Vera E. Heininga

Vera E. Heininga


University of Groningen


Hi! I am a passionate postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation of the University Medical Center Groningen, and Open Science programme leader of the University Groningen.

My interests are to better understand Major Depressive Disorder, and the role of (the lack of) positive emotions therein. I work at the intersection of clinical and developmental psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, and methodology. To study positive emotions in depressed patients I make use of experience sampling methodologies, a data collection method in which participants report on their emotions, well-being and social contexts multiple times per day for several weeks. In addition, I am interested in improving the field of psychology and psychiatry by Open Science practices.

For an introduction of the Open Science programme at the University Groningen, and why I think it is important that all researchers open up their workflow, I recommend the short interview I gave.

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

See my full CV here.


  • 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