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Dr Wassing's training included biochemistry (BSc) and neuroscience (MSc), and he obtained his Doctorate in May 2019, for the research program on the neurobiology of emotional memory processing in insomnia under supervision of Prof. Van Someren at The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, De Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since 2019 he is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and at the School of Psychological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Research interests

Mental disorders will be the number one health burden of our society worldwide in 2030. Dr. Wassing's research program revealed that fragmented sleep is key to the mechanisms underlying disturbed emotion regulation. Indeed, fragmented sleep is also known to be the primary transdiagnostic factor determining the risk, severity, chronicity and relapse of mental problems. Current research efforts focus on (1) a transdiagnostic understanding of the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of sleep fragmentation and its key role in dysregulated emotional distress; (2) optimised and validated markers to identify people at risk and to monitor intervention success; (3) utilisation of these markers for early stratification of people at risk into our combined sleep and circadian eHealth intervention.

Education/Academic qualification

Neuroscience, PhD, Restless REM sleep and its detrimental effects on the regulation of emotional distress, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 May 2019

Neuroscience, MSc, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Sept 2012

Biochemistry, BSc, InHolland University of Applied Sciences

Award Date: 1 Sept 2008

External positions

Post-doctoral research fellow, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

2019 → …


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