Welcome! ALVH&NSKOn this site you will find information about my research, collaborators and current projects. CV

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College. I investigate the effects of child emotional maltreatment on brain development and cognitive development in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. I am working in the research group led by Professor Ian Goodyer. Starting May 2014, I am funded by a Netherlands Society for Scientific Research Postdoctoral Rubicon Fellowship.

I received my PhD December 10th, 2013 at Leiden University. During my PhD I examined the impact of Childhood Emotional Maltreatment on cognition and the brain, under the supervision of prof. dr. Bernet Elzinga, Prof. dr. Philip Spinhoven, and prof. dr. Brenda Penninx. You can find a summary of (and link to) my PhD thesis on the childhood emotional maltreatment page.

I completed my Bachelors in Psychology in 2006 at the University of Groningen. I then completed my Masters in Psychology (Cum Laude) in 2008 at the VU University of Amsterdam. During my Masters I followed courses at the University of Oslo in Norway, and did an internship in Professor R.J. McNally’s lab at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA).

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2015 (Additional) Rubicon Fellowship (£11.709). Funding for Maternity Leave during Rubicon Fellowship. (01 March 2015 to 01-Oct 2015).

2014 Returning Carers Scheme (£7250) University of Cambridge

2013 Netherlands Society for Scientific Research Postdoctoral Rubicon fellowship (€ 160.000). Success rate was 20%, and my application was ranked first amongst all other applicants in the Social Sciences.

2011 Best Poster presenter prize NESDA symposium

2009 Best Poster presenter prize NESDA symposium

2009 American Psychological Society Travelers Award