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I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain (BPP) Lab, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine since July 2021. Under the supervision of Laura Simons I am researching the neuropsychological mechanisms underlying chronic pain in pediatric populations. Previously, I have conducted research at the Center for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology (CLEP) at KU Leuven, Belgium (2018-2021). Funded by the ERC project of Tom Beckers (WipeOutFear) we investigated neural and physiological markers related to the attenuation of fear memories. My PhD research was conducted at the Research Group on Health Psychology (OGP) at KU Leuven and the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience of Maastricht University (The Netherlands) under the joint supervision of Johan Vlaeyen, Rainer Goebel, Ann Meulders, and Amanda Kaas (2013-2018). During this time we investigated fear learning processes and neural networks related to painful touch.
My main research interests are in the field of chronic pain and learning. I am interested in understanding how processes related to learning can contribute to the development, spreading, and treatment of chronic pain. I am especially interested in understanding how fear and pain interact across complex brain networks.