Vera E. Heininga

Vera E. Heininga

Assistant professor

University of Groningen


My research draws together psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and pedagogy with the aim to unravel the psychosocial mechanisms of resilience in youth. Using an idiographic approach (i.e., Experience Sampling Methods), I investigate to what extent youth’s resilience - and the intergenerational transmission thereof - is shaped by contextual factors in daily life.

When I am not working, I enjoy bootcamp (i.e., workout outside), gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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  • Mental health and well-being
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Emotion dynamics
  • Meta-science
  • Multiverse analysis
  • Open Science


  • PhD in Psychiatry, 2017

    University Medical Center Groningen

  • MSc (research) Sociology, 2013

    Interuniversity Centre Social Sciences & Methodology (ICS)

  • BSc in Social Work/ Psychology, 2011

    Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Research lines


External Project

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Ieder Kind Is Anders

Large national crowdsourcing study into child and adolescent mental health and well-being.

Internal Project

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No Fun No Glory project

No Fun No Glory.

Open Science Community Groningen

The Open Science Community Groningen facilitates more accessible, reproducible and transparent research.

Psychopathology and positive emotions in daily life

Short review article (accepted for publication)

The dynamical signature of anhedonia in major depressive disorder

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The cardinal features of MDD are depressed mood and anhedonia. Anhedonia is defined as a markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities of the day, and has generally been investigated on group-level using retrospective data (e.

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Teaching experience

Co-develop/ redesign course

Statistics VI (2018)

Master theses

Evaluated 8 master theses