My research interests concern cognitive processes in the aetiology of anxiety and addictive disorders. Current research lines are: the role of attentional and interpretive bias in the development of adolescent and adult anxiety disorders, the role of cognitive processes in the interaction between anxiety and alcohol use in adolescence and adulthood; prevention and treatment of anxiety and alcohol problems (see also publications page).
Elske Salemink was born on January 28, 1979, in Doetinchem. After completing secondary education (VWO, Isala College in Silvolde) in 1997, she studied Health Sciences (Mental Health Science) at Maastricht University and graduated cum laude in 2002. For almost two years, she worked as an academic research assistant and junior lecturerat the Department of Medical, Clinical, and Experimental Psychology of Maastricht University. From 2004 until 2008, she was a PhD student at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at Utrecht University . During this period, she also performed a study at the University of Western Australia , Perth for three months in collaboration with Professor Colin Macleod. In 2008 Elske worked as a post-doc at Utrecht University.
From February 2009, she is assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam , Department of Developmental Psychology (focus on experimental research regarding developmental psychopathology). She is part of the ADAPT research group ( www.adaptlab.eu ). Elske received an NWO Veni grant to study the interaction between implicit anxiety and alcohol-related processes and the modification of those processes (Cognitive Bias Modification training; CBM). Furthermore, she obtained a ZonMW prevention grant to examine whether online cognitive training increases emotional resilience in adolescents.
In 2011 Elske became a behavioural and cognitive therapist (member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (VGCt).