Reinoud de JonghReinoud de Jongh, PhD

Lecturer

Section Medical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Department of Psychiatry
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

r.dejongh@erasmusmc.nl

Biographical sketch

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I received my MSc degree in Biological Psychology from Utrecht University in 1998, after which I worked as a junior researcher on the psychophysiology of anxiety at the NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention in Gainesville, Florida, USA. In 1999, I started my work on the psychopharmacology and neuroanatomy of fear and anxiety at the department of Psychopharmacology, Utrecht University. I finished my PhD thesis in 2003.

After a course in science journalism, I started working as a freelance science journalist for various magazines (Psychologie Magazine, Intermediair) and newspapers (NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant, Bionieuws). For six years, I wrote a monthly column on the human brain (Breinbrekers) in Psychologie Magazine. I have also published four books for a lay audience on the functioning of the human brain.

In 2005 and 2006 I worked as a postdoc on the NWO project Botox for the brain: a neuroethical study on the enhancement of mental functions with psychopharmacological substances.

From 2006 until 2009 I taught psychology to second year psychology students at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 2009, I became a lecturer at the department of Medical Psychology of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. I now teach communication skills, collaboration and professional behavior to medical students in their first four years of medical school and in their clerkships, and a minor Medical Psychology for medical and psychology students. For the past couple of years, I’ve also coordinated and taught a course on neuroanatomy and psychopharmacology at the Erasmus University, and lectured on cognitive enhancement at the Erasmus University and the VU University Amsterdam.

Research interests

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My research interests are focused on the biological basis of fear and anxiety and, more recently, on the possibility and ethics of cognitive enhancement.

Educational interests
I’m currently setting up a new teaching program for medical students in their clerkships, named SCOPE, which focuses on the CanMeds competencies of collaborator, communicator and professional.

Publications

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