She obtained her PhD in 2024, with a dissertation titled: “In the Name of Status. Adolescent Harmful Social Behavior as Strategic Self-Regulation. She studied the goals and gains of adolescent bullying and aggression. She is interested in how social and cognitive processes shape adolescent behavior. She investigates how changing peer norms can improve self-regulation in youth, with the aim to reduce antisocial behavior – such as bullying – in high-schools. Maud is now a postdoc with Geertjan Overbeek at the University of Amsterdam .