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Verena Ly

Policy Officer

Dr. V. Ly
+31 71 527 4580

Verena Ly completed a Research Master in Clinical and Health Psychology at Leiden University in 2010. Supported by a personal Mosaic grant from the NWO, she performed her PhD research (2010-2014) supervised by Karin Roelofs and Roshan Cools at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. She spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Karakter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University Centre/Radboudumc (2014-2016) working with Jan Buitelaar and Nanda Rommelse. In September 2016, she returned to Leiden University, where she is now working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology.


My research focuses on the interaction between affect and instrumental behavior in healthy and psychiatric populations. Furthermore, I am interested in the effects of stress and controllability on these fundamental decision making processes and how these fundamental processes play a role in more complex social decisions. The ultimate aim of my research is to provide an empirical basis for the improvement of treatment for psychiatric disorders by increasing our understanding of mechanisms underlying functional and dysfunctional behaviors. For my work, I employ neuropsychological tests, interventional studies, fMRI, transcranial stimulation, posturography and physiological measurements.

Awards and Grants

  • NWO Stimuleringsfonds Open Access Publications (2014)

Funding for open access publications (€960)

  • NWO Mosaic grant (2010-2014)

Personal grant from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for four-year PhD research (€200.000)

  • Travel award (2013)

Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making Conference 2013, Princeton, Princeton University (960 USD)

  • Divisional Scholarship (2010)

Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford (declined when I obtained the NWO Mosaic grant)

  • Grants obtained for 6-months research internship at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford (€3000 total) (2009): Erasmus Beurs, Hersenstichting (Netherlands Brain Foundation), Stichting Studiefonds Bemolt, Curatorenfonds, Leids Universiteits Fonds, Outbound Study Grant

For more information please visit my personal homepage.


Policy Officer

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Instituutsbureau Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B49



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