I am an associate professor in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology at Leiden University.
I am broadly interested in how adolescent learning and decision making is related to brain development and shaped by social contexts. These interest translate in my studies on how learning opportunities emerge in social environments, such as school classes, and how adolescent risk- and reward sensitivity is shaped by others, such as the presence of peers. With my work I aim to contribute to adolescent’s healthy development and academic resilience.
In my research I make use of behavioral experiments, daily assessments, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging and longitudinal designs.