Passionate about scientific research
Where did you study?
I received a broadly oriented education at University College Maastricht, where I quickly discovered my passion for doing scientific research. I further developed this interest during my MSc Neuropsychology at Maastricht University, after which I started working at Kempenhaeghe, centre of expertise in epilepsy, sleeping disorders and neurocognition. Here I had the opportunity to experience the clinical as well as the scientific research side of psychology.
What interests you?
My research interests mainly revolve around the functionality of the brain and how human behaviour can be explained by studying this. I am fascinated by the idea of how the brain, a bodily organ of only 1.5-2 kilograms, can direct not only bodily functions but also the functionality of the human body in a bidirectional combination with the environment. Therefore, studying the link between human behaviour and a (non)-optimally functioning brain is a research topic in which I am strongly interested.
What is the subject of your PhD?
My research project and PhD focuses on studying treatment outcome of techniques such as neurofeedback and neuromodulation in patients with depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. More specifically, my research is focused on investigating whether certain EEG and sleep variables can predict treatment outcome. My PhD is in collaboration with Maastricht University and supervised by Prof. Alexander Sack. Next to this I am also involved in EEG and neuropsychological assessments.