Curriculum Vitae
Pascalle Spaan

Pascalle Spaan, MSc

PhD candidate

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

Biographical sketch
In 2016, Pascalle Spaan graduated cum laude from Leiden University with a Master’s degree in Psychology (Research), clinical and health specialization. During her studies she worked as a teaching and research assistant at Leiden University and as field interviewer for the Prison Project. After graduation, she studied mental health, substance abuse and criminal careers as a researcher at The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). She started working as a PhD candidate at the Psychiatry Department of the Erasmus MC in December 2016.

Research interests
Pascalle Spaan’s research interests and PhD-topic are in the field of forensic psychiatry. Her PhD-project will focus on uncovering the relationships between cortisol, testosterone and aggressive and delinquent behaviors in a high risk adolescent and an adult forensic psychiatry population.


  • Spaan, P., van Luenen, S., Garnefski, N., & Kraaij, V. (2018). Psychosocial interventions enhance HIV medication adherence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of health psychology, 1359105318755545.

  • van Luenen, S., Garnefski, N., Spinhoven, P., Spaan, P., Dusseldorp, E., & Kraaij, V. (2018). The benefits of psychosocial interventions for mental health in people living with HIV: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS and Behavior, 22(1), 9-42.


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