Marieke van den Heuvel received her bachelor degree in pedagogical sciences (cum laude) and her master degree in the research master ‘Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence’ at Utrecht University. Because of her interest in clinical practice, she followed a clinical track within her master's. Within this track she gained experience in child and adolescent psychiatry. Marieke is interested in prevention and intervention research, personalized care, internalizing problems (in particular depression) and adolescents.
Currently Marieke is PhD candidate at the department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Her project is aimed at dismantling the relative effectiveness of four core components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cognitive restructuring, activation, problem solving and relaxation) and four different sequences of these components in preventing depression in adolescents. In addition, she aims to identify for whom (moderators) and how (mediators) the different components/sequences are effective.
The project is part of the Dutch consortium ‘Angst en depressie bij jongeren’ of ZonMW (program Effectief werken in de jeugdsector). It is carried out by Erasmus University Rotterdam, Trimbos-institute and Utrecht University.
Her promotors are prof. dr. Rutger Engels (Erasmus University Rotterdam), prof. dr. Filip Smit (Free University Amsterdam) and dr. Denise Bodden (Utrecht University and Radboud University Nijmegen).