Curriculum Vitae

Last update: Dec. 2016

Education

15 October 2013: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.), Faculty of Medicine, VU University, Amsterdam. Dissertation title: “Alcohol dependence across the brain; from vulnerability to compulsive drinking” . Promotores: Prof. Dr. Dick J. Veltman, Prof. Dr. Wim van den Brink. Copromotor: Prof. Dr. Brenda W.J.H. Penninx.

2008 – 2013: Graduate school for Neurosciences Amsterdam and Rotterdam (ONWAR).

2009 – 2012: Academic Medical Center Graduate school, Amsterdam.

Aug 2007: Certificate Psychodiagnostic assessment, Netherlands Institute for Psychologists (NIP)

2001 – 2007: Bachelor of Science (BSc.), Master of Science (MSc.), Psychology, VU University, Amsterdam.
Specialization: Clinical neuropsychology of the adult
Additional subjects: Neuro-Imaging, Sexology

1995 – 2001: Gymnasium, Keizer Karel College, Amstelveen. Exam Courses: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Ancient Greek, Dutch, English, French.

Work

Research & Clinic

Nov 2013 – Sept 2016  Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. Fellow-Group “Cognitive and Affective Control of Behavioral Adaptation”, groupleader: Dr. Florian Schlagenhauf. Projects, resulting in several first-, co- & last authorship papers (published / in preparation):

  • “Slips of actions and sequential decisions: goal-directed learning and model-based decision-making cross-validated”
  • “White matter characteristics, decision making and impulsivity”
  • “Goal-directed and habitual behavior in obsessive-compulsive disorder”
  • “Stress and learning in alcohol dependence”

Project, resulted in a paper with co-authorship (published):

  • “The influence of stress on behavioral control”

July-Oct 2013: Visiting scientist, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (an institutional collaboration of Harvard Medical School (HMS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)), Boston, MA, USA. Lab of Dr. Steven Stufflebeam. Project: first authorship “Loss of brain graph network efficiency in alcohol dependence”

2008 – 2013: PhD-candidate, Academic Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry & VU University Medical Center / Stichting GGZ InGeest, Amsterdam. Project, first authorships: Alcohol dependence across the brain; from vulnerability to compulsive drinking”. Obtained PhD: October 15, 2013, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Medicine. Supervised by Prof. Dr. D.J. Veltman, Prof. Dr. W. van den Brink & Prof. Dr. B.W.J.H. Penninx.

2007 – 2008: Research Assistant (MRI data analysis), Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam. Project: “Dose Escalation Legitimate Pharmacology and Imaging study of depression (DELPHI)”. Research team: Dr. H.G. Ruhé & Prof. Dr. D.J. Veltman.

2007 – 2008: Research Assistant (MRI data analysis), VU University Medical Center.
Project, co-authorship: “Stabilization project; neuroimaging in women with complex traumatic stress disorder”. Research team: Dr. K. Thomaes & Prof. Dr. D.J. Veltman.

2005 – 2006: Research internship and Master’s thesis; Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam. Project, co-authorship:  “Pathogenic mechanisms in pathological gambling: An fMRI study into deficient self-regulation”. Supervisor: Dr. M.B. de Ruiter.
Thesis: “Reversal learning in the pathological gamblers’ brain; an fMRI study”.

2005 – 2006: Assistant in clinical neuropsychological assessments; Medical Center Walborg, private neuropsychological clinic, Amsterdam (Drs. T. Koene, former internship supervisor).

April – Oct 2005: Full-time Clinical internship; Clinical neuropsychology, VU University Medical Center department of Medical psychology, Amsterdam. Supervisor: Drs. T. Koene.

2002 – 2007: Research Assistant (clinical and technical instructor, and MRI scanning); Mental Health Care Buitenamstel (Stichting GGZ InGeest), Amsterdam. “Effect of light-therapy with depressed elderly, at home”. Research team: Dr. R. Lieverse, Dr. M.M.A. Nielen & Prof. Dr. W.J.G. Hoogendijk.

