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Melle J.W. van der Molen, PhD

Principal Investigator

I am an assistant professor in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Psychology at Leiden University and principal investigator at the CoDAP lab. My work lies at the intersection between developmental cognitive neuroscience and clinical psychology. A key denominator of my work is employing a multi-method approach - combining behavioral and neuroimaging assessments, as well as advanced statistical methods. I aim at discovering reliable transdiagnostic markers that will aid in understanding the etiology of psychological disorders


Biosketch and CV


Elise Kortink, MSc

Ph.D. candidate

I am a PhD candidate for the Developmental and Educational Psychology at Leiden University and enthusiastic member of the CoDAP lab. My PhD project (i.e., the Changing Minds project), funded by an NWO Research Talent grant, aims to identify subgroups of people, characterized by similarities in personality, environmental, physiological and behavioral responses in various social contexts. These subgroups, or ‘symptom-profiles’ should help indicate who is at risk for developing social anxiety disorder in adolescence. I am particularly interested in examining potential differences in a brain mechanism involved during social learning and behavioral responses to uncertain social situations.


Hanjie Liu, MSc

Ph.D. candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate for the Developmental and Educational Psychology unit at Leiden University and a member of the CoDAP lab. I received my MSc in developmental psychopathology from Durham University and a BSc in mathematics from Purdue University. My Ph.D. project focuses on investigating the functional brain network changes during reinforcement learning in socially anxious individuals. I am interested in using machine learning methods to examine this learning process and I hope to provide insights into the mechanisms underlying the cognitive biases in social anxiety.


Selin Topel, MSc


I am a research collaborator in the CoDAP lab and a PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology unit at Leiden University. I received my M.Sc. (Research) in Developmental Psychology from Leiden University and hold a B.A. in Psychology from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. In the CoDAP lab, I work on the Changing Minds project, and I am interested in understanding the mechanisms involved in feedback processing and learning in social evaluative contexts. As part of the interdepartmental Social Resilience and Security Program, my PhD project - co-supervised by Prof. Ellen de Bruijn, Dr. Anna van Duijvenvoorde, and Dr. Henk van Steenbergen - will focus on the relationship between resilience, uncertainty, and cognitive flexibility.

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Louise van de Breevaart, BSc

Thesis student

I am a  student from the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Master at Leiden University and I am carrying out my master thesis project within the Changing Minds project. My research interests include the fields of Clinical Neuropsychology and Developmental Psychology. The Changing Minds project allows me to study the neurophysiological and behavioral effects of performance-related feedback in people with different levels of social anxiety. 


Iga Skorupska, BSc

Thesis student

I am doing my Master's thesis internship at CoDAP lab, focusing on analyzing EEG-derived brain functional connectivity in the context of feedback learning. I am a Systems Biology Master's student at Maastricht University and got my Bachelor's degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence from the same university. My research focus will be to use data science techniques to explore the differences in functional brain connectivity during feedback learning, considering social anxiety symptoms. This will hopefully provide more insight into the differences in physiological mechanisms underlying social anxiety.


Kyra L'Amie, BSc

Thesis student

I am a student of the School Psychology Master at Leiden University. I did the bachelor applied psychology at the Applied University in Leiden with a specialization in developmental psychology. I am very interested in the development of children and adolescents in schools and the dynamics they have with their peers. Following on from this, I think it is important that every child has the opportunity to develop its potential. I do research within the Changing Minds Project for my master’s thesis. I want to investigate the behavioral effects of performance-related feedback and social feedback. Hopefully I can use my findings and translate this into practice.

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Caroline Zanders, BSc

Thesis student

I am a master’s student specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Leiden University. During my master’s I became fascinated by the developmental aspects of psychology. I am interested in how cognitions and behavior develop over time. Also, the constant interaction between children and adolescents and their environment creates an interesting research field. I am excited to learn more about these topics in the Changing Minds Project. For my master’s thesis I will examine the development of feedback-based learning during adolescence and the effect social anxiety has on this development.


Simge Nur Sarikaya, BSc

Thesis student & Lab manager

I am currently pursuing my master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience & Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Padova. My research interests broadly cover social, affective neuroscience, and computational modeling of cognition. During my Erasmus+ mobility at CoDAP Lab, I will work on computational modeling of reinforcement learning in the context of social evaluation within the Changing Minds Project for my master’s thesis.


Birte Steinberg

Honours Bachelor student

As a Bachelor's student in Psychology at Leiden University, I am working on the Changing Minds in Anxiety project for my Honors Bachelor's Thesis. My interests include Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, and Developmental Psychology. Due to the project, I will be able to combine these areas and examine how brain activity correlates with social anxiety symptoms during feedback learning.


Ph.D. candidates

Anita Harrewijn (2013-2017; assistant professor Erasmus University, Rotterdam)


Research master students

Sanyogita Khare (2020-2021); currently a Ph.D. student at Radboud University)

Selin Topel (2018-2020; currently a Ph.D. student at Leiden University)

Fenna Mensonides (2018-2019)

Sophie Sweijen (2017-2018; currently a Ph.D. student at SYNC-lab)

Elise Kortink  (2016-2018; currently a Ph.D. student at CoDAP-lab)

Evelien Urbanus (2015; assistant professor at Free University, Amsterdam

Eefje Poppelaars (2013-2015; Received Ph.D. from U. Salzburg 2020, currently data scientist)

Laura Dekkers (2012; received Ph.D. from UvA, currently a practicing psychologist)

Sanne van Luenen (2012; assistant professor at Leiden University)

Professional master students

Kalina Nikolova (2022)

Clarissa Kölgen (2022)

Noor Nabuurs (2021)

Nadina Nugter (2021)

Laura van Toor (2021)

Robin Lubbe (2021)

Lisa Glorie (2021)

Noor Nabuurs (2021)

Nadine Nugter (2021)

Didier Ching (2021)

Emma Holden (2021)

Suze Bik (2020)

Lili Collot D'Escury (2019)

Andrea Simková (2019)

Slobodanka Peshovska (2019)

Niklas Schutter (2019)

Sander Buuron (2019)

Sinead Craddock (2018)

Amber Feher (2018)

Styliani Kountzaki (2018)

Arja Roeleveld (2018)

Mine Tashan (2018)

Konstantina Mataftsi (2017)

Marina Sitarenios (2017)

Manouk Vernij (2017)

Sabina Weistra (2017)

Raluca Gatej (2016)

Miranda Lutz (2016)

Deborah Noorlander (2016)

Femke Jongejan (2015)

Julia Dijkman (2014)

Charlotte Hiemstra (2014)

Kainah Marx (2014)

Dimitra Nikolakou (2014)

Denise Roest (2014)

Caroline van Hartingsveldt (2013)

Laura Sakka (2013)

Lena Zachou (2013)

Honors research bachelor students

Louise van den Breevaart (2020-2021)

Klara Wiezcorke (2020-2021)

Christin Kuehner (2019-2020)

Siobhan Hyde (2018-2019)

Lisa Straetmans (2017-2018)

Sophie Sweijen (2016-2017)

Tessel Derckx (2015-2016)

Ninke van den Berge (2014-2015)

Elise Kortink (2013-2014)

Eefje Poppelaars (2012-2013)


*Please contact me if your name is not on this list and you are an alumnus


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