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About Dr. Ruth J. van Holst

Currently I am working at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam and at the Donders Institute of for Brain, Cognition and Behavior Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen,  at the lab of Prof. Roshan Cools.


In 2002 I started the study psychology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the Netherlands. After my bachelor degrees in psychonomics and clinical neuropsychology, I received my master degree in clinical neuropsychology (Cum Laude) in 2006 and my PhD degree in September 2011. My PhD-project at the department of psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam was supervised by Prof. Wim van den Brink, Prof. Dick Veltman and Dr. Anneke Goudriaan. I conducted neuroimaging research in people with clinical alcohol or gambling problems and control subjects. The main aim was to obtain a better understanding of the specific neurobiological characteristics of pathological gambling.

In addition to my interest in pathological gambling, I am interested in other behavioural problems, such as game addiction, and over-eating.

Thanks to the ECNP Research Grant for Young Scientists, I was able to continue my research into pathological gambling at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (September 2011 - July 2012) in collaboration with Dr. Luke Clark. 

With a personal NWO Rubicon Grant I currently investigate the role of dopamine in pathological gambling with a PET study.

A personal ABC-talent grant (UvA-AMC) supports my studies on meta-cognition in compulsive behaviour.