Emotional memories are malleable and can be disrupted under certain conditions during memory reactivation, resulting in the memory becoming less emotionally salient. I am interested in translating findings from fear-conditioning experiments and early clinical work into an effective memory reconsolidation intervention for specific phobias, and in the later stages of my PhD for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
I graduated with from the University College Maastricht in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a concentration on Psychology (BSc, Cum Laude, with honors). I proceeded with my MSc in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University, with a specialization in Psychopathology, from which I recently graduated (Cum Laude). I conducted my Master’s Thesis research during a 1-year research internship at Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Richard J. McNally and Professor Tom Smeets. My time at the McNally lab sparked my interest in memory reconsolidation and the malleability of traumatic memories.