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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 intergroup anxiety and outgroup aggression. 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).

 

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. & Brouwer, J. E. G. (2018). Changing Values and Identities in the Post-Communist World. Book Review. APA div. 52 International Psychology Bulletin, 22, 45-47

  • Stupar-Rutenfrans, S. & Verdouw, P. C. D. (2018). Well-Being of youth and emerging adults across cultures: Novel approaches and findings from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Book Review. APA div. 52 International Psychology Bulletin, 22, 27-29."

  • Ryzhkina, O. A., Golendukhina, A. V., & Stupar-Rutenfrans, S. (2018). Cultural aspects of video games software adaptation. Intercultural Communication: Adapting to Emerging Global Realities: A Reader, 2nd Edition, Cognella Publisher, San Diego, CA, USA.

  • Jung, H. P., Jung, T., Huber, M., Stupar-Rutenfrans, S. & Wensing, M. (2018). Meer tijd voor patiënten, minder verwijzingen? Huisarts en Wetenschap, 3, 39-41.

  • 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? Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 20, 624-633. doi:10.1089/cyber.2017.0174

  • 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                     

2018                           

  • Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD), Dublin, Ireland.
  • School of Social Work Theory and Practice, Inter-University Center Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Various presentations on topics of intergroup anxiety and ethnic outgroup aggression, public speaking anxiety, and the importance of culture in emotion regulation.

2017

  • 15th European Congress of Psychology, Amsterdam.
  • Various presentations on topics of emotion regulation across cultures (Implications for Immigrant Populations), intergroup anxiety and ethnic outgroup aggression, and public speaking anxiety.

2016                            

  • 15th International Conference on Motivation, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Themadag Zorg, Heerlen. 
  • Conference proceeding at BAFFTS Conference, UK. 
  • Various presentations on topics of self- and other-oriented motivations associated with emotional suppression of internalized and externalized negative emotions, exploration of participants’ emotions during group work and public speaking anxiety.

2012-2015

  • The European Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Greece.
  • Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication in Integration Processes, Novosibirsk State University, Russia.
  • International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, France.
  • European Conference on Psychological Assessment, Spain.
  • International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, South Africa.
  • Various presentations on emotion regulation and wellbeing within interethnic context, multiculturalism and ethnic outgroup distance, and media psychology (emotions in 360 degree movies). 

 

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Methods & Statistics

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Tel. 0118-655542
E-mail: s.stupar@ucr.nl