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Principal Investigator

Melle J.W. van der Molen, PhD

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

Ph.D. candidate

Elise Kortink, MSc

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.

Research Intern

Selin Topel, BSc

I received my B. A. In psychology from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. I am currently a Research Master’s student in developmental psychology at Leiden University. My research interests include topics related to social cognition and developmental psychopathology. At the moment, I am involved in the Changing Minds in Social Anxiety project as a research apprentice at the CoDAP lab. 

Thesis student

Emma Holden, BSc

I am a Master student studying the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology course at Leiden University. My thesis has allowed me to work in the CoDAP Lab, for the Changing Minds project. I am interested in exploring clinical disorders, both behaviorally and neurologically. Currently, I am researching the differences of neurophysiology in anxiety populations.

Thesis student

Didier Ching, BSc

I am a clinical neuropsychology masters student in Leiden. I am currently involved as a research intern with the Changing Minds project. I have a keen interest in neuropsychological disorders and their neurological underpinnings. I am working on understanding the neurological properties of social anxiety

Thesis student

Suze Bik, BSc

I am studying the master Child and Adolescent Psychology at Leiden University. For my thesis, I work for the Changing Minds project in the CoDAP Lab. I am interested in the cognitive aspects of clinical disorders. I am researching the information processing biases of socially anxious people


Ph.D. candidates

Anita Harrewijn (2013-2017; currently a postdoc with Nathan Fox & Daniel Pine)


Research master students

Sophie Sweijen (2017-2018; currently research assistant Leiden University)

Eefje Poppelaars (2013-205; currently Ph.D. candidate U. Salzburg)

Laura Dekkers (2012; currently a postdoc with Eus van Someren, NIN)

Sanne van Luenen (2012; currently a Ph.D. candidate at Leiden University)

Evelien Urbanus (2015; currently a Ph.D. candidate at Leiden University)

Sanne Dijkstra (2018)


Professional master students

Lili Collot D'Escury (2019)

Andrea Simková (2019)

Slobodanka Peshovska (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

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 alumni