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Melle van der Molen

Assistant Professor

Dr. M.J.W. van der Molen
+31 71 527 6042

Short CV

Melle van der Molen is assistant professor in the Developmental and Educational Psychology unit of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. He obtained his master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam in 2007. In 2011 he obtained his PhD from the same University under supervision of Prof. K. Richard Ridderinkhof and Dr. Ger J.A. Ramakers. In his PhD project, entitled “Profiling fragile X syndrome in males: A psychophysiological and neuropsychological approach” , he focused on the repercussions of genetic abnormalities on brain development and cognitive function in fragile X syndrome. In 2011 he moved to Leiden University for a post-doc position on profiling neurocognitive endophenotypes of social anxiety disorder under supervision of Prof. Michiel Westenberg.

CV in pdf


His current work lies at the intersection between developmental cognitive neuroscience and clinical psychology. A key denominator of his work is employing a multimethod approach - combining behavioral and neuroimaging assessments, as well as advanced statistical methods (e.g., network analyses). A goal is to discover reliable transdiagnostic markers that will aid in understanding the etiology of psychological disorders.


  • Coordinator of Psychodiagnostics (Bachelor, year 2) 
  • Coordinator of Gene-environment interactions in developmental psychopathology (Research Master) 
  • Bachelor project (supervisor) 
  • Honours research bachelor project (supervisor) 
  • Master thesis (supervisor) 
  • Research internship (supervisor)


  • NWO Poster Prize (1st place)


Supervised PhD candidates

  • Anita Harrewijn, Shy parent, shy Child? Delineating psychophysiological endophenotypes of social anxiety disorder, 2018

Relevante links

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Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B44



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