Teaching

2015      Tutor: The brain on formalin (High school children, weekend school for an extracurricular specialization in science), IMC Weekendschool, Academic Medical Center / Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013      Course coordinator & lecturer: Neuroimaging in Addiction (Master & PhD students), Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE) University. Budapest, Hungary

2010      Lecturer: Addiction course 2010 (Master students), Faculty of Health Sciences, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam. “Familial alcoholism and brain structure”. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2010      Lecturer: Capita Selecta 2010 (Bachelor students), Faculty of Health Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam. “Neuroimaging in alcohol dependence: basic physics and clinical applications”. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2007      Tutor: Neuropsychological Diagnostics (Master students), Faculty of Psychology and Education, VU University. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Presentations

Goal-directed and habit-based decision-making: computational modeling in alcohol dependence and related disorders. Chair: Dr. M Luijten & Dr. J. Cousijn. 28th congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). Symposium: From impulsivity to habit? Neuropsychopharmacological mechanisms underlying addiction. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. August, 2015

The Neurobiology of habitual behavior, functional MRI studies in addiction (“Neurobiologie van gewoontegedrag, functionele MRI studies in verslaving”). Chair: Prof. Dr. W. van den Brink. Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie, Voorjaarscongres. Symposium: Impulsive and compulsive processes as motivation for maladaptive behavior (“ Impulsieve en dwangmatige processen als motivatie voor onaangepast gedrag”). Maastricht, The Netherlands. April 2014.

Alcohol dependence (AD) in the brain: from reward to habit driven drug use; a highlight from 4 year neuroimaging research. Chair: Dr. S. Stufflebeam. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging / Harvard Medical School. Boston (MA), USA. July, 2013.

Alcohol dependence in the brain; a highlight from 4 years neuroimaging research. Chair: Dr. F. Schlagenhauf. Max Planck Institute of Human and Cognitive Brain Sciences. Leipzig, Germany. June, 2013.

Alcohol dependence in the brain; from reward to habit driven drug use. Chair: Dr. M. Luijten & Prof. Dr. I.H.A. Franken. Institute of Psychology, Erasmus University. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. April, 2013.

Alcohol dependence in the brain; from reward to habit driven drug use. Chair: Prof. Dr. Z. Demetrovics. Addiction symposium. Faculty of Psychology, ELTE University. Budapest, Hungary. February, 2013.

Alcohol dependence across lifespan and brain; from family history to compulsivity. Chair: Prof. Dr. A. Heinz. Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Charité Mitte. Berlin, Germany. November, 2012.

Alcohol dependence: habits and the brain. Chair: Dr. G. van Wingen, Dr. M. Caan, Prof. Dr. L. Reneman. Annual symposium of the Brain Imaging Center (le BIC), Academic Medical Center. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. November, 2012.

The neural basis of habit formation in alcohol dependent patients; an experimental fMRI-study. Chair: Dr. H. Lesscher & Prof. Dr. L. Vanderschuren. 10th Endo- Neuro- Psycho Meeting 2012, Oral Session: New frontiers in alcoholism research. Lunteren, The Netherlands. May, 2012.

Family history of alcohol dependence: the influence on executive and emotional functions in affective disorders. Chair: Prof. Dr. A.B. Smit. Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, Addiction Meeting. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. May, 2011.

Familial alcoholism and brain structure . Chair: Prof. Dr. G. Fischer. 13th Conference of the European Association of Substance Abuse Research (EASAR). Bad Aussee, Austria. May, 2010.

Supervision

Ms. Anne Trutti, MSc. (PhD student). Leiden University / University of Amsterdam. December 2016 – present.

Ms. Vera Mekern, MSc. (PhD student). Leiden University, Leiden The Netherlands. December 2016 – present.

Ms. Carrie Edwards, (research internship + medical thesis). University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Leipzig, Germany. November 2014 – present. She will continue as a medical clinician, finishing her medical degree.

Mr. Lennart Lüttgau, BSc. (research internship + bachelor thesis + master thesis). University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Leipzig, Germany. January 2014 – present. He is pursuing his scientific career as a PhD student.

