Tiffany Tettero

Doctoral Researcher

Main Focus

Tiffany’s research interests cover a diverse range of topics, notably motivation enhancement, the application of cutting-edge technologies to improve quality of life, and intervention effectiveness in research. She is also interested in longitudinal research to investigate (reciprocal) changes over time. For her doctoral dissertation, she is examining the role of goals, such as goal-setting and goal types, in relation to individuals’ connectedness to their future self. In addition, she is exploring the effect of novel technologies in this context.

Curriculum Vitae

Tiffany Tettero holds a research master’s degree in Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is currently employed as a doc­toral researcher in the ERC-funded CRIMETIME project under the supervision of Jean-Louis van Gelder (Max Planck Institute/Leiden University) and Esther Mertens (Leiden University). Within the framework of this project, Tiffany is involved in the development of a behavioral intervention ini­ti­a­tive, FutureU, that aims to increase future orientation and reduce self-defeating behavior (e.g., procrastination). This intervention incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, including Virtual Reality and a Smartphone application.


  • 2020–2022: Research Master Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence, Utrecht University, Netherlands.
  • 2017–2020: Bachelor Pedagogical Sciences, Leiden University, Netherlands.

Present Employment:

  • 2022–present: Doctoral researcher, Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Leiden University (Netherlands) and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Criminology department.



Head of project: Jean-Louis van Gelder
FutureU is a novel and scalable behavioral intervention to increase future-orientation in offenders by connecting them to their future self. The research program, which was started with the (Dutch) Probation Service as a partner and stakeholder, is premised on the well-established notion that delinquents often live like there is… more

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