My research focuses on social and cognitive processes related to psychopathology (alcohol use, smoking, anxiety) and behavior 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 and have an interdisciplinary research approach. 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 and am involved in online intervention studies using cognitive bias modification to decrease alcohol use, smoking, and anxiety. In another intervention study we examine how changing peer norms can improve self-regulation in youth to reduce antisocial behavior. 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.
Research Priority Area Yield
- Course: Addiction
- Course: Obesity
- Coordinator internship
- Childhood: Developmental Psychology
- Adolescence: Developmental, Clinical and School Psychology