• Associate Professor (Lecturer), Psychology Department
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Continuing Ed & Comunty Engmnt


  • Master's, Developmental Psychology, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Project: Strange, isn't it? A study of the test-retest stability of the Strange Situation with heart-rate measurements and its validity for day-care infants
  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Project: Peer acceptance, parent-child fantasy play interactions, and subjective experience of the self-in-relation: A study of 4- and 5-year-old children


Dr. Ilse DeKoeyer-Laros came to Utah from The Netherlands in the year 2000. She has conducted research into early parent-child relationships, emotional development, and the development of self-awareness. In 2006, she had a baby of her own. Since then, she has mostly been teaching psychology classes at the University of Utah: classes in developmental psychology (spanning all ages, from infancy to old age), abnormal child psychology, general psychology, research methods, field experience, and others. In 2015, she was awarded the Superior Teaching Award of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS). Next to her teaching job, Dr. DeKoeyer-Laros holds a part-time position as Child Development Specialist with Help Me Grow Utah. Help Me Grow is a free parenting information and resource line that offers parenting support, child development information, developmental screening for young children, and connection to resources in the community. Dr. DeKoeyer-Laros is a founding Board Member of the Utah Association for Infant Mental Health (UAIMH), of which she is currently the President.