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I am a post-doctoral researcher in the genetic epidemiology research team of the department of psychiatry, at the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. My work focuses on the comorbidity and causality between substance use and psychiatric disorders (PI Jorien Treur). With a background in psychology, genetics in neuroscience, and philosophy of neuroscience, I am interested in a broad range of topics and like to think about interdisciplinary approaches. My current interests lie mainly in using genetically informative designs to study the association between lifestyle factors and mental health.My PhD research took place at the the department of Biological Psychology/the Netherlands Twin Register at the Vrije Universteit Amsterdam. My PhD project, supervised by prof. Meike Bartels, focused on unravelling the dynamic nature of and interactions between genetic and environmental influences for human well-being.

Margot van de Weijer, post-doctoral researcher

Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC

#Mental health #Behavior genetics #Causality #Biological psychology #Statistical genetics

Key publications

  1. Van De Weijer, M. P., Baselmans, B. M., Hottenga, J. J., Dolan, C. V., Willemsen, G., & Bartels, M. (2022). Expanding the environmental scope: an environment-wide association study for mental well-being. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology, 32(2), 195-204.


  1. Lambert, L., Lomas, T., van de Weijer, M. P., Passmore, H. A., Joshanloo, M., Harter, J., … & Diener, E. (2020). Towards a greater global understanding of wellbeing: A proposal for a more inclusive measure. International Journal of Wellbeing, 10(2).


  1. Van de Weijer, M., Demange, P., Pelt, D., Bartels, M., & Nivard, M. G. (2022). Disentangling potential causal effects of educational duration on well-being, and mental and physical health outcomes.


  1. Van De Weijer, M. P., Pelt, D. H., De Vries, L. P., Baselmans, B. M., & Bartels, M. (2022). A Re-evaluation of Candidate Gene Studies for Well-Being in Light of Genome-Wide Evidence. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1-23.


  1. van de Weijer, M. P., Pelt, D. H., de Vries, L. P., Huider, F., van der Zee, M. D., Helmer, Q., … & Bartels, M. (2022). Genetic and environmental influences on quality of life: The COVID‐19 pandemic as a natural experiment. Genes, Brain and Behavior, e12796.

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