Ms. Laura Golz, Doctoral student (research internship + doctoral thesis). University of Greifswald & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Leipzig, Germany. April 2014 – August 2015. She is pursuing a scientific career as a PhD student in Freiburg.

Mr. Martin Huss, MD (research internship + medical thesis in German). University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Leipzig, Germany. April 2014 – August 2015. He continued as a medical clinician, finishing his medical degree.

Ms. Marie Bernard, BA (research internship). University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Leipzig, Germany. April 2014 – June 2014. She continued her studies in Sociology.

Ms. Nienke Tjalma, BSc (research internship + bachelor thesis). University of Amsterdam, Academic Medical Center. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. February – July 2011. She finished a master on Science, Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship for the Health and Life Sciences.

Ms. Marissa Kok, MSc (research internship + master thesis). VU University & VU University Medical Center. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. February – October 2010. She pursued a scientific career as a PhD student at the VUmc in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Ad-Hoc reviewer

Neuroimage (Journal),

Addiction Biology (Journal), Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ. Electronic ISSN: 1369-1600

Neuropsychopharmacology (Journal), Nature Publishing Group, New York. Electronic ISSN: 1740-634X

The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). Postdoctoral fellowship application referee.

‘PET and SPECT in Psychiatry’ (Book), Springer Verlag, New York / Berlin / Heidelberg. ISBN: 978-3-642-40384-2

Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience (Journal), Psychonomic Society, Springer, New York. Electronic ISSN: 1531-135X

Frontiers in Psychiatry (Journal). Electronic ISSN: 1664-0640

Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Annual Meetings. Abstract Reviewer Committee

Awards / grants

May 2015               Top Poster Award nomination, Society of Biological Psychiatry

April 2014              Rubicon fellowship (€117.440,-), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Earth and Life Sciences cluster, to perform 24 months of research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany. Title: “Does stress promote inflexible, relapse-related behavior in alcohol dependence?”

November 2013     Scholarship ‘Spinozabeurs’ (€400,-), Spinozafonds Amsterdam, to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA, USA. May 16-18 2013.

October 2013         PhD These Printing Award (€200,-), European Foundation for Alcohol Research / European Research Advisory Board (ERAB), to help with printing costs for my PhD thesis.

June 2013               Exchange Award (€800,-), European Foundation for Alcohol Research / European Research Advisory Board (ERAB),to visit the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, MA, USA, and perform a network analysis project.

May 2013               Top Poster Award nomination, Society of Biological Psychiatry

May 2013               Travel Award (€700,-), European Foundation for Alcohol Research / European Research Advisory Board (ERAB), to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA, USA. May 16-18 2013.

November 2012     Scholarship ‘Spinozabeurs’ (€500,-), Spinozafonds Amsterdam, to attend the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China. June 10-14 2012.

May 2010               Travel Award (€750,-), European Foundation for Alcohol Research / European Research Advisory Board (ERAB), to attend the European Association of Substance Abuse Research (EASAR) annual meeting, Bad Aussee, Austria. May 6-9, 2010.

July 2009                Grant for imaging expenses (€18.000), Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam (ONWA-R) & Experimental Psychology Graduate School (EPOS).

Proficiency courses

December 2015     Computational Psychiatry Course, Translational Neuromodeling Unit, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) & University of Zürich (UZH). Zürich, Swiss

August 2015          Neurocomputational Approaches to Decision-Making. Radboud Summer School, Radboud University. Nijmegen, The Netherlands

May 2015               Strategic Planning of Research Careers. Nachwuschsseminare, Max-Planck Society. Garching, Germany

April 2015              Computational Psychiatry, University College London (UCL). London, United Kingdom.

June 2014               Educational Course: MR Diffusion Imaging; Getting Your Measures Right, 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Hamburg, Germany.

June 2014               Educational Course: Electromagnetical Neuroimaging, 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Hamburg, Germany.

April 2011              Current issues in clinical Neuroscience, focusing on advances in brain MRI, Rudolf Magnus Institute. Utrecht, The Netherlands.

June 2010               Advanced fMRI, Rudolf Magnus Institute. Utrecht, The Netherlands.

