The mission of the Junior Board is to bring together junior scholars (master, PhD, post-doc) in Psychological Sciences from all around Belgium. The two main goals of the Junior Board are 1) to foster scientific collaboration between junior and senior researchers, mainly at a national level, and 2) to address the specific difficulties junior researchers might face during their early academic careers.
The mission of the Junior Board is to bring together junior scholars (master, PhD, post-doc) in Psychological Sciences from all around Belgium. As such, we aim to represent and serve junior scholars from all Belgian universities and all domains within Psychology. The Junior Board adheres to the same principles as the BAPS Executive Committee with which it interacts closely.
Additionally, the Junior board aims at intensively promoting Open Science within the field of Psychology, and to raise awareness about researchers’ ecological footprint, especially when travelling abroad. Finally, the Junior board aims at reflecting on how new (social) communication tools (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogs) can help to disseminate scientific research to the broader scientific community and the general public.
The BAPS Junior Board is a partner of the Belgian Federation of Psychology Students, a new non-profit student organisation that strives towards a strong network between Belgian psychology students across different universities in Belgium. Check their website here: https://www.bfps.be/
Charlène Aubinet is a postdoctoral researcher in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Cognition Research Unit and in the Coma Science Group – GIGA-Consciousness at ULiège. She was graduated in 2020, with a PhD on residual language abilities in patients with disorders of consciousness. Her postdoctoral research mainly aims to dissociate language and consciousness impairment and recovery in these post-comatose patients with severe brain injury. Her interests include the validation of behavioral and language-specific assessment tools, neuroimaging research and language rehabilitation in this challenging population, as well as consciousness and implicit/explicit language processes.
Akira (officially called Nilosmita) is a PhD Researcher at ULB in collaboration with University of Gent. She researches in the field of impaired decision-making and Behavioural Addiction, focusing on Gambling Disorder. Specifically she investigates a hallmark diagnostic symptom called Loss-chasing and the role it plays in the onset, initiation, development and expression of Gambling disorder. Working closely in the intersection of industry and academia, Akira’s research methods focus on undertaking Big-Data research and assess big-datasets of real gambling behavioural tracking data (I.e., play behaviour). She uses advanced statistical modelling (and prospectively Machine Learning techniques) for assessing Loss-chasing in in-vivo online gambling. The goal of her research is to refine the understanding of Loss-chasing in order to inform future applied research for detection, diagnosis and treatment of Gambling disorder.Personal website
Charlotte Eben is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Experimental Psychology at
Ghent University. Her research focuses on behavioral and emotional responses to action outcomes, more specifically to gambling outcomes such as wins and losses.
Elise Grimm is a PhD student at the Research Institute of Psychological Sciences at UCLouvain. She is interested in the role of executive functioning in the emotional regulation of stressful experiences using subjective and physiological measures of stress. She is a member of the Louvain Experimental Psychopathology lab.Personal website
Sandra Invernizzi is a Ph.D. student in neuropsychology in the Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology department of the UMONS. Her doctoral research examines the semantic memory and its differential impairment in the pathological contexts of Alzheimer disease and late-life depression. Her research is based on priming protocols designed to explore separately automatic propagation of activation and semantic executive.Personal website
Yesim is a Phd student at the Health Psychology group at KU Leuven. Her research is on aversive reactions to innocuous sounds with a focus on three conditions: misophonia, hyperacusis and bothersome tinnitus. She uses qualitative assessment tools and experimental research designs to study the etiology of three conditions while investigating the possible underlying learning accounts (i.e. referential learning).Personal website
Valentina is a PhD student in Work and Organisational Psychology (WOP) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She studies burnout from a dynamic network perspective. The focus hereby lays on the interaction of symptoms, which is what makes a person experience a burned-out state. Given the novelty of this conceptualisation in burnout research, she wishes for her thesis to challenge current theory as well as lay the foundation for more accurate burnout prevention and intervention.
Doctoral students at UGent, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, UCLouvain, University of Liège who become a member of the BAPS Junior Board can receive credits for this activity from their doctoral school. Please consult the doctoral school of your university for more information.