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Contact information

Dr. Vera E. Heininga
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Developmental Psychology — Department Developmental Psychology
Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, 9712 TS Groningen
The Netherlands
E-mail: v.e.heininga@rug.nl

OSF ID: osf.io/7n4qu
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0889-8524

Current positions

  • Interdisciplinary postdoctoral researcher with a focus on Deficits, Distress, and Disorders, University of Groningen

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences, University of Leuven

Peer-reviewed publications (8); chronological order

Heininga, V.E., Dejonckheere, E., Houben, M., Obbels, J., Sienaert, P., Leroy, B., Van Roy, J., Kuppens, P. (2019) The dynamical signature of anhedonia in Major Depressive Disorder: Positive emotion dynamics, reactivity, and recovery. BMC Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-018-1983-5;

Van Roekel, E., Heininga, V. E., Vrijen, C., Snippe, E., & Oldehinkel, A. J. (2019) Reciprocal associations between positive emotions and motivation in daily life: Network analyses in anhedonic individuals and healthy controls. Emotion, 19(2), 292. DOI: 10.1037/emo0000424.

  • DOI Preprint: 10.31234/osf.io/tdnws.
  • High Altmetric Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (84th percentile), calculated on Sept 3 (2019).

Heininga V.E., van Roekel E., Wichers M., Oldehinkel A.J. (2017) Reward and punishment learning in daily life: A replication study. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0180753.

Heininga, V.E., van Roekel, E., Ahles J., Oldehinkel A., Mezulis, A. (2017). Positive affective functioning in anhedonic individuals’ daily life: Anything but flat and blunted. Journal of Affective Disorders, 218, 437445. DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2017.04.029.

  • Data and Code: DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/YFESJ.
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (82nd percentile), calculated on Sept 3 (2019).

van Roekel, E., Vrijen, C., Heininga, V.E., Masselink, M., Bos, E., Oldehinkel, A.J. (2017). An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Trial of Personalized Lifestyle Advice and Tandem Skydives as a Means to Reduce Anhedonia. Behavior Therapy, 48 (1), 76-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.09.009.

van Roekel, E., Masselink, M., Vrijen, C., Heininga V.E., Bak, T., Nederhof, E., & Oldehinkel, A. J. (2016). Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial to explore the effects of personalized lifestyle advices and tandem skydives on pleasure in anhedonic young adults. BMC psychiatry, 16(1), 182. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-0880-z.

  • High Altmetric Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (87th percentile), calculated on Sept 3 (2019).

Heininga V.E., Oldehinkel A.J., Veenstra R., Nederhof E. (2015). I Just Ran a Thousand Analyses: Benefits of Multiple Testing in Understanding Equivocal Evidence on Gene-Environment Interactions. PLoS One, 10 (5), 0-0. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0125383.

  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (80th percentile), calculated on Sept 3 (2019).

Schuringa E., Heininga V.E, Spreen M., Bogaerts S. (2016). Concurrent and Predictive Validity of the Instrument for Forensic Treatment Evaluation: From Risk Assessment to Routine, Multidisciplinary Treatment Evaluation. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1 (19), 0-0. DOI: 10.1177/0306624x16676100.

Altmetric Attention Score: compares the attention score with other output of the same age. A score in the 93rd percentile, for example, means that 93% of its publications scored the same or lower than it. Altmetrics data is provided by Altmetric.com, a research metrics company who track and collect the online conversations around millions of scholarly outputs.
Further information about how the Altmetric Attention Score is calculated is available here.

Open Science score: 50% of my research is free to read online. According to ImpactStory (i.e., total-impact.org, this level of availability puts me in the top 26% of openness by researchers. Moreover, 41% of my papers are published under a fully Open license like CC-BY, making them available for a wide range of reuse (not just reading). This important because Open Science is critical to accelerating the way we discover knowledge, and research funders are able to more quickly and efficiently maximize their return on investment.

Preprints (3)

Heininga, V. E., Nederhof, E., Van Roekel, E., Laceulle, O. M., & Oldehinkel, A. J. (preprint) Emotion-Based learning by Iowa and Bangor Gambling Tasks: Similar but not the same? In preparation for submission in Cognition and Emotion.

Heininga V.E., Dejonckheere E., Houben M., Kuppens P. (preprint) Sociomarkers of anhedonia in Major Depressive Disorder.

Masselink M., van Roekel E., Heininga V.E., Vrijen C., Oldehinkel A.J. (Submitted) Domains Of Pleasure Scale (DOPS): assessing pleasure across domains

Work in preparation, but not yet submitted/preprint (5)

Heininga, V. E., Stuijfzand, B., Bastiaansen, J.A.C.J., Oldehinkel, A.J., Vanpaemel, W, Tuerlinckx, F., Artner, R., Mason, A., & Munafò, M. (in preparation) Dealing with the Analytical Multiverse Using Cross-Classified Modeling. In preparation for submission in Collabra.

