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.
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/
Current Members of the Junior Board
Karolien Adriaens is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology at KU Leuven. She 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.
Emilie Caspar is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Research in Cognition and Neuroscience 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 what neuro-cognitive processes protect individuals from compliance to immoral or illegitimate orders
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 delegate of the Junior Board and the representative at the Executive Committee of the BAPS.
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 events across the lifespan, using both subjective and physiological measures of stress. She is a member of the Louvain Experimental Psychopathology lab and the Research Group on Public Health and Aging.
Annelies Minne is a master’s student at the KU Leuven. She is enrolled in the abbreviated master of psychology, Theory and Research. She is President and BAPS Liaison at the Belgian Federation for Psychology Students (BFPS). In the Junior Board, she will represent master’s students and she will ensure a positive collaboration between the Junior Board and BFPS.
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.
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.
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.
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.