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Alumni Perspectives

This year we will organise an new career event for our Master students: Alumni Perspectives.

On Thursday evening 14 June from 19.30 to 22.00 at the Drielandenpunt UNS40, you  will have the opportunity to talk to our alumni (in groups of max. 5 students). You can get a better impression of your career path, and discover new future options . There will be four rounds of 15 minutes each. Afterwards, there will be drinks. 

Please register for this event by clicking here.  Please choose in every round 1 alumnus/alumna you would like to talk to.  We look forward to welcome you!

For more information please contact Wendy Beuken, alumni -officer via alumni-fpn@maastrichtuniversity.nl

The following alumni will be present:

    Bart Zuidberg

2003 - 2007 Bachelor Cognitive Psychology - Maastricht University
2007 - 2008 Master Psychology and Law - Maastricht University
2008 - 2012 Master of Criminal Investigation - Dutch Police Academy
2012 - 2016 Detective in multiple criminal investigations - Dutch Police
2016 - now Investigative psychologist - Dutch Police
2018 - now Postmaster education criminal psychologist - RINO group
  Martijn van Beers

I am Martijn van Beers, 23 years old and currently in the second year of my PhD at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, within NUTRIM. Before starting here, I graduated in Psychology at the university of Tilburg (bachelor) in 2015 and Neuropsychology at the UM (master) in 2016.
In my PhD project, I am trying to improve the cognition of patients with COPD, firstly through a working memory training developed at the psychology department, and in a later study also through nutritional supplements. Although the switch from neuropsychology to respiratory medicine seems quite large and not straightforward, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in the last few years.
  Jocelyn Tang

Course: Master in Psychology, Work & Organisational Psychology track Year: 2016-2017

Career Experiences: Trainee, Global HR Operations & Solutions in DSM:

- Monitor and report progress of improvement projects across recruitment, sharepoint and organizational management
- Support in developing and deploying communication plans to stakeholders on improvements

Junior Reward Analyst, People team in Liberty Global (broadband company):
- Perform benchmarking exercises for roles across organization
- Run end-to-end global mobility process for company expatriates

- Participate in reward projects by generating and analyzing trends in global mobility data for senior management
  Anja Čuš

Anja Čuš is a second year PhD student at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. After having completed her Psychology Studies in Slovenia and Health and the Social Psychology master programme at the University of Maastricht, she worked as a health co-worker at the National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia where she recommended measures to improve the mental health of young people in Slovenia. Her PhD project focuses on developing digital interventions for young people who engage in self-harming behaviours. At the moment, she is expanding her knowledge on resilience strategies, third-wave CBT approaches and technology enabled solutions through undertaking an international secondment at the Anna Freud Centre in London.

I grew up in Slovenia, fairly close to the Austrian, Hungarian and Croatian border. In this area, I learned early how different cultural contexts shape people. As a consequence, I developed a fascination for different behaviours and started studying Psychology. To follow my interest in working with people from different cultural backgrounds, I concluded my studies by specializing in Health and Social Psychology in Maastricht – in another cross-cultural tri-border area.

I am especially interested in improving people’s health with psychological insights. During my studies I developed an online intervention for body-dissatisfied women and implemented suicide prevention workshops for young people. Thereby, I could observe how well-designed interventions support people in living a meaningful and productive life.
In 2017, I started the Mental Health and Behavioural Medicine doctoral programme at the Medical University of Vienna. My PhD project explores the potential of digital interventions to reduce self-harming behaviour in adolescents. At the moment, I am undertaking an international secondment at the Anna Freud Centre in London, a charity known for its evidence-based programs and shaping policy in England. There, I learn about resilience strategies, third wave CBT approaches and technology enabled solutions.

My research is part of TEAM (Technology Enabled Mental Health for Young People) that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 722561.
  Alejandra De La Fuente Vilar

My name is Alejandra De La Fuente Vilar, I’m an alumna from the Forensic Psychology master. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Legal Psychology, working in the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University. Also, I am affiliated with the University of Gothenburg and Portsmouth. My research focuses on investigative interviewing of uncooperative witnesses.

I am interested in how some psychological aspects, such as communication, cooperation and memory, influence information-gathering during a police interview. To examine these topics, my research activities involve reviewing criminal cases, interviewing police officers, devising and running psychological experiments, supervising students, writing manuscripts, attending conferences; all along moving between three countries: Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden.
  Nick van der Sluiszen
 I am currently a PhD student at the department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University. My research focusses on assessing driving performance and neurocognitive skills in patients receiving long-term medicinal drug treatment. Originally, I intended to study medicine to become a forensic pathologist. Unfortunately, I did not pass the lottery system (i.e. numerus fixus). Subsequently, I started my Bachelor study in Psychology at Maastricht University. Afterwards, I applied for the research master program in cognitive neuroscience and investigated the influence of affective images on the processing of pain stimulation at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. As a PhD student, I have obtained several awards, appeared in national media and served as a speaker during four international conferences.
  Job van den Hurk
Job van den Hurk is cognitive neuroscientist. After his Bsc in psychology and Msc in cognitive neuroscientist, he obtained his PhD at Maastricht University for his research on higher order visual processing. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, where he investigated how visual brain regions of congenitally blind people are functionally organized.

He mainly uses functional and structural MRI as neuroimaging methods, and unravels the data using computational modeling and machine learning techniques. At this moment, he works as neuroscientist and datascientist at ultra-high field MRI center Scannexus in Maastricht. Job is co-founder and editor-in-chief of award-winning scientific platform BrainMatters, which intends to make neuroscience accessible to the broader public. He also writes blogs and articles for the writer’s collective Kaf.online, gives lectures about the brain and science at science café’s, museums, schools and conferences.

Last modified: Mon, 15/03/2021 - 11:27

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