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Dr. H. (Helle) Larsen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Developmental Psychology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 1.11
Postal address
  • Postbus 15916
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research Interests

    My research focuses on social and cognitive processes related to psychopathology (alcohol use, smoking, anxiety) and behavior in adolescents and young adults. I am interested in the interplay between the social context (e.g., peer influence) and individual risk factors such as automatic motivational processes, risk taking and genetic make-up and have an interdisciplinary research approach. In addition to conducting assessment studies to get a refined understanding of the processes and risk factors involved in psychopathologies, I conduct intervention studies. Among others, I investigated the effect of cognitive bias modification (retraining approach tendencies) combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to help adolescents quit smoking and am involved in online intervention studies using cognitive bias modification to decrease alcohol use, smoking, and anxiety. In another intervention study we examine how changing peer norms can improve self-regulation in youth to reduce antisocial behavior. Next to my research, I am in training as a cognitive behavioural therapist (VGCt, UvA minds) and I am a programme manager of Research Priority Area Yield. Yield conducts multidisciplinary research among 10 different research programmes (University of Amsterdam) with a focus on the bioecology of human development.
    Research Priority Area Yield


  • Teaching

    Master: Health Promotion and Behaviour Change

    - Course: Addiction

    - Course: Obesity

    - Coordinator internship

    Bachelor: Clinical Developmental Psychology  

    - Childhood: Developmental Psychology

    - Adolescence: Developmental, Clinical and School Psychology

  • Publications


    • Cousijn, J., Kuhns, L., Larsen, H., & Kroon, E. (2021). For better or for worse? A pre–post exploration of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on cannabis users. Addiction, 116(8), 2104-2115. [details]
    • Hendriks, H., Scholz, C., Larsen, H., De Bruijn, G-J., & Van den Putte, B. (2021). Intervening through Conversations: How Instructions Influence Conversational Valence and Binge Drinking Determinants. Health Communication, 36(6), 782-788. [details]
    • Su, S., Larsen, H., Cousijn, J., Wiers, R. W. H. J., & Van den Eijnden, R. J. J. M. (2021). Problematic smartphone use and the quantity and quality of peer engagement among adolescents: A longitudinal study. Computers in Human Behavior, 126, [107025].
    • Van Bockstaele, B., Tibboel, H., Larsen, H., Wiers, R. W., Bögels, S. M., & Salemink, E. (2021). Dual processes in fear and anxiety: No effects of cognitive load on the predictive value of implicit measures. Cognition & Emotion, 35(5), 859-873.
    • Wen, S., Larsen, H., & Wiers, R. W. (2021). A Pilot Study on Approach Bias Modification in Smoking Cessation: Activating Personalized Alternative Activities for Smoking in the Context of Increased Craving. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
    • Wen, S., Wiers, R. W., Boffo, M., Grasman, R. P. P. P., Pronk, T., & Larsen, H. (2021). Subtypes of smokers in a randomized controlled trial of a web-based smoking cessation program and their role in predicting intervention non-usage attrition: Implications for the development of tailored interventions. Internet Interventions, 26, [100473].




    • Weckler, H., Kong, G., Larsen, H., Cousijn, J., Wiers, R. W., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2017). Impulsivity and approach tendencies towards cigarette stimuli: Implications for cigarette smoking and cessation behaviors among youth. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 25(5), 363-372. [details]




    • Janssen, T., Larsen, H., Peeters, M., Pronk, T., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Wiers, R. W. (2014). Interactions between parental alcohol-specific rules and risk personalities in the prediction of adolescent alcohol use. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49(5), 579-585. [details]
    • Larsen, H., Kong, G., Becker, D., Cousijn, J., Boendermaker, W., Cavallo, D., Krishnan-Sarin, S., & Wiers, R. (2014). Implicit motivational processes underlying smoking in American and Dutch adolescents. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5, 51. [51]. [details]


    • Larsen, H., Engels, R. C. M. E., Granic, I., & Huizink, A. C. (2013). Does stress increase imitation of drinking behavior? An experimental study in a (semi-)naturalistic contex. Alcoholism - Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(3), 477-483. [details]
    • Larsen, H., Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., Kuntsche, E., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2013). Drinking in a micro-perspective: the role of engagement in imitation of sips of alcoholic beverages. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4(3), 226-238. [details]
    • Voogt, C. V., Larsen, H., Poelen, E. A. P., Kleinjan, M., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2013). Longitudinal associations between descriptive and injunctive norms of youngsters and heavy drinking and problem drinking in late adolescence. Journal of Substance Use, 18(4), 275-287. [details]


