Many psychological interventions target emotional memory as an underlying factor to promote symptom relief in patients. However, instead of being the mechanism of action, emotional memory is perhaps only a theoretical construct that provides a strong rationale for clinical scientist and practitioners. Such a view would align with the network model of psychopathology, where mental disorders are conceptualised as dynamic networks of interacting symptoms without an underlying latent entity. In my PhD project, I investigate the function of emotional memory from the latent-factor and network theory approaches. My project is a part of the New Science of Mental Disorders (NSMD) consortium and is supervised by Prof. Dr. Merel Kindt, Prof. Dr. Arnoud Arntz and Dr. Tessa Blanken.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology at Emory University (GA) in 2019. I worked as a research specialist in the Dilks Lab, where I collaborated on behavioral and imaging studies on visual and social perception. To gain more clinical focus, I pursued a Research Master’s degree in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2022, cum laude). Due to my interest in translational research, I conducted my thesis on the effectiveness of psychological interventions on ethnic and racial minority groups and worked as a researcher in meta-analytic projects under the supervision of Prof. dr. Pim Cuijpers, before I joined the Amsterdam Emotional Memory Lab in November 2022.