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Get to know Manon van Scheppingen!

What is your role/position in the IDA program?

I am coordinator of the international traineeship. In addition, I supervise students with their First Year Paper, Master thesis, and other internal traineeships.

How long have you been teaching?

I started teaching (statistics) when I was a bachelor student, 10 years ago. I’ve been a teacher in the IDA program since 2019.

What do you like about teaching?

I especially enjoy seeing students learn new skills and get excited about a topic, I also like it when students ask surprising questions that give me a new perspective on my own research.

What is the most fascinating about human beings to you?

I think it is fascinating that peoples’ personalities can change across the entire lifespan. We still have not figured out what exactly triggers these changes, I hope that my research on life transitions and social relationships will provide some answers to this question in the future.

What is a collaborative project that you liked and worked with an IDA student on?

I love the project I’m doing together with Lisa Vos and Jaap Denissen, we are working on turning her First Year Paper on personality and relationship dissolution into a publication. I very much enjoy figuring out the best statistical model to test our research question (we combine survival analysis with an actor- partner- interdependence model).

How are you experiencing the teacher-student relationship in the IDA program?

I enjoy the one-on-one meetings with the students!

If you are not teaching or doing research, what else do you like doing in your personal time?

I love to sing (especially while driving my car). Before the pandemic I spent a lot of my personal time hanging out with friends at a small bar I have in my house. A new hobby that I just started is standup paddle boarding, I live next to a lake so I’m looking forward to being on the water all summer!

Is there anything we missed and you would like to share?

I am Early Career Representative at the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP). Next to the big European Conference of Personality (ECP, Madrid 2022), we have many other initiatives, like travel grants, a Facebook group, a mentoring program, and a podcast: If you want to know more about EAPP, you can go to the website or send me an email (

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