Selected publications (10 representative publications)

For a complete list, visit the publications page or Dr. Heeren's Google Scholar profile

1.  Heeren, A., Mogoaşe, C., Philippot, P., & McNally, R.J. (2015). Attention bias modification for social anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 76-90. 

IF2015=12.79; Q1; 2/121 in “Clinical Psychology”.


[This paper appears in the Web of Science's list of Highly Cited Papers* and appeared in the 2016-2017 Hot Papers** list ]

2. Heeren, A., Van Broeck, N., & Philippot, P. (2009). The effects of mindfulness training on executive processes and autobiographical memory specificity. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 403-409.

IF2009=4.20; Q1; 12/121 in “Clinical Psychology”.


[This paper appears in the Web of Science's list of Highly Cited Papers* and appeared in the 2010-2011 Hot Papers** list — Note that this paper reflects A. Heeren's undegraduate works (A. Heeren's first paper ever published)] 

3.  Billieux, J., Schimmenti, A., & Khazaal, Y., Maurage, P., & Heeren, A. (2015). Are we overpathologizing everyday life? A tenable blueprint for behavioral addiction research. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 4, 119-123.


IF2015=5.14; Q1; 16/276 in “Clinical Psychology”; 47/506 "Psychiatry and Mental Health". 

[This paper appears in the Web of Science's list of Highly Cited Papers* and appeared in the 2016-2017 Hot Papers** list. It received more than 10 commentaries (]


4.  Heeren, A., & McNally, R.J. (2016). An integrative network approach to social anxiety disorder: The complex dynamic interplay among attentional bias for threat, attentional control, and symptoms. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 42, 95-104.


IF2017=3.09; Q1; 18/127 in “Clinical Psychology”.

[This paper appears in the Web of Science's lists of Highly Cited Papers* and appeared in the 2017-2018 Hot Papers** list]

5. Heeren, A. Billieux, J., Philippot, P., de Raedt, R., Baeken, C., de Timary, P., Maurage, P., & Vanderhasselt, M.-A. (2017). Impact of transcranial direct current stimulation on attentional bias for threat: a proof-of-concept study among individuals with social anxiety disorder. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(2), 251–260. 

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IF2017=7.37; Q1; 18/252 in “Neuroscience”.

6.  Heeren, A.,  Jones, P. J., & McNally, R.J. (2018). Mapping network connectivity among symptoms of social anxiety and comorbid depression in people with social anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 228, 75- 82.

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IF2017=4.17; Q1; 27/142 in “Psychiatry”.

[This paper appeared in the 2019-2020 Hot Papers** Web of Science's list ]

7.  Heeren, A.,  Bernstein, E.E., & McNally, R.J. (2020). Bridging maladaptive social self-beliefs and social anxiety: A network perspective. Journal of Anxiety disorders, 74, 102267.


IF2020=5.26; Q1; 18/275 in “Clinical Psychology”.

8. Hoebeke, Y., Desmedt, O., Özçimen, B., & Heeren, A.  (2021). The Impact of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Rumination: A Systematic Review of the Sham-controlled Studies in Healthy and Clinical Samples. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 106, 15222.

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IF2021=3.73; Q1; 29/275 in “Clinical Psychology”.

[This paper reflects the work of a  PhD student working under A. Heeren's supervision]

9. Blanchard, M. A., Roskam, I. Mikolajczak, M., & Heeren, A. (2021). A network approach to parental burnout. Child Abuse & Neglect, 111, 104826.

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IF2021= 3.93; Q1; 3/47 in “Family Studies”; 3/44 in “Social Work”.

[M. A. Blanchard received, for this publication, the 2020 STAR Student Development Award—a PhD student paper competition for the best paper on stress and anxiety research from the Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, Resilience research society — this paper reflects the work of PhD student working under A. Heeren's supervision]


10. Coussement, C. & Heeren, A.  (2022). Sleep problems as a transdiagnostic hub bridging impaired attention control, generalized anxiety, and depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 296, 305–308. 

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IF2021=4.84; Q1; 19/275 in "Clinical Psychology"; 53/208 in "Clinical Neurology"

[This paper reflects the work of a  PhD student working under A. Heeren's supervision]

Generally, citations to papers peak in the second, third, or fourth year after publication, but some papers continue to be cited for many years. These papers are named "Highly Cited Papers" by Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) and reflect papers that belongs to the top 1% of highly cited papers in a research field published in a specified year.


 ** Papers generally reach their citation peak two, three, or four years after publication. A small group of papers, however, are recognized very soon after publication, reflected by rapid and significant numbers of citations. These papers are named "Hot  Papers" by Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) and represent papers  published in the past two years that received a number of citations in the most recent two-month period that places it in the top 0.1% of papers in a research field.