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Dr. H. (Helle) Larsen

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Developmental Psychology

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Kamernummer: 1.11
  • Postbus 15916
    1001 NK Amsterdam
  • Research Interests

    I am Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology and conduct interdisciplinary research that focuses on social and cognitive processes related to healthy and unhealthy behaviors (alcohol use, smoking, excessive smartphone use) in adolescents and young adults. I am interested in the interplay between the social context (e.g., peer influence, parents) and individual risk factors such as motivational processes, self-regulation and genetic make-up. In my research, and collaborations, I combine developmental psychology with insights from pedagogical, medical, and methodological disciplines and applied research. In addition to conducting assessment studies to get a refined understanding of the processes involved in psychopathologies and healthy behavior, I conduct intervention studies. For instance, I am involved in the development of a targeted digital game-based prevention intervention for impulsive and sensation seeking youth aged 13-16 years as well as online intervention studies using cognitive bias modification and MI/CBT to decrease alcohol use, smoking, and anxiety. I have a great passion for teaching and mentoring students and junior scholars. Next to my teaching and research, I am programme manager of Research Priority Area Yield and Academic Director of the UvA Summer School Mental Health, Youth and Society. Also, I am board member of the Dutch Society for Developmental Psychology (VNOP).

    - Programme manager: RPA Yield conducts multidisciplinary research among 10 different research programmes (University of Amsterdam) with a focus on the bioecology of human development: Yield

    - Academic Director Summer School:  Mental Health, Youth and Society .

    - Board member of Dutch Society for Developmental Psychology: VNOP



  • Teaching

    Master: Health Promotion and Behaviour Change

    - Course: Addiction

    - Course: Obesity

    - Coordinator internship 

    Master Health Promotion and Behaviour Change

    Bachelor: Clinical Developmental Psychology  

    - Childhood: Developmental Psychology

    - Adolescence: Developmental, Clinical and School Psychology

    Specialisation Clinical Developmental Psychology

  • Publicaties


    • Fischer, K., Larsen, H., van den Akker, A., & Overbeek, G. (2022). The role of sensory processing sensitivity in the longitudinal associations between relationship qualities with parents and peers and externalizing behavior in adolescence. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39(8), 2549-2571. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075221083962
    • Su, S., Larsen, H., Cousijn, J., Wiers, R. W. H. J., & Van den Eijnden, R. J. J. M. (2022). Problematic smartphone use and the quantity and quality of peer engagement among adolescents: A longitudinal study. Computers in Human Behavior, 126, [107025]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.107025 [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. https://doi.org/10.1037/pha0000139 [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. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agu039 [details]
    • Larsen, H., Kong, G., Becker, D., Cousijn, J., Boendermaker, W., Cavallo, D., Krishnan-Sarin, S., & Wiers, R. (2014). Implicit motivational processes underlying smoking in American and Dutch adolescents. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5, 51. [51]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00051 [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. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01942.x [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. https://doi.org/10.5127/jep.027312 [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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00200.x [details]
    • Teunissen, H. A., Spijkerman, R., Larsen, H., Kremer, K. A., Kuntsche, E., Gibbons, F. X., Scholte, R. H. J., & 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12483-011-0002-z [details]


    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agq053 [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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165025409350363


    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agp002


    • Larsen, H., Kong, G., Becker, D., Cavallo, D. A., Cousijn, J., Salemink, E., Collot D'Escury-Koenigs, A., Krishnan-Sarin, S., & Wiers, R. (2015). Cognitive bias modification combined with cognitive behavioral therapy: A smoking cessation intervention for adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 146, [e168]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.09.374 [details]


    • 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). Noordhoff Uitgevers. [details]


    • Fischer, K., van den Akker, A. L., Larsen, H., Jorgensen, T. D., & Overbeek, G. J. (2019). Dopamine functioning and child externalizing behavior: A longitudinal analysis of polygenic susceptibility to parenting. 14. Poster session presented at
      19th Biennial ISRCAP Scientific Meeting , Los Angeles, California, United States.
    • Hendriks, H., Scholz, C., Larsen, H., de Bruijn, G. J., & van den Putte, B. (2019). Intervening through conversations: How instructions influence conversational valence and binge drinking determinants. Abstract from Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH) conference.


    • 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.
    • 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.


    • 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, ...).


    • Larsen, H., Overbeek, G., Fischer, K. & van den Akker, A. (1-1-2022). sj-pdf-1-spr-10.1177_02654075221083962 – Supplemental Material for The role of sensory processing sensitivity in the longitudinal associations between relationship qualities with parents and peers and externalizing behavior in adolescence. figshare SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.25384/sage.19501690.v1
    • Fischer, K., Overbeek, G., Larsen, H. & van den Akker, A. (1-1-2022). The role of sensory processing sensitivity in the longitudinal associations between relationship qualities with parents and peers and externalizing behavior in adolescence. figshare SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.25384/sage.c.5928454.v1


    • Van Bockstaele, B., Wiers, R., Salemink, E., Bögels, S., Tibboel, H. & Larsen, H. (1-1-2021). Dual processes in fear and anxiety: no effects of cognitive load on the predictive value of implicit measures. figshare Academic Research System. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.14222470.v1
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