Justine Dickhoff

Institution: University Medical Center Groningen, (Cognitive Neuroscience Centre), The Netherlands.

Supervisory team: Professor Andre Aleman and Dr Marie-José van Tol.

Position: PhD Student

Current research: For my PhD project we are aiming to attain more knowledge about the underlying neural mechanisms of suicidality. Therefore, we will investigate brain activation during rest and during the following three psychological processes: emotion regulation, positive imagery of future change and inferring on emotions of others. We are further investigating whether brain activation could serve as a marker for future suicidality, including both suicidal ideation and attempts. For our project we are employing a longitudinal fMRI study in which we will follow a group of recent suicide attempters, for one year with fMRI-scanning at T0 and 12-month follow-up scanning.

Research interests:

  • The neural basis of suicide (resting-state fMRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, task-based fMRI)
  • Implicit associations about death/suicide
  • Mindfulness in the treatment of suicidal individuals
  • The transitions from suicidal ideation to suicide attempt
  • Social cognitive and neuropsychological factors related to suicidality

Can help with: How to advertise your research in hospitals (especially in the psychiatry and emergency department). SPSS. I am currently learning FSL (comprehensive library of analysis tools for FMRI, MRI and DTI brain imaging data). I further have some experience with organizing events and presenting.

What’s essential to your well-being? Yoga, bouldering/climbing, friends, travelling, different cultures & art.

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