I am an assistant professor in clinical neuropsychology and joined D’Arc in the summer of 2017 as a principal investigator. After obtaining my MSc degree in psychology in 2004 (UvA) I started as a research assistant at NICHE, the neuroimaging lab of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Utrecht. In 2005 I became a PhD candidate there for the “Dutch Prediction of Psychosis Study” and obtained my degree in 2010. Next, I went on to do postdoctoral studies at the Klingberg lab for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
At the end of 2012 I was appointed Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Leiden University, Department of Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies. In my work there I combined diverse educational responsibilities with scientific research activities and will continue to do so in Amsterdam. My research interests are typical and atypical development of the brain, (social) cognition and psychopathology in childhood and adolescence. More specifically, my work focuses on elucidating potential underlying mechanisms (gene-brain-behavior) that contribute to the onset of psychopathological phenomena, in particular psychosis. I recentely received a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior foundation to study social attention in autism & psychosis in collaboration with the Amsterdam Medical Center and Leiden University.