Nina Mollee, Master Student

After finishing the bachelor Psychology and the minor Forensic Criminology, I started with the master Clinical Developmental Psychology in September 2019.  I decided to do my internship on the Joint Study at the NOFA lab because I’m interested in cannabis use disorder and the mechanisms involved. I’m especially interested in the reason why people start using cannabis. I’m focusing on childhood trauma: Is there a relation between childhood trauma and cannabis use?

Laura Campisi, Bachelor Student

I’m currently in my final year of the bachelor Psychobiology. I started my internship on the Joint Study at the NOFA lab in September 2019. Here I will assist with recruitment and data collection, besides doing analysis for my thesis. The brain is a complex, wel functioning mechanism, despite possible interference, such as drug use. This spikes my interst in the addiction research: how does the brain react and possibly adapts to the substance use? I hope to gain more knowledge in this area during the internship. 

Suhaavi Kochhar, Master Student

I completed my Bachelors in Psychology at Ashoka University in India last year and am now a first year Research Master student at UvA. My major is Clinical Psychology and I will be an intern at the NOFA lab starting February 2020. Mental health is a major interest of mine, and I conducted studies on college student well-being and postpartum mental health during my bachelors. More recently, an academic course inspired me to seek out research opportunities in addiction. I am specifically drawn to the Joint Study study because it integrates neurological and cultural accounts of CUD. I’m thrilled to be on the team and am looking forward to working on the study.

Bibian Borst, Bachelor Student

I am in the last year of the bachelor psychobiology. After studying biology and psychology in the United states for 2 years I decided that biology was not ‘neuro’ enough and psychology was not ‘biological’ enough. So, I got back to the Netherlands to study psychobiology at the UvA. I wanted to do this internship because it combines so many aspects of cannabis and other drug use, such as biological, psychological neurological and social aspects. This is a combination that I was already looking for in America as well as in my bachelor psychobiology.  I am going to look at the motives and impulsivity of people and their reasons to start smoking cannabis. I am really excited to be on this team of super nice people and learn at lot during this internship at the neuroscience of addiction lab.

Danial Sadeghi, Bachelor Student

I am currently finishing the last year of the Bachelor Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam. During my bachelor, I started to become fascinated by the different cannabis compounds, since cannabis was starting to gain more medical popularity worldwide. Therefore, I find dit important to investigate how the different components of this plant, and in which ratios, could be used to stimulate mental or physical health. Since February 2020, I operate as an intern at the NOFA lab, where I will write my thesis about the influence of self-reported %THC on attentional bias in individuals with cannabis use disorder.

Lukas van Rijswijk, Bachelor Student

I’m currently in my final year of my double bachelor programme Psychobiology-Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. I’m very interested in the brain’s reaction to substances such as cannabis and I hope to gain more knowledge on this through my internship. From February to June (2020), I will run a study on how cannabis and mood regulation affect each other.