mw. dr. H. (Helle) Larsen

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Developmental Psychology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Kamernummer: 1.11
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15916
    1001 NK  Amsterdam
    T: 0205256798

My research focuses on social and cognitive processes related to psychopathology (alcohol use, smoking, anxiety) in adolescents and young adults. I am interested in the interplay between the social context (e.g., peer influence) and individual risk factors such as automatic motivational processes, risk taking and genetic make-up. In addition to conducting assessment studies to get a refined understanding of the processes and risk factors involved in psychopathologies, I conduct intervention studies. Among others, I investigated the effect of cognitive bias modification (retraining approach tendencies) combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to help adolescents quit smoking. Moreover, I am involved in online intervention studies using cognitive bias modification to decrease alcohol use, smoking, and anxiety (e.g., retraining approach tendencies and attentional bias via online training). Next to my research, I am in training as a cognitive behavioural therapist (VGCt, UvA minds) and I am a programme manager of Research Priority Area Yield. Yield conducts multidisciplinary research among 10 different research programmes (University of Amsterdam) with a focus on the bioecology of human development.


Master: Development and Health Psychology 

- Course: Addiction

- Course: Obesity

- Coordinator internship

Bachelor: Specialisatie Klinische Ontwikkelingspsychologie  

- Coordinator Basisprogramma KLOP

- Vak: Sociale en Emotionele Ontwikkeling 



  • Larsen, H., Salemink, E., Grond, I., Wiers, R. W., & Anderson, K. G. (2018). Validation of a contextualized assessment of smoking behaviour in students. Addiction, 113(5), 907-913. DOI: 10.1111/add.14133  [details] 


  • Weckler, H., Kong, G., Larsen, H., Cousijn, J., Wiers, R. W., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2017). Impulsivity and approach tendencies towards cigarette stimuli: Implications for cigarette smoking and cessation behaviors among youth. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 25(5), 363-372. DOI: 10.1037/pha0000139  [details] 


  • Larsen, H., & Wiers, R. W. (2016). Risk Factors for Adolescent Drinking: An Introduction. Alcoholism - Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(4), 653-656. DOI: 10.1111/acer.13029  [details] 


  • Janssen, T., Wood, M. D., Larsen, H., Peeters, M., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Investigating the joint development of approach bias and adolescent alcohol use. Alcoholism - Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(12), 2447-2454. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12899  [details] 
  • Janssen, T., Larsen, H., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Longitudinal relations between cognitive bias and adolescent alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 44, 51-57. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.11.018  [details] 
  • Janssen, T., Larsen, H., Peeters, M., Boendermaker, W. J., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Do online assessed self-report and behavioral measures of impulsivity-related constructs predict onset of substance use in adolescents? Addictive Behaviors Reports, 1, 12-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.abrep.2015.01.002  [details] 
  • Pronk, T., van Deursen, D. S., Beraha, E. M., Larsen, H., & Wiers, R. W. (2015). Validation of the Amsterdam Beverage Picture Set: a controlled picture set for cognitive bias measurement and modification paradigms. Alcoholism - Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(10), 2047-2055. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12853  [details] 
  • Kong, G., Larsen, H., Cavallo, D. A., Becker, D., Cousijn, J., Salemink, E., ... Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2015). Re-training automatic action tendencies to approach cigarettes among adolescent smokers: a pilot study. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 41(5), 425-432. DOI: 10.3109/00952990.2015.1049492  [details] 


  • Janssen, T., Larsen, H., Peeters, M., Pronk, T., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2014). Interactions between parental alcohol-specific rules and risk personalities in the prediction of adolescent alcohol use. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49(5), 579-585. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agu039  [details] 
  • Larsen, H., Kong, G., Becker, D., Cousijn, J., Boendermaker, W., Cavallo, D., ... Wiers, R. (2014). Implicit motivational processes underlying smoking in American and Dutch adolescents. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5, 51. [51]. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00051  [details] 


