I am an Assistant Professor in the Amsterdam Emotional Memory Lab at the Department of Clinical Psychology with a background in cognitive neuroscience. In my research, I combine behavioural experimentation with psychophysiological assessments and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to gain insights into the plasticity of emotional memory. In general, I am interested in how cognitive neuroscience can improve mental health care by informing psychological treatment development.
Currently, I am focusing on 1) the role of olfaction in intrusive memories of (analogue) trauma, 2) emotional memory in a network perspective of mental health disorders, and 3) affective updating of episodic memories as the result of experimental manipulations and therapeutic interventions. I have been awarded a NWO Veni grant for my project "In search of the affective engram of autobiographical memory", and the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2023, allowing me to spend a semester at the NIAS.
After completing a clinical master (2009, cum laude), and a research master (2010, cum laude), I did my PhD (2016, cum laude) with Prof Merel Kindt and Dr H. Steven Scholte at the University of Amsterdam. For my post-doctoral training (November 2015-August 2018) I worked with Prof Emily Holmes and Prof Rik Henson at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. During this time I was gratefully supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Union. In 2020 I obtained my University Teaching Qualification (BKO).