My research interests have been shaped by my studies of Health & Social Psychology (MSc) at Maastricht University with a strong focus on designing and carrying out research that can serve as the foundation of intervention programmes. I received my BSc in Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University (UK) where I first became interested in researching socio-economic health disparities. In addition, I have a background in German Law (Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universitaet Bonn, Germany). Things I enjoy include hiking in the mountains, dancing to Swing music (Lindy Hop) and playing the cello. You can get in touch via e-mail and LinkedIn.
I'm a PhD-candidate at the Department of Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety (Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences). My research focusses on risk-taking, health-behaviours and other behavioural tendencies that can drive socio-economic health disparities and contribute to premature morbidity-mortality. I’m especially interested in the impact of Early Life Stress (or Early Adversity) on health-behaviour, risk-taking and decision-making. My theoretical framework is mainly informed by evolutionary-developmental psychology perspectives. To better investigate the factors that influence (risky) decision-making, my colleagues from the BMS LAB and I are developing innovative methods for behavioural assessment of risk-taking and decision-making using Virtual Reality.
This video introduces my latest project on using Virtual Reality to investigate decision-making behaviour in different neighbourhood environments.
My work was presented at conferences of the Association for Research in Psychology and Health, the European Health-Psychology Society, the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association, the Association of Social Psychology Researchers and the Kurt Lewin Institute.
My project is a cooperation between University of Twente and Maastricht University. My supervisors are Marielle Stel (UT-PCRS), Iris van Sintemaartensdijk (UT-PCRS), Karlijn Massar and Robert Ruiter (both at Department of Work and Social Psychology, Maastricht University).
Within the Department of Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety, my work aligns with the theme “The Antecedents of Risky, Antisocial and Criminal Behavior”.
Within the Department of Work and Social Psychology (Applied Social Psychology) at Maastricht University my work aligns with the research line “Socio-Economic Health Inequities”.
From 2018 to 2019 I was a PhD-candidate in the ERC-funded project 'Crime & Time' at the Department of Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety. The project focussed on the question if adverse socio-environmental factors during childhood - such as experiencing violence and having criminal/delinquent peers - have an effect on long-term and short-term decision-making. The project used longitudinal data on the life-course development of violence and crime from The Zurich Project on the Social Development from Childhood to Adulthood (z-proso).
My research interests include:
decision-making; health behaviour; risk-taking; anti-social behaviour; temporal discounting; evolutionary-developmental psychology; social cognition
Experimental designs and statistical methods that I'm currently using or have used in the past:
Virtual Reality; Structural Equation Modelling; longitudinal data analysis and modelling; event-related designs/decision-making experiments using fMRI; EEG; heart-rate; skin-conductance; taste and hedonic perception.