Heininga, V. E., van Roekel, E., & Oldehinkel, A. J. (in preparation) Loss of pleasure in daily life [translated from Dutch]. In preparation for submission in De Psycholoog.

Heininga, V.E., de Jonge, P. (in preparation) Psychosocial well-being across adulthood. In preparation for submission in Developmental Psychology.

Wessel, I., Albers, C.J., Heininga, V.E., Zandstra, A.R.E. (in preparation) A Multiverse Analysis of Early Attempts to Replicate Memory Suppression with the Think/No-Think task.

to be added: Meta-analysis childhood trauma by immunogetic SNPs on depression.

to be added: NFNG Tilburg?

Research stays abroad (1)

Valorization

Heininga, V.E., van Roekel, E., Vrijen, C., Masselink, M., Oldehinkel, A.J. (accepted). Emotions, depression and (loss of) pleasure in daily life [translated from Dutch]. In-Mind. https://nl.in-mind.org/

Heininga V.E. (2017). The happy, the sad, and the anhedonic: op weg naar het begrijpen van veranderd beloningsgerelateerd functioneren vanuit een micro-niveau perspectief. In: , GGzet Wetenschappelijk, (pp. 38-40) Lentis voorheen Stichting GGz Groningen, Zuidlaren.

Schuringa E., Heininga V.E., Spreen M. (2011). De N=1 statistiek achter het patiënt volgsysteem in het FPC Dr. S. van Mesdag. In: GGzet Wetenschappelijk, (pp. 70-77) Lentis voorheen Stichting GGz Groningen, Zuidlaren.

Media appearances

Regarding to first authored work (4)

04-12-2017, People with Anhedonia Do Experience Pleasure, Just Not As Often (in Dutch) (NWO)

09-12-2017, People with Anhedonia Do Experience Pleasure, Just Not As Often (in Dutch) (Neuroscience news)

22-05-2017, The Netherlands Research Integrity Network News

2018, Ziekten.nl, Wetenschappelijk nieuws

Regarding the “No Fun, No Glory”-Project I was part of (8)

17-01-2017, Maar jij lacht toch altijd? (AD)

30-11-2016, Plezier van parachutesprong duurt maar kort (Volkskrant)

19-11-2016, Parachutesprong maakt niet gelukkiger (Dagblad v/h Noorden)

16-11-2016, UMCG zet parachutesprong in bij onderzoek (Nationale Zorggids)

11-09-2015, Anhedonie is te genezen (Radio 1, Nieuwe Feiten, Belgische Openbare Omroep)

29-08-2015, Sprong voor vreugde (Volkskrant)

01-09-2013, Pleasure research: An interview with Tineke Oldehinkel (BCN Newsletter 92)

06-02-2013, Weer plezier door een bungeejump (KennisInZicht)

Invited talks (8)

  • Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation (ICPE) - University Medical Centre Groningen, on Rmarkdown, June 6 2019
  • Department of Developmental Psychology - Tilburg University, every child is different project, February 12 2019
  • Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences - Leuven University, on every child is different project, January 8 2019
  • Contextual Psychiatry - Leuven University, on the signature of anhedonia, April 23 2018
  • Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences - Leuven University, on anhedonia and the No Fun No Glory Project, April 17 2018
  • Department of Developmental Psychology - Tilburg University, Sociomarker paper, April 16 2018
  • Social studies - Hanze University of Applied Sciences, on anhedonia and the No Fun No Glory Project, 2017
  • Nursing - Hanze University of Applied Sciences, on anhedonia and the No Fun No Glory Project, 2017
  • Adolescent Cognition and Emotion (ACE) Lab - Seattle Pacific University (USA), on anhedoniaand the No Fun No Glory Project, July 2015

Scientific awards and nominations (9)

Total amount approximately €57.000,-

All personal, main applicant grants; Ordered by size

Post Doctoral Mandate

03-2017; €32.350,-
One year postdoctoral scholarships provided by the KU Leuven Internal Funds. The Internal Funds are divided to researchers on the basis of competition.

KNAW Ter Meulen grant

06-2017; €21.900,-
Grant from The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW in Dutch) for promising young researchers in paediatric or related areas of medicine. Divided on the basis op competition.

Pre registration challenge award

12-2018; $1.000,- (circa €910,-) The Preregistration Challenge was an education campaign supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The campaign included $1000 prizes for researchers who published the results of preregistered work.

ISRCAP Travel Scholarship

06-2015; $750,- (circa €650,-) Scholarship awarded by the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP), based on a presentation judged to be of outstanding quality.

PLOS Early Career Travel Award

01-2017; $500,- (circa €450,-) Program established to support opportunities for early career researchers to present their work and participate in the scientific dialogue.

ECNP Travel bursary Bristol

02-2017; £400,- (circa €450,-)
Selected by European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) for support of attendance at the 5-day residential course on advanced methods for reproducible science.

