Ketaki Diwan
  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 314

    5037 DB Tilburg


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a PhD researcher in the departments of Developmental Psychology and HR Studies at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. In my research, I examine how people's emotions and needs shape individual differences in development during life transitions. 

In my current work (as a PhD), I examine how self-esteem changes, how individuals differ in their change, and what mechanisms (needs, emotions, contexts) explain these changes during the transition from university to work. In this work, I particularly focus on individual differences in change, as I believe that people's unique, lived experiences matter and averages do not always paint the complete picture.

For example, I'm interested in answering questions like why do some individuals flourish and develop higher self-esteem during the transition to work whereas others struggle? Do daily experiences of pride and shame explain these differences in self-esteem change? To examine these questions I collect intensive longitudinal data using experience sampling methods.

This interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of developmental, social, and work/organisational Psychology and is funded by Herbert Simon Research Institute at Tilburg University. I also take part in activities of the Tilburg Experience Sampling Centre (TESC)
Besides this, I'm broadly interested in the role of work and cultural contexts in shaping our emotions, self, and personality.

Current courses

Research Skills in Psychology

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Master’s Degree, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Sep 2020


  • Emotions
  • Self-esteem
  • Needs
  • Motivation


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