  • Larsen, H., Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., Kuntsche, E., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2013). Drinking in a micro-perspective: the role of engagement in imitation of sips of alcoholic beverages. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4(3), 226-238. DOI: 10.5127/jep.027312  [details] 
  • Larsen, H., Engels, R. C. M. E., Granic, I., & Huizink, A. C. (2013). Does stress increase imitation of drinking behavior? An experimental study in a (semi-)naturalistic contex. Alcoholism - Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(3), 477-483. DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01942.x  [details] 
  • Voogt, C. V., Larsen, H., Poelen, E. A. P., Kleinjan, M., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2013). Longitudinal associations between descriptive and injunctive norms of youngsters and heavy drinking and problem drinking in late adolescence. Journal of Substance Use, 18(4), 275-287. DOI: 10.3109/14659891.2012.674623  [details] 


  • Larsen, H., Engels, R. C. M. E., Wiers, R. W., Granic, I., & Spijkerman, R. (2012). Implicit and explicit alcohol cognitions and observed alcohol consumption: three studies in (semi)naturalistic drinking settings. Addiction, 107(8), 1420-1428. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.03805.x  [details] 
  • Larsen, H., Overbeek, G., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2012). The strong effect of other people’s drinking: two experimental observational studies in a real bar. American journal on addictions, 21(2), 168-175. DOI: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00200.x  [details] 
  • Teunissen, H. A., Spijkerman, R., Larsen, H., Kremer, K. A., Kuntsche, E., Gibbons, F. X., ... Engels, R. C. M. E. (2012). Stereotypic information about drinkers and students' observed alcohol intake: an experimental study on prototype-behavior relations in males and females in a naturalistic drinking context. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 125(3), 301-306. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2012.03.007  [details] 
  • van der Zwaluw, C. S., Larsen, H., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2012). Best friends and alcohol use in adolescence: the role of the dopamine D4 receptor gene. Addiction Biology, 17(6), 1036-1045. DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2010.00305.x  [details] 


  • Larsen, H., van der Zwaluw, C. S., Overbeek, G., Granic, I., Franke, B., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2011). De invloed van het DRD4 VNTR polymorfisme op adaptatie aan andermans alcoholconsumptie: een onderzoek naar een genomgevinginteractie. Psychologie & Gezondheid, 39(1), 5-11. DOI: 10.1007/s12483-011-0002-z  [details] 


  • Larsen, H., Overbeek, G., Vermulst, A. A., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2010). Initiation and continuation of best friends and adolescents' alcohol consumption: Do self-esteem and self-control function as moderators? International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34(5), 406-416. DOI: 10.1177/0165025409350363 
  • Larsen, H., Overbeek, G., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2010). Imitation of alcohol consumption in same-sex and other-sex dyads. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45(6), 557-562. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agq053  [details] 


  • Larsen, H., Engels, R. C. M. E., Granic, I., & Overbeek, G. (2009). An experimental study on imitation of alcohol consumption in same-sex dyads. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 44(3), 250-255. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agp002 


  • Wen, S., Larsen, H., Cao, M. L., Kong, P., Maric, M., Tang, Y. L., & Wiers, R. W. H. J. (2017). Combining Cognitive Bias Modification with Motivational Interviewing to Increase Smoking Cessation in Chinese Smokers: A Pilot Study using A Single-Case Experimental Design. Poster session presented at SRNT 23rd Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy.


  • Wiers, R. W., Larsen, H., & Salemink, E. (2015). Middelgebonden stoornissen en verslaving. In H. T. van der Molen, E. Simon, & J. van Lankveld (Eds.), Klinische psychologie: theorieën en psychopathologie. - 3e dr. (pp. 265-290). Groningen/Houten: Noordhoff Uitgevers. [details] 


  • Fischer, K., van den Akker, A. L., Larsen, H., & Overbeek, G. J. (2017). Children’s genetic and psychophysiological susceptibility to reward- and punishment-based parenting. Poster session presented at 18th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, ECDP 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands.


  • Larsen, H., Kong, G., Becker, D., Cavallo, D. A., Cousijn, J., Salemink, E., ... Wiers, R. (2015). Cognitive bias modification combined with cognitive behavioral therapy: A smoking cessation intervention for adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 146, [e168]. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.09.374 

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • Larsen, H. (2013). Member and coordinator of Research Priority Area (i.e., RPA) Yield, Research Priority Area (i.e., RPA) Yield.


  • Larsen, H. (organiser) (2013). VGCt najaarscongres 2013: Cognitieve training en behandeling van verslaving: wat is de toekomst?, Veldhoven. Organisation of symposium at VGCt najaarscongres 2013: Cognitieve training en behandeling van verslaving: wat is de toekomst? (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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