Melle van der Molen, PhD



Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6042
E-Mail: m.j.w.van.der.molen@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B44


“In characterizing genetic and environmental determinants of cognitive function, it is critically important to study both typical and atypical development”

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.

His current research focuses on the characterization of endophenotypes of social anxiety disorder by incorporating electrocortical and neuroimaging methods (EEG, fMRI), physiological indices, and cognitive-behavioral measures.  His research is part of the Social Anxiety and Normal Development Laboratory (SAND lab) of Prof. Michiel Westenberg.

For a full description of his research program, cv and recent publications, please visit his personal website

Last Modified: 13-01-2016