Iris obtained her research master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and her master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Leiden University (2018, cum laude). As a research intern in the Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon, she worked on an fMRI study about social influences on adolescents’ risky decision-making. In the Brain and Development Research Center (BDRC), she did her thesis on the neural correlates of self-conflict across adolescence and she worked as a research assistant on various fMRI studies. Iris also did a clinical internship focusing on psycho-diagnostics in children at an educational advising center (Haags Centrum voor Onderwijsadvies), where she obtained her Basisaantekening Psychodiagnostiek.
In January 2019 Iris started with her PhD project in the BDRC under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Berna Güroğlu and Dr. Anna van Duijvenvoorde. The focus of her PhD project is on the underlying behavioral and neural mechanisms of social learning and feedback processing in the context of adolescents’ peer relationships, such as friendship. In addition, Iris will examine the neural correlates of the role of friendship in reward processing in adolescents with an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).