Dobrova-Krol, Dr N.A. (Natasha)





Academic Career

  • PhD candidate in the field of attachment organization of children exposed to early institutional care, Centre for Child and Family Studies and Data Theory, Leiden University. Title of the research-project: 'Attachment organization of children exposed to early institutional care in Ukraine: A biobehavioral study of correlates and sequelae'
  • Research assistant, Centre for Child and Family Studies and Data Theory, Leiden University (2005)
  • Spinoza scholarship, research project 'Attachment organization of children exposed to early institutional deprivation in Ukraine', Centre for Child and Family Studies and Data Theory, Leiden University (2005)
  • Researcher with the project 'Emotional and Developmental Disorders in Children, Deprived of Parental Care', Individual Research Scholarship of Soros Foundation, Odessa, Ukraine (2000-2003)
  • Psychologist, Municipal Center of Social and Psychological Support for Children, Youth and Adolescents, Odessa, Ukraine (2000-2002)
  • Lecturer / Assistant at Department of Psychology, Odessa State University, Ukraine (1999)
  • Visiting Research Assistant at The Maudsley Institute of Psychiatry, Adoption and Fostering Team, TEMPUS TACIS Project, London, UK (1998)
  • Visiting Research Assistant, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Ghent, TEMPUS TACIS Project, Ghent, Belgium (1997)
  • Visiting Research Assistant, Regina University, Canada (1996)
  • Post-Graduate education on Clinical Psychology, Kiev State University, Ukraine (1995-1999)
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Maritime Medical Science, Odessa, Ukraine (1995-1999)
  • MSc. Biology, cum laude, Odessa State University, Ukraine (1995)

Research areas and activities

Child and family studies, with a special emphasis on:

  • Development of children exposed to early institutional care
  • Disorganization of attachment
  • Biobehavioral aspects of attachment and stress regulation
  • Parental/caregiver’s sensitivity and early childhood intervention
    Adoption and foster care

Selected publications and presentations

  • Dobrova-Krol, N.A. (2005). Attachment organization of children exposed to early institutional deprivation in Ukraine. Research proposal presented for the Spinoza scholarship, Leiden.
  • Cyr, C., Dobrova-Krol, N.A., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2007). Physical Growth and Cognitive Performance in Institutionalized children: Catch-up and Substantial Delays. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, U.S.A., March.
  • Dobrova-Krol, N.A., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Juffer, F. (2007). Physical and Cognitive Delays in Children Reared in Ukrainian Institutions. Presentation at the conference on Promoting Civic Engagement - Working on Behalf of Vulnerable Children, Mykolayiv, Ukraine, May.

Last Modified: 28-04-2014