Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1994
    Master of Science in Psychology, majors in Physiological Psychology and Neuropsychology (with honors), VU University Amsterdam

  • 1996 – 2000
    PhD student University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • 2000 – 2003
    Postdoc EMGO Institute VU Medical Center Amsterdam, Health effects of Air Disaster Bijlmermeer Amsterdam project

  • 2004 – 2006
    Visiting Lecturer University of Helsinki (several periods)

  • 2003 – 2007
    Assistant Professor Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • 2007 – 2008
    Visiting lecturer Washington University St Louis, Missouri

  • 2007 – 2009
    Associate Professor Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Since 2009
    Affiliated Professor, Radboud University Nijmegen, Behavioral Science Institute (20%)

  • 2009 – 2011
    Associate Professor (80%), University of Amsterdam, Research Institute on Child Development and Education

  • 2009 – 2011
    Scientific director of Summer Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, University of Amsterdam

  • Since 2011
    Associate Professor (80%), VU University Amsterdam, Department of Developmental Psychology

  • Since 2012
    Director of William James Graduate School, VU University, Faculty of Psychology and Education

Selected publications

  • Huizink AC, Mulder EJ, Buitelaar JK (2004). Prenatal stress and risk for psychopathology: specific effects or induction of general susceptibility? Psychological Bulletin, 130(1):115-42.

  • Huizink AC, Ferdinand RF, van der Ende J, Verhulst FC (2006). Symptoms of anxious and depressed behavior in childhood precede ecstasy use. BMJ, 332(7545):825-8.

  • Huizink AC, Mulder EJ (2005). Maternal smoking, drinking or cannabis use during pregnancy and neurobehavioral and cognitive functioning in human offspring. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 30(1):24-41

  • Huizink AC, Greaves-Lord K, Oldehinkel AJ, Ormel J, Verhulst FC (2009). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and smoking and drinking onset among adolescents: the longitudinal cohort TRacking Adolescents' Individual Lives Survey (TRAILS). Addiction;104(11):1927-36

  • Huizink AC, Levälahti E, Korhonen T, Dick DM, Pulkkinen L, Rose RJ, Kaprio J (2010). Tobacco, cannabis, and other illicit drug use among Finnish adolescent twins: causal relationship or correlated liabilities? J Stud Alcohol Drugs, 71(1):5-14.


Selected projects

  • Less stress for pregnant women through mindfulness or biofeedback (STW, NIHC, Philips Research funded)

  • Endophenotypes of adolescent substance use (ZonMW funded)

  • Measuring cannabis use, abuse and dependence across different cultural settings (ZonMW funded)

  • Delineating risk factors for cannabis use, in comparison to tobacco use, in adolescents (NWO funded)

  • Prenatal cannabis exposure in relation to infant behavior and neuromotor development (SSWO funded)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Behavioral Genetics Association (BGA)

  • College on Problems of Drugs and Dependence (CPDD)

  • International Committee member of CPDD

  • 'Erkenningscommissie Gedragsinterventies Justitie' (Ministery of Justice, Netherlands)

  • Advise committee Youth and problematic substance use

  • Advise committee Weed-Check/ACCU, Trimbos institute

  • Society of Research on Adolescence (SRA)

  • Society of Dutch Developmental Psychologists (VNOP)

  • Educational Committee University of Amsterdam

  • Committee of Science and Ethics, VU University

  • Committee NWO-VENI MaGW

  • PhD reading committees since 2007 (> 10), opponent at dissertation (>20)

  • PhD manuscript- and cum laude committee: chairman, Radboud University, 2011

  • Review committee of PhD proposals of Finnish postgraduate psychology students, 2011

Media coverage

  • Regular peer reviewer for top journals

  • Regular reviewer for grant proposals of several countries (Finland, Israel, Switzerland, USA)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • mother of twins born in 2010


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