I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry of the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands. I investigate how food may be related to impulsivity, compulsivity and related mental health problems. My project is embedded in the European Eat2beNICE research consortium.
I completed my Bachelors in neuropsychology at the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2007. Next, I was accepted in the Master Neuroscience program, a biomedically-oriented Research Master’s program of the VU University in Amsterdam, from which I graduated cum laude. Throughout my studies, I worked as a teaching assistant at the Radboud University and as a research assistant at the VU University. After graduating, I joined the Neuroimaging In Childhood lab (NICHE) of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department of the University Medical Center Utrecht as a research assistant, before starting my PhD project.
Between July 2012 and June 2016, I worked on my PhD thesis at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, under the supervision of dr. Catharina Hartman and prof. Pieter Hoekstra. I investigated the long-term effects of stimulant treatment on the developing brain of adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), using various structural and functional neuroimaging modalities. As part of my studies, I collaborated closely with Prof. Jay Giedd and Prof. Susan Tapert at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). There, I investigated the effects of recreational (as opposed to medical) stimulant use on adolescent brain development and cognitive performance. I defended my PhD thesis on December 14th 2016 and graduated cum laude.
After my PhD, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Cambridge. My work was embedded in the Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network (NSPN); an ambitious group of Cambridge- and London-based scientists, led by Prof. Ed Bullmore, investigating brain development and psychopathology in young people. In my own work, I focused on the network structure of depressive symptoms. I worked at the University of Cambridge until October 2017.
My PhD thesis, including a summary in Dutch, can be found here.
My full CV can be found here