My research focuses on transgenerational transmission of common mental disorders and psychological interventions. This includes approaches to prevent common mental disorders during pregnancy and investigating the effects of common mental disorders and affect fluctuations during pregnancy on offspring.

In addition, my research is focused on investigating the current evidence for leading psychological theories that aim to account for relapse of depression. My work includes ecological momentary assessment trials, psychological interventions, randomized controlled trials, and various meta-analyses. I currently work at professor Claudi Bockting’s lab, location Amsterdam UMC (AMC), University of Amsterdam; and together with dr. Anja Lok (microbiome research).

For the most recent publications, go to my publications page.

 

Current Projects

Stop or Go study

Outpatient clinic for young adults with affective disorders

Investigation of the current evidence for psychological and biological theories of depression

 

International Presentations

November 2018 – Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 2018 convention. Washington D.C., USA. Symposium presentation and poster presentation. Symposium: Innovative Interventions for Perinatal Mood Disorders: Developing and Evaluating Strategies to Improve Maternal and Child Outcomes. Talk: Psychological Interventions for Common Mental Disorders During Pregnancy. Poster: Within-individual emotional changes during tapering or continuation of antidepressants during pregnancy: Results from a micro-trial.

June 2018 – Society for psychotherapy Research (SPR) 49th annual international meeting. Amsterdam, NL. Symposium presentation. Symposium: Towards sustainable treatment and relapse prevention for depression. Talk: Within-individual emotional changes during tapering or continuation of antidepressants during pregnancy: Results from a micro trial.

February 2018 – MQ Mental Health Science Meeting 2018. Londen, UK. Poster: Offspring outcomes after prenatal interventions for common mental disorders: A meta-analysis. Travel bursary received from MQ.

July 2017 – 15th European Congress of Psychology. Amsterdam, NL. Symposium: Are we on the right clinical track in research on etiological theories of depression? Talk: Evidence for psychological maintenance theories for relapse and recurrence.

October 2016 – Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 2016 convention. New York City, USA. Symposium presentation and poster presentation. Symposium: Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Pregnancy: Outcomes for Mother and Child. Talk: Preference of Relapse Prevention Strategy for Depression During Pregnancy. Poster: Stop or Go? Relapse Prevention Training With Guided Tapering of Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Study Protocol of a Pragmatic Multicenter Noninferiority Randomized Controlled Trial.

May 2015 – Symposium ‘Wetenschap in Beeld’. Utrecht University, Utrecht, NL. Co-organized the symposium and short presentation on the Stop or Go study.

September 2014 – EABCT 2014. Den Haag, NL. Symposium: Biased information processing in childhood anxiety. Talk: The Reciprocal Relationship between Confirmation Bias and Fear in Healthy Children.