Research career

2016 – ____    Assistant Professor at Dept. of Clinical Psychology, Leiden University; Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, Leiden, The Netherlands

Apr-Jul/2018   Visiting Researcher at Dept. of Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark, USA.

2014 – 2016    Post-doctoral researcher/research coordinator at Karakter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University Centre; Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience, Radboudumc; Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2010 – 2014    PhD candidate at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour; Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2009 – 2010     Research intern at Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, The United Kingdom

2008 – 2010    Research assistant/test developer at Central Nervous System Unit, Center for Human Drug Research, Leiden, The Netherlands

2007 – 2008     Research assistant at Developmental Psychology Unit, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands


Awards & Grants – All as a primary applicant

2018    Gratama Foundation & Leiden University Fund. Project ‘Challenge versus threat: Changing mastery and control to forster resilience’  (€20.631)

2017    Academy Van Der Gaag Grant (KNAW). Project ‘Power of perceived control’  and work visit at Rutgers University (€7.900)

2014    NWO Stimuleringsfonds Open Access Publication (€960)

2013    Travel award for Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making Conference 2013, Princeton, Princeton University (960 USD)

2010    NWO Mosaic grant. Project: ‘Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying avoidance learning in social anxiety’ (€200.000)

2010    Divisional Scholarship Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford (declined when I obtained the NWO Mosaic grant)

2009    Grants obtained for 6-months research internship at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford (€3000 total): Erasmus Beurs, Hersenstichting (Netherlands Brain Foundation), Stichting Studiefonds Bemolt, Curatorenfonds, Leids Universiteits Fonds, Outbound Study Grant


Teaching career


2016 – ____     Thesis supervision (27 Master students) at Dept. Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

2012 – 2016    Thesis supervision (10 Bachelor, 2 Master students) at Dept. Clinical Psychology, Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience – Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Graduate School of Life and Earth Sciences – University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



At Dept. Clinical Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Coordinator and instructor Biological Underpinnings of Psychopathology (Research master course Clinical Psychology track)
  • Lecturer/Instructor Designing an Empirical Study (Research master course)
  • Instructor Experimental Clinical Psychology (MSc course)
  • Instructor Clinical Psychology (BSc course)


2015                 Lecturer at Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience, Radboud  University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Early onset neuropsychiatric disorders: Brain mechanisms, genetic and environmental risk factors (SOW-DGCN32)

2011 – 2014     Instructor/Lecturer at Dept. Clinical Psychology, Radboud   University,  Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • Experimental research (SOCW-BSOP31/SOW-BSOP33)
  • Applied Research Methods: Clinical Neuroscience (SOW-BPSPE31)
  • Anxiety & Anxiety Disorders (SOW-BPSPE44)

2014 & 2015    Instructor, co-coordinator Donders Institute Tool-kit of Cognitive  Neuroscience

  • Applied transcranial stimulation and safety; hands-on practice

 Jul 2011          Tutor at University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands                     

  • Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam Summerschool ‘To head or to heed? Cross-disciplinary approaches to impulsivity and the inhibition of thought and action’

2008 – 2009     Student-Assistant at Methods and Statistics Unit, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Teaching/supervising Bachelor students in workgroups and practical  courses.


2005-2009        Teacher/Instructor Chemistry at Stichting Studiebegeleiding Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands


Other academic activities

Member of the ethical committee of psychology (CEP) at Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

Ad hoc reviewer: Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Biological Psychiatry, Human Movement Science,  Behavioral and Brain Functions, Neuroimage, Frontiers in Psychology

Academic editor PLOS ONE