Laura Wesseldijk


Room: MF-B555


After a Bachelor's degree in Biological Psychology at Maastricht University, I completed the Research Master Neuropsychology in Maastricht University, including a scientific research internship in Eldoret, Kenya on traumatic brain injury. I did my PhD at the department of Biological Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the genetic and environmental influences on the development of childhood psychopathology and how psychopathology clusters within families with a child with psychopathology. Since obtaining my PhD, I work four days per week as a post-doc for the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm investigating the genetic and environmental interplay underlying musicality and mental health problems. One day per week I work at the Social Psychology department of the Vrije Universiteit on the genetics of disgust sensitivity.

Post-doc project

As of October 2018 I started with the post-doc project “The genetics of disgust sensitivity” under the supervision of Dr. Josh Tybur.

Research Interests

  • Childhood psychopathology
  • Parental psychopathology
  • Behavioral genetics
  • Musicality
  • Cultural engagement
Research interests


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Recent publications

L Wesseldijk, M Mosing & F Ullen (2019) Is there a sensitive period for musical skill acquisition during development? A genetically informative study. BEHAVIOR GENETICS 49 (6), 498-498
LW Wesseldijk, F Ullén & MA Mosing (2019) The effects of playing music on mental health outcomes. Scientific reports 9 (1), 1-9
LW Wesseldijk, MA Mosing & F Ullén (2019) Gene–environment interaction in expertise: The importance of childhood environment for musical achievement.. Developmental psychology
LW Wesseldijk, GC Dieleman, FJA van Steensel, M Bartels, JJ Hudziak & ... (2018) Risk factors for parental psychopathology: a study in families with children or adolescents with psychopathology. European child & adolescent psychiatry 27 (12), 1575-1584
L Wesseldijk, M Mosing & F Ullen (2018) Gene-environment interplay and music ability. BEHAVIOR GENETICS 48 (6), 521-522
LW Wesseldijk, GC Dieleman, FJA van Steensel, EJ Bleijenberg & ... (2018) Do parental psychiatric symptoms predict outcome in children with psychiatric disorders? A naturalistic clinical study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 57 (9), 669 …
LW Wesseldijk, M Bartels, JM Vink, CEM van Beijsterveldt, L Ligthart & ... (2018) Genetic and environmental influences on conduct and antisocial personality problems in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. European child & adolescent psychiatry 27 (9), 1123-1132
LW Wesseldijk (2018) Risk factors for the development and outcome of childhood psychopathology.
LW Wesseldijk, IO Fedko, M Bartels, MG Nivard, CEM van Beijsterveldt & ... (2017) Psychopathology in 7‐year‐old children: Differences in maternal and paternal ratings and the genetic epidemiology. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics 174 …
IO Fedko, LW Wesseldijk, MG Nivard, JJ Hottenga, CEM van Beijsterveldt & ... (2017) Heritability of behavioral problems in 7-year olds based on shared and unique aspects of parental views. Behavior genetics 47 (2), 152-163
L Wesseldijk, I Fedko, M Bartels, M Nivard, JJ Hottenga & ... (2016) Differences in maternal and paternal ratings of psychopathology and the genetic epidemiology in 12,000 7-year old twin pairs. Behavior Genetics 46 (6), 813-814
CM Middeldorp, LW Wesseldijk, JJ Hudziak, FC Verhulst, RJL Lindauer & ... (2016) Parents of children with psychopathology: psychiatric problems and the association with their child’s problems. European child & adolescent psychiatry 25 (8), 919-927
LW Wesseldijk, GC Dieleman, RJL Lindauer, M Bartels, G Willemsen & ... (2016) Spousal resemblance in psychopathology: A comparison of parents of children with and without psychopathology. European Psychiatry 34, 49-55
SC Van Veen, NM Batelaan, LW Wesseldijk, J Rozeboom & ... (2016) Psychiatrische stoornissen binnen gezinnen: een integrale benadering via de familiepoli. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 58 (2), 95-104
EN Jopling, SM Nugent & A Eslami (2016) 6.145 suicide attempts in pediatric emergency psychiatry: Demographic and clinical correlates of the lethality of suicide attempt. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 10 (55), S250
SC Van Veen, NM Batelaan, LW Wesseldijk, J Rozeboom & ... (2016) Psychopathology in families: an integral approach via the family outpatient clinic. Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie 58 (2), 95-104
CM Middeldorp, MG Nivard, LW Wesseldijk, B StPourcain, GC Dieleman & ... (2016) 2.4 The Course of Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression: The Role of Genetic Factors, Comorbidity, and the Association With Parental Symptoms. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 10 (55 …
L Wesseldijk, D Boomsma & C Middeldorp (2014) Psychopathology in families in a clinical setting. Depression 5 (3.47), 3.34
CM Middeldorp, LW Wesseldijk, RJL Lindauer, NM Batelaan, FC Verhulst & ... (2014) Spouse and parent-offspring correlations for psychiatric symptoms in a clinical sample. Behavior Genetics Association 44th Annual Meeting
C Martijn, P Sheeran, LW Wesseldijk, H Merrick, TL Webb, A Roefs & ... (2013) Evaluative conditioning makes slim models less desirable as standards for comparison and increases body satisfaction.. Health Psychology 32 (4), 433

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