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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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...

Janine Kox, MSc

Stress Resilience, Cognitive biases, Psychedelics

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.

Mauro Cavarra, MSc

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics, Chronic Pain

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...

Henry Whitfeld, MSc

Psilocybin, Psychotherapy, Ideography

After being a psychological therapist with 20years experience in trauma work and mindfulness-informed approaches, I am now a researcher investigating how psychedelic experiences and psychotherapeutic protocols interact.

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. Malin Vedøy Uthaug

Ayahuasca, Consciousness, 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. Kim Kuypers

Microdosing, Cognition, Nutrition

My research focuses on the neurobiology of flexible cognition, empathy, and well-being.

Aedan O’Shea, MSc

Exosomes, miRNA, RDoC

I have a long standing interest in unravelling the therapeutic mechanisms of Psychedelics, and in this project I will investigate the effect of Psychedelic drug exposure in humans on miRNA’s transported in neuron-derived Extracellular Vesicles...

Pablo Mallaroni, MSc

fMRI/MRS, Idiosyncracy, Psychedelics

I am PhD candidate with the Psychopharmacology Unit of Maastricht University with a background in translational neuroscience.

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