Marielle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg

Assistant Professor Methodology and Statistics

Utrecht University


I am passionate about working on the cutting edge between statistics and social sciences. My ambition is to enable social science researchers to use the best methods to optimally analyze their data and answer their research questions. My main expertises are: Bayesian evidence synthesis, longitudinal structural equation modeling, and informative priors.


  • Collaboration
  • Bayesian evidence synthesis
  • Longitudinal structural equation modeling
  • Informative priors
  • Replication Research


  • PhD in Methodology and Statistics, 2019

    Utrecht University

  • Research Master Methodology and Statistics of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 2014 (Cum Laude)

    Utrecht University

  • Research Master Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence, 2014 (Cum Laude)

    Utrecht University

  • Bachelor Pedagogical Sciences, 2012

    Utrecht University


Informative Priors

Obtaining, evaluating and including informative priors.

Replication Testing

The prior predictive p-value as a means to test replication.

Bayesian Evidence Synthesis

Aggregating evidence for competing informative hypotheses with Bayesian Evidence Synthesis. OSF.

Recent Publications

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Robust longitudinal multi-cohort results: The development of self-control during adolescence

In this paper, we use Bayesian evidence synthesis to evaluate how self-control develops and whether there is a gender effect on its development. We find robust support for a positive development in self-control over adolescence.