June 2010               Educational Course: Advanced MRI, 16th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Hamburg, Germany.

May 2009               Advanced course fMRI and Statistical Parametric Mapping, Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging. London, United Kingdom.

December 2008     Talent class “People, Politics & Power”, Dutch Scientific Organization (NWO). The Hague, The Netherlands.

October 2008         Basic course fMRI and Statistical Parametric Mapping, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, University Medical Center Utrecht & Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University. Utrecht, The Netherlands

January 2008         German Language Course, “Independent level”, BWS Germanlingua. München, Germany.

April May 2007   Basic fMRI analyses with Statistical Parametric Mapping 5.0, VU University Medical Centre. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Aug – Nov 2006     Italian Language Course, “Independent level”, Dilit International School. Rome, Italy.

June – July 2006     Summer school “Neuropsychology across the lifespan”, Vivian Smith Advanced Studies Institute of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS). Xylocastro, Greece.

Certificates received for:
– Clinically Relevant Functional Neuroanatomy (Prof. Dr. R. Bauer)
– Cerebral Blood flow, Metabolism and Cognitive Function in Normal Aging and Dementing Disorders (Prof. Dr. G. Deutsch)
– Clinical Foundations and Practice in the Neuropsychological Assessment of the Older Patient (prof. Dr. L. Bieliauskas).

February 2006       Dutch with sign language, VU University. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

September 2005    fMRI-scan degree, VU University Medical Center. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

March 2005           Giving scientific presentations, VU University. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

November 2004     Management in board-functions, VU University. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

International expert workgroups

Sept 2015 – present         Delphi study ‘An international consensus on the cognitive-affective underpinnings of addiction processes’

July 2015 – present           Transcontinental Computational Psychiatry Workgroup

Oct 2014 – present            ENIGMA Addiction workgroup

Committee involvement

Nov 2016 – present        Psychology Research Ethics Committee, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Leiden University, Leiden The Netherlands.

April 2016 – Sept 2016    Bayesian Club – a biweekly meeting on Bayesian Statistics for scientists who are new to the field and experts. Founder, organizer, lecturer. Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Leipzig, Germany.

Dec 2011 & 2012              Jury member, Symposium Student Research (“Leeronderzoek”), Faculty of Medicine, VU University Amsterdam.

2011 – 2012                       Meetings, communications & website committee, junior member, Brain Imaging Center, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam.

2009 – 2011                       Biweekly Amsterdam imaging lab-meetings platform (fMRI-Instuif), organizing committee, VU University Medical Center & Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam.

2009 – 2010                       Jump the FENS 2010 organizing committee, for the Federation European Neuroscience Society (FENS) Forum 2010.

October 2009                    Visitation committee, PhD student board, for the recognition and prolongation of the ONWA-R Graduate school (Graduate school Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam).

November 2008                The Young Academy On Wheels: Bringing science to high schools. Scientists from The Young Academy (“De Jonge Akademie”) of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) and selected PhD-students visit high schools in a school bus, to give high school students a memorable scientific day.

2008 – 2011                       Graduate school Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam (ONWA-R) PhD-student retreat organizing committee.

2004 – 2005                       Student-Board (vice-president) of the Faculty of Psychology and Education (FPP), VU University.

2003 – 2004                       Board function in the Union for Psychology and Education Students of the Free University (VSPVU).

Throughout the years:      Several departmental social committees.

Methodological & technical research skills

Neuroimaging modalities: functional (resting-state, task-based), structural, diffusion MRI

Neuroimaging data analysis: Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM), FMRIB Software Library (FSL), Lipsia, Brain-Connectivity Toolbox, DARTEL-VBM

Behavioral data analysis & statistics: IBM-SPSS (advanced frequentist statistics), JASP (Bayesian statistics), TAPAS toolbox (Reinforcement learning computational modeling, Bayesian inference)

General programming skills:  Linux, Matlab

Language skills

Dutch:                   native

English:                 fluent / scientific level

German:               highly proficient / professional level

Italian:                  basic knowledge

Hungarian:           basic knowledge