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 Dr. Snežana Stupar-Rutenfrans

Why I work at UCR? UCR is characterized by a liberal and international educational climate. Students are excited and motivated to participate. Colleagues are dedicated and supportive. Thereby, small-scale education is really making it possible to get to know your students and colleagues, and to learn from each other. UCR provides a truly synergistic learning environment!
 
What is interesting about my discipline? I believe that research is a substantial part of the educational program. To become an academic (like graduates of UCR) it is very important to have critical and analytical skills that can be developed through knowledge about statistics and methods. For example, media often reports about ‘striking’ findings that are based on (‘so-called’) research. I expect from academics that they have the knowledge and ability to reflect on such reports before they take everything for granted. Furthermore, I think it is important that research findings can be applied in our daily life. That is also the reason that my own research interests are about the concept of emotions and regulation of it. This is a phenomenon that we all are dealing with every day, but at the same time it is difficult to capture it, especially on a cross-cultural level.
 

Profile

Dr. Snežana Stupar-Rutenfrans is currently working as assistant professor of methods and statistics at the Academic Core Department. Her main area of research interests include (cross-cultural but also new generation media related) assessment of (1) emotions and their mental health related outcomes, and (2) the importance of emotion regulation in various phenomena such as nationalism. Snežana obtained her PhD on the topic of cross-cultural differences and similarities in emotion regulation processes within the multiethnic setting in the Netherlands. She has published various empirical papers and has presented her research findings at several international conferences (e.g., South Africa, France, Spain, and Russia). Besides, she has also developed a solid teaching record because she has taught, in English and Dutch, both bachelor and master courses related to research methods & statistics, cross-cultural communication, and psychology. Next to her research and teaching activities, she is involved in several clinical and society-relevant projects and is holding positions such as co-chair of the publication Early Psychologists Committee (APA, div. 52), editor within International Psychology Bulletin (periodical of div. 52) and reviewer for various international journals.

 

Professional Career

2017-present: Assistant Professor of Methods and Statistics, University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University), Middelburg.

2016-present: Co-chair of the Publications subcommittee of the American Psychological Association Early Career Psychologist Committee (APA, division 52), International Psychology) and editor of a section of the same journal. 

2013-present: Reviewer for various international journals such as International Journal of (Cross-Cultural) Psychology and International Psychology Bulletin (APA).

2014-2017: Researcher and Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics, Department of International Media and Entertainment Management, NHTV, Breda.

2014-2017: Professional Field Committee Member (Bachelor of Applied Psychology), NHA University, Panningen.

2009-2014: Lecturer and researcher, Tilburg University.      

 

Courses Taught 

I taught various courses on master and bachelor level related to (advanced) research methodology and statistics, (cultural) psychology (emotions), cross-cultural communication (training), including individual supervision of Bachelor and Master students in writing of the thesis.

 

Academic Qualifications 

2011-2014: PhD-candidate (PhD obtained in January 2015), Department of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Tilburg University. PhD-research on cross-cultural differences and similarities in emotion regulation processes within the multiethnic setting in the Netherlands.

2005-2009: MSc, Master Mental Health Sciences, Maastricht University.          

 

Recent Publications                

 
  • Stupar-Rutenfrans, S., Ketelaars, L. E. H., & Van Gisbergen, M. S. (2017). Beat the fear of public speaking: Does the 360° video virtual reality exposure training in home environment reduces speech anxiety? (accepted in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking).

  • Ryzhkna, O. A., Golendukhina, A. V., & Stupar-Rutenfrans, S. (2017). Cultural aspects of video games software adaptation (accepted in Intercultural Communication: Adapting to Emerging Global Realities: A Reader, 2nd Edition, Cognella Publisher, San Diego, CA, USA).
  • Stupar-Rutenfrans, S., Fontaine, J. R. J., & Van de Vijver, A. J. R. E. (2017). The Importance of Culture in Emotion Regulation. APA div. 52 International Psychology Bulletin, 21, 54-59.
  • Stupar-Rutenfrans, S., Van de Vijver, A. J. R., & Fontaine, J. R. J. (2016). Self- and other-oriented motivations associated with emotional suppression of internalized and externalized negative emotions: A multiethnic self-report study in the Netherlands. In C. Roland-Lévy, P. Denoux, B. Voyer, P. Boski & W. K. Gabrenya Jr. (Eds.), Unity, diversity, and culture: Research and Scholarship Selected from the 22nd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (pp. 439-445). Melbourne, Florida USA: International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.                           
  • Stupar-Rutenfrans, S., Fontaine, J. R. J., & Van de Vijver, A. J. R. (2016). Interethnic similarity of anger suppression-aggression association in conflicts in intimate and non-intimate relationships across ethnic groups in the Netherlands. In C. Roland-Lévy, P. Denoux, B. Voyer, P. Boski & W. K. Gabrenya Jr. (Eds.), Unity, diversity, and culture: Research and Scholarship Selected from the 22nd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (pp. 446-454). Melbourne, Florida USA: International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. 

