Marieke is assistant professor in developmental psychology at Leiden University. Her research focuses on understanding why mental health problems often emerge during adolescence. She aims to unravel new insights in neurobiological mechanisms underlying the etiology of psychopathology and to form the groundwork to optimize prevention and intervention programs for youth at risk for mental health problems. In her research she combines methods from experimental psychopathology and developmental cognitive neuroscience.
Marieke has a background in Psychology, and obtained her PhD with prof. dr. Merel Kindt and prof. dr. Tom Beckers at the University of Amsterdam. In her PhD research she examined the plasticity of emotional memories. She then moved to Leiden for her first post-doc period with prof. dr. Carolien Rieffe to study the development of psychopathology in youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In March, 2016, Marieke joined the B&D center as a post-doc were she studied the relation between structural brain development and psychopathology in adolescence.