Vera E. Heininga

Vera E. Heininga


University of Groningen


Vera Heininga is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen. She draws together sociology, psychology, and psychiatry to study the biopsychosocial mechanisms that underlie emotional development.

Currently, she is involved in the Every Child Is Different project (, a large Dutch crowdsourcing study that aims to examine positive mental health and mental health problems in children and adolescents.

She is a passionate Open Science advocate, and co-founder and chair of the Open Science Community Groningen (

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  • Adolescent mental health and well-being
  • Emotional development
  • Emotion dynamics
  • 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