Junior Board

Mission statement BAPS Junior Board 

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.  

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. Therefore, the BAPS Junior Board is particularly interested in topics concerning the well-being of junior researchers and their integration within and outside of academia.  

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. 

Adélaïde de Heering 

Adélaïde de Heering is a post-doc currently working both at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris) and Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Bruxelles). She is mainly interested in the plasticity of the brain and more specifically how cognitive abilities such as vision develop with age. She is assisting Emilie Caspar on treasure matters and will be organizing the BAPS 2020 meeting. 


Coline Grégoire 

Coline Grégoire is a PhD student in cognitive psychology in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Cognition Research Unit at ULiège. Her doctoral research examines the unity and specificity of inhibitory processes in working memory and language by investigating different types of verbal and visual inhibition and their impairment in healthy and brain injured older people using a behavioral approach and a functional neuroimaging approach (fMRI). She is responsible for communication, co-delegate together with Kobe Desender and the representative at the Executive Committee of the BAPS.


Emilie Caspar 

Emilie Caspar is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Research in Cognition and Neurosciences at ULB. She is the treasurer of the Junior BAPS. Her research interests are strongly embedded in social neurosciences. Specifically, she studies how obeying orders changes individual cognition and social behaviours and on what neuro-cognitive processes protect individuals from compliance to immoral or illegitimate orders.


Emilie Lacroix 

Emilie Lacroix is a postdoctoral researcher, currently working within the Psy-NAPS laboratory at UCLouvain. She is mainly interested in sensorial disorders, particularly vestibular disorders, and in the development of new innovative cognitive assessment. She is involved in the organisation committee of the BAPS 2020 meeting.  


Jaana Van Overwalle 

Jaana Van Overwalle is a PhD Student at the Brain & Cognition Unit and Center for Developmental Psychiatry at the KU Leuven. Her research is focused on visual perception in Autism Spectrum Disorders by investigating discrimination, categorization and generalization using behavioral and neural (EEG) paradigms. She will be the secretary of the Junior Board. 


Jasper Van Assche 

Jasper Van Assche is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology at Ghent University, and a lecturer at the Center for Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Leuven. His main research interests are intergroup relations (e.g., ethnic diversity and intergroup contact), individual differences (e.g., ideology and prejudice), and political attitudes (e.g., cynicism, populism, and far-right party support). He will be responsible for the Junior Board’s external communication together with Coline Grégoire and Karolien Adriaens. 


Jonas Zaman 

Jonas Zaman is a postdoctoral researcher working at the Health Psychology group at KU Leuven. His research is on the complex and bidirectional relationship between learning and perception with a focus on the experience of bodily sensations in a context of pain and the generalization of fear. He is part of the Junior Board’s communication team.  


Juul Vossen 

Juul Vossen is a PhD student at the Work and Organisational Psychology department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is interested in the temporal dynamics of the creation and maintenance of psychological contracts and more specifically how psychological contracts evolve after perceptions of breach.   


Karolien Adriaens 

Karolien Adriaens is a PhD student at the Centre for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology at KU Leuven. Her PhD project focuses on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), and more specific on the electronic cigarette (e-cig) and its implementation in the “real-world”. She will be involved with the Junior Board’s external communication together with Jasper van Assche and Coline Grégoire. 


Kobe Desender 

Kobe Desender is a postdoctoral researcher working at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Ghent University, and at the Department of Neurophysiology at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. He studies how the brain uses the sense of confidence in order to adapt cognition. He will be co-delegate together with Coline Grégoire. 


Wivine Blekic 

Wivine Blekić is a PhD student in cognitive psychology in the Department of Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Mons. Her research is focused on the impact of executive functions in the development and maintenance of post-traumatic stress disorder’s symptoms. Specifically, she is interested the executive processes underlying the symptom of hypervigilance in this pathology. She is working with Jaana Van Overwalle for the secretary of the Junior Board.  


Pierre Gérain 

Pierre Gérain is a PhD student in health psychology at the Person-Centred Lab at UCLouvain. He is investigating the determinants and consequences of the exhaustion of informal caregivers (i.e., individuals providing unpaid care to a friend or relative due to a disease or a loss of autonomy).  He will be part of the team organizing the BAPS 2020 meeting. 


Lise Craninx

Lise Craninx is a Master in psychology: Theory and Research-student at the KU Leuven. Beyond social, cultural and developmental psychology, her interests lay in the possible improvements of psychological research (within Belgium, or beyond) through philosophy of science and structural changes in education of psychology. She is mainly involved in the BAPS Junior committee as a representative of aspiring researchers (bachelor and master students).