Suzanne van Veen MSc.

PhD candidate

Suzanne van Veen is a PhD Candidate at the department of Clinical Psychology (UU). From September 2016 to March 2017 she joins the lab of Dr. Michelle Craske (UCLA) as a Fulbright scholar. In her PhD project she investigates the working mechanisms of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective psychological treatment for patients suffering posttraumatic stress disorder. Her primary focus is to understand how aversive memories are affected by working memory taxation (e.g. eye movements) and to test if such techniques can be clinically optimized by individual adaptations. This project is funded by a TOP grant of ZonMw and supervised by Dr. Iris Engelhard and Dr. Marcel van den Hout. In collaboration with Dr. Craske (UCLA), Suzanne currently investigates the influence of mood on the effectivity of exposure treatment in individuals with fear of public speaking.

Suzanne works as a registered health care psychologist at the Child and Youth department of GGZinGeest. She is a level-2 EMDR therapist, a cognitive behavioral therapist in training and an editorial member of the Dutch Journal of Child and Youth Psychotherapy. Her main interest is bridging the gap between science and clinical practice.