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Julia Jaekel

Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Early Experiences Research Lab


Julia is an Associate Professor in CFS and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Warwick in the UK. 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). Recently, in collaboration with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH), she has started a new cohort study of infants exposed to opioids in-utero. Her ultimate goal is to understand the complex mechanisms of risk and resilience that control human development 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. Julia is the mother of three sons and loves to spend time outdoors 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

Jaekel, J., Bäuml, J. G., Sorg, C., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2019). Head growth and intelligence from birth to adulthood in very preterm and term born individuals. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (JINS), 25(1), 48-56.


Jaekel, J., Baumann, N.*, Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2019). General cognitive but not mathematic abilities predict very preterm and healthy term born adults’ wealth. PLoS One, 14(3), e0212789. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0212789.


Nichols, T.*, Jaekel, J., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2019). Differential susceptibility effects of maternal sensitivity in childhood on small for gestational age adults’ wealth. Development and Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579418001669.


Jaekel, N., Jaekel, J., Willard, J., & Leyendecker, B. (2019). No evidence for effects of Turkish immigrant children‘s bilingualism on executive functions. PLoS One. doi: org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209981.


Reyes, L. M.*, Jaekel, J., & Wolke, D. (2019).  Effects of gestational age and early parenting on children’s social inhibition at 6 years. Children (Special Issue - Neurodevelopment of survivors born very preterm), 6(7), 81. doi:

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