top of page

Lab Director

Alexandre Heeren, Ph.D.

alex.jpeg
logo_UCLouvain_format_png_RVB.png
FNRS

 

Hometown:  Thorembais-Saint-Trond, Belgium

Alexandre Heeren, Ph.D., is a Research Professor and FNRS Research Associate (tenured research fellowship from the F.R.S.-FNRS Belgian National Science Foundation) at the Psychological Science Research Institute of UCLouvain, Belgium, where he heads the Stress and Anxiety Research Lab

Dr. Heeren's research focuses on the cognitive and affective processes involved in anxiety and related psychopathology. He has (co)authored more than 100 publications in international peer-review journals, including several first-author papers in top-tier journals in the field  (e.g., Clinical Psychology ReviewJournal of Anxiety Disorders). His track record also includes books, book chapters, and articles specifically dedicated to practitioners. He is currently Associate Editor of Journal of Anxiety Disorders (IF=13.71). 

Dr. Heeren has been the recipient of several research grants, fellowships, and awards.  In recognition of his early career contributions to the study of stress and anxiety, he received the 2020 STAR Early Career Award from the Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience Society (STAR). According to the  PLOS Biology 2020 ranking of top scientists, he is among the top 5% scientists based on impact (subfields: “Clinical Psychology” & “Psychiatry”). 

Follow Dr. Heeren:

  • Twitter Social Icon
  • ererer_edited
  • sch
  • Publons
  • OSF
  • erer
  • LinkedIn Social Icon

Postdoctoral researchers  

Alba Contreras, Ph.D.

foto web _edited.jpg
  • sch
  • RG
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF
logo_UCLouvain_format_png_RVB.png

 

Hometown:  Malaga, Spain

 

Alba Contreras is a postdoctoral research fellow. She first completed a Master's program in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Malaga (Spain) and then obtained in 2020 her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). Her research has focused on the network approach to psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on assessing the dynamic interplay between transdiagnostic processes, such as emotion dysregulations, interpersonal processes, paranoia, and maladaptive beliefs. She has also been involved in several large projects on resilience and emotion regulation research. At UCLouvain, she focuses on temporal network approaches to emotional responses and worries when dealing with uncertain stressors (e.g., climate change; laboratory-induced stressors). She is also interested in meta-science and research methods (e.g., time-series, ecological sampling methods). She can be reached at alba.contreras@uclouvain.be.

Ph.D Students  (by alphabetical order)

Marie-Annelise Blanchard

Blanchard_headshot.jpg
  • sch
  • RG
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF
FNRS

Hometowns:  New Orleans, LA, USA & Soignies, Belgium

 

Annelise is a Ph.D. student in Psychological Sciences. After a BS in Psychology & Gender Studies at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA, USA), she graduated from KU Leuven in 2019 with an MA in Research Psychology. She is interested in family systems, as well how methodological choices and statistical analyses can be best utilized to examine research questions. Her current research involves investigating the family context and subjective experience of parental burnout, occurring when parents chronically lack the resources needed to cope with their specific parenting-related stressors. She does this through collecting intensive longitudinal data on parents’ daily experiences and attempting to disentangle the temporal dynamics, using methods such as network analyses.  She received the 2020 Student Development Award from the Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, and Resilience Society (STAR) for her first publication on parental burnout. Her work is supported by a Research Fellowship from the F.R.S-FNRS Belgian National Science Foundation. She can be reached at marie.blanchard@uclouvain.be

Loïs Fournier

Picture_FournierLoïs.png
  • GS
  • ererer_edited
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF
sns.png

Hometown:  Nendaz, Switzerland

 

Loïs Fournier is a Ph.D. student in Psychological Sciences [2022-2026: Promotor: J. Billieux (University of Lausanne) & Co-promotor: A. Heeren]. He graduated from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2021 with an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology. His current research focuses on the application of network analysis to examine how psychological constructs (e.g., impulsive behaviors, behavioral addictions) are conceptualized by their corresponding psychometric instruments. He is particularly interested in the development and evaluation of psychometric instruments, and in promoting best practices in psychometrics. Loïs Fournier is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). He can be reached at lois.fournier@unil.ch.

Yorgo Hoebeke

Unknown.jpg
  • GS
  • ererer_edited
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF
logo_UCLouvain_format_png_RVB.png

Hometown:  Bonheiden, Belgium

 

Yorgo is a Ph.D. student in Psychological Sciences. He graduated from UCLouvain in 2018 with an MA in Clinical Psychology. His research focuses on the application of network analysis to capture the complex dynamic interplay between transdiagnostic processes that are assumed to be involved in the maintenance of anxiety and related psychopathology, and especially top-down attention control and rumination. He is also interested in the use of transcranial Direct Current stimulation as a tool to target the neurocognitive processes assumedly involved in anxiety and related psychopathology. His work is supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from UCLouvain. He can be reached at yorgo.hoebeke@uclouvain.be

