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Research

Hanna Melles

Position
PHD Student

E-mail
h.melles@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Themes

  • - Anorexia Nervosa
  • - Interventions, treatment
  • - Learning/conditioning processes

In October 2019, I started my PhD in the Eat-Lab at the Clinical Psychological Science Department of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN). Prior to this, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Maastricht University, followed by a Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience with a specialization in Psychopathology. I conducted my master thesis project at the Institute of Medical Psychology in Heidelberg (Germany).

Research

Current treatment options for eating disorders, such as Anorexia nervosa (AN) are characterised by high relapse and drop out rates. Therefore, my research aims at optimizing treatment for AN by focusing on factors that are assumed to maintain the disorder. One such factor is anxiety which plays a central role in AN as patients usually display strong fears related to food or eating. I investigate the effects of personalized and anxiety focused exposure therapy which is based on an inhibitory learning approach.

Teaching

I teach clinical courses like ‘Psychiatric Anamnesis’ for bachelor psychology students.