During her undergraduate years at the University of Heidelberg (B.A. Philosophy and English Literature, B.Sc. Psychology), Maria acquired a taste for neurocognitive research in psychiatry. For her undergraduate dissertation, she worked on the effects of SSRIs on emotional processing in a healthy volunteer model of depression at the Psychopharmacology and Emotion Research Lab (PERL) in Oxford. She followed this up with a degree in Neuroscience at King’s College London, where she worked with Dr. Gemma Modinos on functional connectivity of the striatum in schizotypy using multi-echo resting-state data. In November 2017, Maria joined our Lab to investigate the shared and differential neurocognitive mechanisms of obesity and binge eating disorder, employing behavioural and MR imaging techniques informed by computational modelling.
|2017—||PhD Student, “Shared and differential neuro-cognitive mechanisms of obesity and binge eating disorder in adolescence and adulthood”, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences|
|2016–2017||King’s College London, MSc Neuroscience (pass with distinction) Dissertation: Functional Connectivity of the Striatum in Psychometric Schizotypy – Insights from Muli_echo Resting-State fMRI. Supervisor: Dr. Gemma Modinos (KCL)|
|2013–2014||University of Cambridge. Politics, Psychology, and Sociology (PPS) Year abroad at St. John’s College Cambridge|
|2012–2016||University of Heidelberg, BSc Psychology (1,3) Dissertation: The Effects of 4 Weeks SSRI Administration on Emotional Processing in High and Low Neurotic Healthy Volunteers. Supervisors: Prof. Catherine Harmer (Oxford), Dr. Susannah Murphy (Oxford), Dr. Katrin Schulze (Heidelberg)|
|2011–2016||University of Heidelberg, BA in Philosophy and English Literature Dissertation: Phenomenality and the Ontology of Properties. Supervisors: PD Dr. Oliver Schlaudt (Heidelberg), Prof. Peter McLaughlin (Heidelberg)|
Waltmann, M., Warren, M. B., Murphy, S. E., Di Simplicio, M., & Harmer, C. J. (2016).
The effect of four weeks SSRI administration on facial emotion recognition in high and low neurotic
healthy volunteers. Poster presented at British Association for Psychopharmacology Summer Meeting, Brighton, United