Biography and Research Interests
Isabela Granic is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at Radboud University Nijmegen. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada. She studies parenting, peer and therapeutic relationship processes in order to better understand the social and emotional mechanisms that contribute to the development and maintenance of child and adolescent psychopathology and how to best intervene to change these processes. A large part of her program of research aims to explain the variability in evidence-based interventions by identifying the processes and mechanisms of change associated with successful intervention. Some of the questions prof Granic is pursuing include: (1) How do parent-child and peer interactions change as a function of successful intervention? (2) What sorts of therapeutic relationships are most predictive of successful outcomes? (3) How does successful treatment impact on the functioning of emotion-regulation centers in the brain? She also has a line of research that examines the mental health benefits of playing video games. Her program of research has been funded by national and international granting agencies including the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Open Competitie MaGW (NWO) and Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Her findings have been published in top-tiered psychology and developmental journals including Psychological Review, Development and Psychopathology, Developmental Psychology, Biological Psychiatry, and Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
She aims to develop innovative theories that push conventional models towards being more comprehensive, while also becoming more multidisciplinary and precise. Equally important, she wants these theories to make practical sense. Thus, a significant proportion of her research has been conducted with local community agencies that deliver interventions to the often “messy” real world of distressed families, with comorbid problems. Although these clinical contexts pose significant scientific challenges, the results that have emerged have led to theoretical and practical innovations that would not have otherwise been possible.