  • Stupar-Rutenfrans, S., & Rutenfrans-Stupar, M. T. J. (2016). A proposed model of nationalism and aggression in Western Europe. APA div. 52 International Psychology Bulletin, 20, 64-66. 
  • Arntz, A., Stupar-Rutenfrans, S., et.al. (2015). Prediction of treatment discontinuation and recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder: Results from an RCT comparing Schema Therapy and Transference Focused Psychotherapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 74, 60-71. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2015.09.002 
  • Van den Boom, A. L. F. M., Stupar-Rutenfrans, S., Bastiaens, S. P., & Van Gisbergen, M. S. (2015). Observe of participate: The effect of point-of-view on presence and enjoyment in 360 degree movies for head mounted displays. The European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Online conference proceedings indexed by SCOPUS.
  • Stupar, S. (2015). Immigrants regulate emotions in the same way as majority members in the Netherlands (PhD-dissertation).
  • Stupar, S., Van de Vijver, A. J. R., & Fontaine, J. R. J. (2015). Emotion valence, intensity, and emotion regulation in immigrants and majority members in the Netherlands. International Journal of Psychology, 50, 312-318. doi:10.1002/ijop.12091
  • Stupar, S., Van de Vijver, A. J. R., & Fontaine, J. R. J. (2014). Emotional suppression and well-being in immigrants and majority group members in the Netherlands, International Journal of Psychology, 49, 503-507. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12040
  • Stupar, S., Van de Vijver, A. J. R., Te Lindert, A., & Fontaine, J. R. J. (2014). Multicultural attitudes mediate the relation between personality and perceived ethnic outgroup distance in the Netherlands, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 38, 24-35. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.05.002
 

Recent (International) Conference Presentations                     

2017                             

(1) Emotion Regulation Across Cultures: Implications for Immigrant Populations.

(2) A Proposed Model of Nationalism and Aggression in Western Europe.

(3) Beat the Fear of Public Speaking: 360° Video Virtual Reality Exposure Training in Home Environment Reduces Public Speech Anxiety. 15th European Congress of Psychology, Amsterdam.

2016                             

Beat the fear of public speaking: Does the 360° video virtual reality exposure training in home environment reduces speech anxiety? Themadag Zorg, Heerlen.                          

(1) Self- and other-oriented motivations associated with emotional suppression of internalized and externalized negative emotions: A multiethnic self-report study in the Netherlands.

(2) “I may smile, but I hate it right now“ - Exploring participants’ emotions during group work. 15th International Conference on Motivation, Thessaloniki, Greece.                          

Engagement within Transmedia Organizing: Identifying attributes of engagement of the ‘Je Suis Charlie’ movement from a transmedia perspective. The BAFFTS Conference, University of Leicester, UK. 

2015                             

Observe of participate: The effect of point-of-view on presence and enjoyment in 360 degree movies for head mounted displays. The European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Greece.                     

Emotion regulation in immigrants and majority group members in the Netherlands. Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication in Integration Processes, Novosibirsk State University, Russia.

2014                            

Multicultural attitudes mediate the relation between personality and perceived ethnic outgroup distance in the Netherlands. Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication in Integration Processes, Novosibirsk State University, Russia.                     

Emotion Regulation within Interethnic Context:  Results from Two Immigrant Panel Studies in the Netherlands. International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, France.

2013                           

 Emotional suppression and well-being in immigrants and majority group members in the Netherlands. European Conference on Psychological Assessment, Spain.

2012                             

Emotion Regulation in Ethnic Groups in the Netherlands. International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, South Africa.

 

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