• Ms L.D. (Lisa) Wijsen MSc

    Chair / Psychological Methods

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During the Research Master Psychology at the UvA I did a major in methodology, but also developed an interest in philosophy of science. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the Methodology Department, on a project supervised by Prof. dr. Denny Borsboom. In this project, the aim is to develop a history of psychometrics. We will use philosophy of science to improve our understanding of certain turning points or paradigm shifts in the history of psychometrics and thereby gain more insight in the methods we use today.

  • Ms M.K. (Marie) Deserno MSc

    Policy / Brain and Cognition
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I am a methodologist and I started my PhD at the department of Brain and Cognition of the University of Amsterdam and the Dr. Leo Kannerhuis in October 2014 under supervision of Prof. Dr. Hilde Geurts, Prof. Dr. Denny Borsboom and Dr. Sander Begeer. In my PhD-project, I focus on critical risk and success factors for well-being of people with autism spectrum (ASD) using relatively novel network analysis techniques to investigate the architecture of functional and causal mechanisms underlying these factors. As a member of PsAiKo, I want to make sure that we create an educational platform where PhDs can learn from interdisciplinary talks, where speakers share (opposing) perspectives on scientific matter and most importantly, where we are challenged to engage in theorizing about probing scientific questions.


I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Brain & Cognition) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011. Two years later, I obtained research master degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical & Health Psychology (Cum Laude) at the University of Leiden. Since January 2014, I’ve been working as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Michiel van Elk at the University of Amsterdam.

The aim of my PhD project is to investigate the psychological foundations and neurological correlates of supernatural beliefs, which encompasses both religious and spiritual beliefs. Current research topics are agency detection, absorption, credibility enhancing displays, suggestibility and theory of mind.

More information regarding my research projects can be found on the religion cognition website and the website of the Amsterdam uncertainty lab. Finally, I am chairman of the ASPO dissertation prize committee.


  • Ms C.J.M. (Carlijn) Wibbelink MSc

    Clinical Psychology

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I have obtained a master’s degree in Forensic Child and Youth Care Sciences and a research master’s degree in Child Development and Educational Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). I started my PhD project at the UvA in June 2015 under supervision of Prof. Arnoud Arntz and Prof. Jan Henk Kamphuis. The aim of the project is to optimize treatment selection among borderline personality disorder patients by examining characteristics that predict (differential) treatment response across Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) and Schema Therapy ST. In addition, (differential) change processes will be investigated, as well as the comparative efficacy of MBT and ST.

  • Mr T.J. (Tycho) Dekkers MSc

    Developmental Psychology

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After finishing my Research Master Psychology at the UvA, I started as a PhD student at the department of Developmental Psychology. My project is about decision making in adolescents with ADHD, supervised by Prof. Dr. Hilde Huizenga, Prof. Dr. Arne Popma en Dr. Brenda Jansen. My PhD project is combined with clinical work at the department of behavioral disorders of De Bascule (an institution for child- and adolescent psychiatry), and I am currently attending the “GZ-opleiding” at Rino Utrecht.

Former members

Alexander SaviTess den Uyl / Abe Hofman / Daniela Becker / Renate van de VenInna Arnaudova /  Angelos Krypotos / Özüm Saygi /  Sacha Epskamp / David Neville /  Hannah Nohlen /  Carly Sweegers /  Maurice Topper / Marieke Bos /  Ilja Sligte /  Dilene van Campen /  Iris Schneider /  Jessie Koen /  Angélique Cramer /  Rogier Kievit / Hans van der Baan / Nathalie Boot / Lisanne Pauw / Tim de Wilde

Published by  Psychologie

9 February 2017