Moïra Mikolajczak

Moïra Mikolajczak received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve. She did her post-doc at the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, California. She is now a Professor in Psychology at the University of Louvain and the director of the Intervention and Research in Socio-Emotional Competence Laboratory. Her research focuses on understanding the psychological and biological correlates of emotional competence, the pathways by which it influences health, interpersonal and organisational outcomes, and ways to improve it. Her teaching includes introductory psychology, emotion and health psychology.     Download CV 

Graduate students

Maria-Elena Brianda

 Maria-Elena is interested in parental burnout. She conducted large scale longitudinal and prospective studies to better understand the antecedents and consequences of parental burnout. Based on the results of these studies and qualitative interviews of burnout parents, she is currently developing psychological interventions that will be tested in randomized-controlled trials.


Marie Bayot


Marie is a research fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). Her main research interests bear on Mindfulness meditation and interpersonal emotional competencies. More specifically, she studies the impact of underlying processes in Mindfulness state on empathy and its components (emotional contagion, perspective taking, emotional regulation and emotion identification).




Jessica Morton


Jessica is interested in compliments. Her Ph.D. thesis aims to develop a process model of compliment, including antecedents, types and consequences. She also aims to uncover the conditions in which sincere compliments miss the mark.





Research assistants

Alicia Goodman

Alicia is interested in understanding how parental burnout can be influenced by parental expectations, parental perfectionism and parental identity. She examines these questions through clinical case studies and large scale longitudinal designs.





Maday Valdes-Pacheco

Beyond her interest for the epistemology of parental burnout research, Maday is interested in the cross-cultural aspects of parental burnout: does parental burnout exist in all cultures? Are the risk factors similar across countries and cultures? What are the macro-societal factors that increase the prevalence of parental burnout?






Dr. Marine Jaeken

Dr. Anthony Lane

MS. Stéphanie Miliche

Dr. Yuki Nozaki

Dr. Louise Schinkus

Dr. Fanny Weytens

Main collaborators


Pr Isabelle Roskam

Pr Jordi Quoidbach

Pr James Gross

Pr Olivier Luminet

Pr Martin Desseilles

Pr Philippe de Timary