    • Larsen, H., Engels, R. C. M. E., Wiers, R. W., Granic, I., & Spijkerman, R. (2012). Implicit and explicit alcohol cognitions and observed alcohol consumption: three studies in (semi)naturalistic drinking settings. Addiction, 107(8), 1420-1428. [details]
    • Larsen, H., Overbeek, G., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2012). The strong effect of other people’s drinking: two experimental observational studies in a real bar. American journal on addictions, 21(2), 168-175. [details]
    • Teunissen, H. A., Spijkerman, R., Larsen, H., Kremer, K. A., Kuntsche, E., Gibbons, F. X., Scholte, R. H. J., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2012). Stereotypic information about drinkers and students' observed alcohol intake: an experimental study on prototype-behavior relations in males and females in a naturalistic drinking context. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 125(3), 301-306. [details]
    • van der Zwaluw, C. S., Larsen, H., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2012). Best friends and alcohol use in adolescence: the role of the dopamine D4 receptor gene. Addiction Biology, 17(6), 1036-1045. [details]


    • Larsen, H., van der Zwaluw, C. S., Overbeek, G., Granic, I., Franke, B., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2011). De invloed van het DRD4 VNTR polymorfisme op adaptatie aan andermans alcoholconsumptie: een onderzoek naar een genomgevinginteractie. Psychologie & Gezondheid, 39(1), 5-11. [details]


    • Larsen, H., Overbeek, G., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2010). Imitation of alcohol consumption in same-sex and other-sex dyads. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45(6), 557-562. [details]
    • Larsen, H., Overbeek, G., Vermulst, A. A., Granic, I., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2010). Initiation and continuation of best friends and adolescents' alcohol consumption: Do self-esteem and self-control function as moderators? International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34(5), 406-416.


    • Larsen, H., Engels, R. C. M. E., Granic, I., & Overbeek, G. (2009). An experimental study on imitation of alcohol consumption in same-sex dyads. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 44(3), 250-255.


    • Larsen, H., Kong, G., Becker, D., Cavallo, D. A., Cousijn, J., Salemink, E., Collot D'Escury-Koenigs, A., Krishnan-Sarin, S., & Wiers, R. (2015). Cognitive bias modification combined with cognitive behavioral therapy: A smoking cessation intervention for adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 146, [e168]. [details]


    • Wiers, R. W., Larsen, H., & Salemink, E. (2015). Middelgebonden stoornissen en verslaving. In H. T. van der Molen, E. Simon, & J. van Lankveld (Eds.), Klinische psychologie: theorieën en psychopathologie. - 3e dr. (pp. 265-290). Noordhoff Uitgevers. [details]


    • Fischer, K., van den Akker, A. L., Larsen, H., Jorgensen, T. D., & Overbeek, G. J. (2019). Dopamine functioning and child externalizing behavior: A longitudinal analysis of polygenic susceptibility to parenting. 14. Poster session presented at
      19th Biennial ISRCAP Scientific Meeting , Los Angeles, California, United States.
    • Hendriks, H., Scholz, C., Larsen, H., de Bruijn, G. J., & van den Putte, B. (2019). Intervening through conversations: How instructions influence conversational valence and binge drinking determinants. Abstract from Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH) conference.


    • Fischer, K., van den Akker, A. L., Larsen, H., & Overbeek, G. J. (2017). Children’s genetic and psychophysiological susceptibility to reward- and punishment-based parenting. Poster session presented at 18th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, ECDP 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • Wen, S., Larsen, H., Cao, M. L., Kong, P., Maric, M., Tang, Y. L., & Wiers, R. W. H. J. (2017). Combining Cognitive Bias Modification with Motivational Interviewing to Increase Smoking Cessation in Chinese Smokers: A Pilot Study using A Single-Case Experimental Design. Poster session presented at SRNT 23rd Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy.


    • Larsen, H. (2013). Member and coordinator of Research Priority Area (i.e., RPA) Yield, Research Priority Area (i.e., RPA) Yield.


    • Larsen, H. (organiser) (2013). VGCt najaarscongres 2013: Cognitieve training en behandeling van verslaving: wat is de toekomst?, Veldhoven. Organisation of symposium at VGCt najaarscongres 2013: Cognitieve training en behandeling van verslaving: wat is de toekomst? (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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