Psychopharmacology Maastricht

The psychopharmacology department at Maastricht University focuses on the cognitive, behavioral, and biological effects of various substances, ranging from pharmaceutical to recreational drugs.

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NEW paper out by Eline Haijen on trait mindfulness and personality characteristics in a microdosing ADHD

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Read about our new microdosing for ADHD study!

Congratulations to Eline Haijen on her newly published study on mindfulness and personality characteristics in a microdosing ADHD sample

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We're always conducting research in our department and we're frequently looking for participants to be a part of science! If you're interested, look at the studies that we are currently conductings.

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Meet our Department!

The scientists in our lab come from many countries and backgrounds, all with highly unique research abilities. Come meet the people that make up the Psychopharmacology Department.

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Mauro Cavarra, MSc

Psychosomatics, Chronic Pain, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

I am a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and clinical trainer interested in understanding the connection between mind and body. At the Department I work in research projects that explore the potential of psychedelic therapies in the treatment...

Prof. Jan Ramaekers

Drugs, Brain, Behavior

I work as a professor in psychopharmacology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. My research combines methods from psychopharmacology, forensic toxicology and cognitive neuroscience to determine drug induced changes in human performance.

Dr. Pim Heckman

Dopamine, Nucleotide Signaling, Sleep

My academic training and research experience have provided me with an excellent background in multiple psychological disciplines including neurobiology, neuropsychology, and neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Eef Theunissen

Synthetic Cannabinoids, Drugs and Driving, Cognition

I began my Ph.D. journey in 2001 at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Maastricht. My research focused on investigating the sedating and stimulating effects of antihistamines, with a particular emphasis on their...

Dr. Peter van Ruitenbeek

Dopamine, Neuroimaging

My name is Dr. Peter van Ruitenbeek and I work as an assistant professor. That means I teach and do research at the faculty of psychology and neuroscience.

Janine Kox, MSc

Psychedelics, Cognitive biases, Stress Resilience

My research focuses on the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, on cognitive biases, by using the transdiagnostic rDOC approach, and see whether psychedelics such as LSD, Psilocybin and even non-hallucinogenic psychedelics can reverse these effects.

Dr. Malin Vedøy Uthaug

Consciousness, Ayahuasca, 5-MeO-DMT

I am an altered states of consciousness researcher from Norway and one of the world leading experts on 5-MeO-DMT.

Dr. Samuli Kangaslampi

Trauma, Memory, Psychedelics

Most of my previous research has focused on psychological trauma, trauma-related disorders, trauma-focused psychotherapies, as well as autobiographical memory.

Prof. Arjan Blokland

Cognition, Learning & Memory, Acetylcholine

I studied Psychology at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, NL). After receiving my PhD in Maastricht in 1992, I did a post doc at the University of Cambridge in 1992.

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