Doris Lacassagne

306770733_484546376869415_3623896660342617104_n.jpg
  • GS
  • ererer_edited
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF
Unknown.jpeg

Hometown:  Houyet, Belgium

 

Doris is a Ph.D student in Psychological Sciences (2022 – 2026). She graduated from UCLouvain in 2022 with an MA in Research Psychology. Her research focuses on the synchronization and transmission and of stress resilience within a family triad (mother, father and child) in daily life. To do so, she relies upon statistical tools from intensive time-series data research. She is also interested in research methods and statistical analysis. in addition to the STAR Lab, she is also a member of the TRIAD RESILIENCE consortium funded by the Excellence of Science funding scheme (FWO/FNRS). She can be reached at doris.lacassagne@uclouvain.be. 

Mariah Matar

Image.jpeg
  • ererer_edited
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF
Unknown.jpeg

Hometown:  Beyrouth, Lebanon

 

Mariah is a Ph.D student in Psychological Sciences (2022 – 2026). She graduated from UCLouvain in 2022 with an MA in Research Psychology. She is interested in evolutionary theories of psychopathology. A militant against reductionism and nosography, her work focuses on studying how certain psychopathological processes may have positive outcomes. During her internship, she will design studies applying Signal Detection Theory to test the adaptive value of anxiety in the context of climate change. She can be reached at mariah.matar@uclouvain.be.

Camille Mouguiama-Daouda 

Capture d’écran 2020-11-23 à 11.08.23.pn
  • GS
  • ererer_edited
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF

Hometown:  Libreville, Gabon

 

Camille is a Ph.D. student in Psychological Sciences. He graduated from the University of Poitiers, France, in 2019 with an MSc in both Clinical and Research Psychology. His main research agenda focuses on understanding the psychological mechanisms of climate change anxiety. He is particularly interested in studying the potential roles of intolerance of uncertainty, attentional bias, and top-down attention control in the onset and maintenance of climate change anxiety. Camille is also interested in psychological research methods, and especially in measurement tools adaptation and development. His work is supported by a Fellowship from the Gabonese National Research Agency and a doctoral Fellowship from UCLouvain. He can be reached at camille.mouguiama@uclouvain.be

logo_UCLouvain_format_png_RVB.png
images.png

Research Assistants and Interns

IMG_3098.JPG

Rana Begum Kalkan 

Hometown:  Istanbul, Turkey

Status: Research Assistant (from Jan 2021 to Sept 2021 & (Oct 2022 to June 2023)

Study program: Master of Sciences (research track) at KULeuven (Belgium)

Alumni (since the creation of the lab team in 2019)

  • ererer_edited

Former Postdoctoral and Doctoral Researchers

foto web _edited.jpg

Alba Contreras Cuevas, PhD

Hometown:  Malaga, Spain

Status: Postdoctoral researcher at UCLouvain (Sept 2021 - Sept 2022)

Now: Assistant Professor at Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM), Murcia, Spain.

More about her work on:

  • Google Scholar
  • ererer_edited
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF
Charlotte_Coussement.jpeg

Charlotte Coussement, PhD

Hometown:  Grez-Doiceau, Belgium

Status: PhD students   (Oct 2017 - Jan 2022)

Now: Clinical Psychologist and certified CBT therapist (Belgium)

More about her work on:

  • Google Scholar
  • ererer_edited
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • OSF

Former research interns and assistants

14797296_1358960197449123_1317227967_n.jpg

Salomé Rolland

Hometown:  Malèves-Sainte-Marie-Wastinnes, Belgium

Status: Research interns   (Sept 2021 - June 2022)

Now: Clinical Psychologist (Belgium)

PhotoYouness.png

Youness Bensaid

Hometown:  Rabat, Morocco

Status: Research interns   (Sept 2021 - June 2022)

Now: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Hôpital de la Salpétrière, Paris, France.

  • ererer_edited
Emmanuelle Schoonjans.jpg

Emmanuelle Schoonjans

Hometown:  Jette, Belgium

Status: Research Interns (Jan 2020 - Feb 2021)

Now: PhD Student in Medical Sciences (Neurosciences) at UGent (Belgium)

Jordan Photo.jpeg

Jordan Revol

Hometown:  Lyon, France

Status: Research Interns (Sept 2020- Jan 2021)

Now: PhD Student in Psychological Sciences (Quantitative Psychology) at KULeuven (Belgium)

IMG_20180228_113826 BN.jpg

Mónica Riesco de Vega 

Hometown:  Madrid, Spain

Status: Visiting Ph.D student  (Sept 2018 - Oct 2019)

Now: Ph.D. student in sport science, Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) 

org..jpg

Betül Özçimen

Hometown:  Istanbul, Turkey

Status: Visiting researchers (Oct 2018- Jan 2019)

Now: CBT Training (child and adolescent) at Anglia Ruskin University (UK)  

bottom of page