|Position||Assistant Professor Group leader of Neurocognition of Mood Disorders|
|Research fields||Functional Neuroimaging, Structural Neuroimaging, Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Preventive Cognitive Therapy, Longitudinal Imaging|
Marie-José van Tol received her MSc in Psychology from Utrecht University (2004) and her PhD cum laude from Leiden University (2011). During her PhD, she studied the common and unique neurocognitive underpinnings of major depressive disorders and common anxiety disorders. Following her graduation, she joined the group of Prof. André Aleman at the University Medical Centre (UMCG). Then she joined the Cognitive and Affective Neuroimaging Laboratory (CANLAB) of Dr Martin Walter at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN, Magdeburg, Germany) studying abnormal glutamate metabolism and functional connectivity underlying depression.
In 2013, she returned to the group of Prof. André Aleman to join the Apathy Study, to investigate the mechanisms of neurostimulative treatment of apathy in schizophrenia. In 2014, she was awarded a VENI grant by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research and a Fellowship by the Dutch Brain Foundation (‘Hersenstichting’). In 2016 she won the Early Career Award from the Dutch Neuropsychological Society, and in 2018 she won the Early Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society and the KNAW – Heineken Young Scientist Award in the social sciences.
Her research focuses on major depressive disorders, and especially factors that promote a prolonged course of these disorders. In collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry of the UMCG, she is involved in the Neuroimaging Study of the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA). Furthermore, she is the principal investigator on the NEW-PRIDE study (www.depressiestudie.com) investigating the effects of preventive cognitive therapy to understand the mechanisms of relapse in depression. Together with applied linguist Prof. dr. Merel Keijzer and PhD—student Saskia Nijmeijer she investigates the effect of complex cognitive skill training on cognitive functioning and mood in elderly (www.langcom.umcg.nl) and in collaboration with artificial intelligence expert dr. Marieke van Vugt and PhD-student Marlijn Besten she investigates how content of negative mind wandering in depression can be influenced in order to prevent depression.
Since 2016 is Marie-José a (founding) member of the Young Academy Groningen and since 2019 a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (www.dejongeakademie.nl).