STAND thesis Award

09-2013; €250,-
The Andragogic Social Care Foundation (STAND in Dutch) Award is awarded to theses that promote academic initiatives to improve social work. My thesis involved a theoretical and practical integration of Forensic Social Network Analysis (FSNA) into social work practice.

Masterclass John P.A. Ioannidis

18-11-2016; participation
Selected by the Netherlands Research Integrity Network as one of the 9 excellent young researchers, to present their work at a masterclass hosted by the renowned Prof Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis.

Nomination Hannie Schaft Award

08-2013; Runner up
The Hannie Schaft award is awarded every two years to students who have written a final paper which speaks of social engagement.

Teaching and supervision

PhD level

  • Guest lectures, and workshops on Open Science

Postgraduate level

  • Teacher on responsible research practices Statistics 6 (Research Master level; co-developed the course)
  • Guest lectures on Open Science
  • 6 Psychology theses

Undergraduate level

  • Teacher “Research Methods: theory and ethics”
  • Teacher “Psychiatry Research” Medical Sciences 2014
  • Guest Lecture on lifestyle interventions in young adults “Interventions in individual development”
  • Teaching Assistent for “Statistics 1B”
  • Teaching Assistent for “Statistics 1A”

Membership board councils and committees

September 2019 - Present
Steering group ORCID University of Groningen / University Medical Centre Groningen

April 2019 - Present
Board Member of the Open Science Community Groningen
University of Groningen

March 2019 - present
Open Access Ambassador
University of Groningen

Jan 2019 - present
Work stress reduction committee - Department of Developmental psychology.
University of Groningen

Jan 2019 - present
Member of the Network of Young Enthusiastic Social Scientists - Behavioural and Social Sciences (YESS-BSS), which is a collaboration with members of the Young Academy Groningen (The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences - KNAW in Dutch). University of Groningen

Sept 2018 - 2019
Member of the Council of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, as representative of the academic staff (AAP-BAP-OP1-OP2).
KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium

Sept 2018 - 2019
Reserve representative of the academic staff of the Research group quantitative psychology and individual differences
Faculty of psychology and educational sciences, KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium

Sept 2018 - 2019 Member of the Educational Committee Master of Psychology: Theory and Research
KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Belgium

Other academic activities

  • Main founder the Open Science Community Groningen.
  • Organizer of interdiscplinary events within the Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty Groningen.
  • Organizer of “Weekend van de Wetenschap” Groningen, “Weekend van de Wetenschap” is a popular, large-scale national event that is intended to introduce people to science and attract a large audience.

Peer-review activities for academic journals

Note: I signed the DORA declaration

I performed review activities for the following journals:

  • Collabra
  • PLoS ONE
  • Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP)
  • Anxiety, Stress, & Coping; and
  • Psychological Bulletin

International Conferences

S=Organized Symposium; P=Poster; and O=Oral presentation.

    S P O
2019 Society Ambulatory Assessment (SAA) conference; Syracuse, NY   x x
  Society for Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS); NL      
  Winter School on Interdisciplinary Behavioural & Social Science; NL      
  Emotions Tilburg; NL      
         
2018 2nd Perspectives Scientific Error Workshop (PSE2), Groningen, NL     x
  The Consortium of European Research on emotion (CERE); Glasgow   x  
  Belgian-Dutch expert network meeting on ESM and mental health, Heerlen, NL   x  
  7th International Research Meeting in Leuven, Belgium   x  
         
2017 Society Ambulatory Assessment (SAA) conference; Luxembourg x x x
  International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP); NL   x  
         
2016 Research Found21ation-Flanders (FWO) conference; Leuven, Belgium x    
  Life History Research Society (LHRS) Meeting; NL   x  
  International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP); NL   x  
         
2015 International Dutch Neuroscientific Meeting (DNM); NL     x
  International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP); USA x x  
  Guest lecture Nursing, Hanze Hogeschool; NL      
  Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) conference; Belgium     x
         
2013 Gravitation program Consortium on Individual Development (CID); NL   x  
         

Membership of networks

2018 - present Society Ambulatory Assessment (SAA)
2018 - present Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS)

Education

2013 – 2017 PhD candidate Psychiatry
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

PhD Thesis:
Heininga V.E. (2017).The happy, the sad, and the anhedonic: Towards understanding altered reward function from a micro-level perspective. PhD Thesis: University of Groningen.

2011 – 2013 Research Master Behavioural and Social Science
Interuniversity Centre Social Sciences & Methodology (ICS) Specialization: Sociology

2010 – 2011 Pre-master programme BSc Sociology
University of Groningen (RUG)

2009 – 2010 First year BA Psychology (30 ECTS)
University of Groningen (RUG)

2006 – 2010 BSc Social Work
Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Language proficiencies

  • Dutch: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • Swiss-German: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English: Full professional proficiency

Programming experience

  • LaTeX
  • SPSS
  • Mplus
  • R
  • Rmarkdown