I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Cambridge. I investigate the adolescent brain, and how the development of psychopathology (i.e. depression, conduct problems) during that phase may be related to brain development going astray. I’m working in Professor Ian Goodyer’s research group.
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 will defend my PhD thesis on December 14th 2016.
My PhD thesis, including a summary in Dutch, can be found here.
My CV can be found here