiment. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12713.

Johnson, S., Gilmore, C., Gallimore, I., Jaekel, J., & Wolke, D. (2015).  The long term consequences of preterm birth: What do teachers know? Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 57(6), 571-577. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12683.

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