Clinical and Health Psychology
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IntroductionI obtained my BA in Social Sciences from the University College Utrecht in the Netherlands in 2004 and my MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of Exeter in the UK in 2006. After driving to Ghana and working as a councillor in a school for children with behavioural problems I started a job as a research worker in the Eating Disorders Unit at the institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the UK in February 2008. I moved back to the Netherlands in autumn 2011 to continue my research at Altrecht Eetstoornissen Rintveld, and to start work at the University of Utrecht.
ResearchFrom 2008-2011 I worked at the Institute of Psychiatry in London (UK) where I completed my PhD 'Anxiety-related Processes in People with Anorexia Nervosa'. The studies in my PhD investigated whether the processes established to maintain anxiety in anxiety patients are relevant to anorexia nervosa patients and how they affect eating pathology. During my time at the IoP I was also lead researcher on a study testing an internet-based relapse prevention intervention for people who have just completed an inpatient treatment on anorexia nervosa. Since completing my PhD I have continues my research into anxiety-related processes in anorexia, particular focussing on Intolerance of Uncertainty and worry, and their role in the development and maintenance of AN. Next to these studies I am interested in cognitive flexibility, OCD and social anxiety and shared emotional and cognitive processes both in terms of psychological and neuropsychological factors. Next to doing research I work as a course coordinator of undergraduate Psychology courses such as Methods and Statistics: Research Methods (2 and 3), the Bachelor Thesis, and Diagnostic Assessments within Clinical Psychology, and I am involved in developing the master program Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Utrecht. I also supervise BSc and MSc students on their research projects and theses and students on their clinical internship. Next to my participation in the URGE group I am also collaborating with researcher of the Self-Regulation lab and the Experimental PsychoPathology group (EPP) at the department of Clinical and Healthy Psychology (UU) and with a number of international researchers in the field of eating disorders.
- Intellectual functioning of adolescent and adult patients with eating disorders.
- Mental capacity to consent to treatment and the association with outcome: a longitudinal study in patients with anorexia nervosa
- Eating disorders: the big issue.
- Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) as a treatment enhancer of eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
- Influence of negative affect on decision making in women with retrictive and binge-purge type anorexia nervosa.
- Drive for activity in patients with anorexia nervosa.
- The importance of distinguishing between the different eating disorders (sub)types when assessing emotion regulation strategies.
- Influence of negative affect on choice behavior in individuals with binge eating pathology.
- Longitudinal changes in the physical activity of adolescents with anorexia nervosa and their influence on body composition and leptin serum levels after recovery.
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