Iris obtained her research master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and clinical master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Leiden University in August 2018 (cum laude). In the Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon, she worked as a research intern on a longitudinal fMRI study about the social influences on risky decision-making in adolescents involved in foster care. During her thesis in the Brain and Development Research Center (BDRC), she focused on the neural and behavioral correlates of self-conflict across adolescence. Iris also did a clinical internship focusing on psycho-diagnostics in children at an educational advising center in the Hague (Haags Centrum voor Onderwijsadvies). Furthermore, she worked as a student assistant in the BDRC and helped out with various fMRI studies.
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 this project will be on the behavioral and neural correlates of the role of peer relations in social learning and risky decision-making in typically developing adolescents and adolescents with ADHD.