Marion I. van den Heuvel, PhD

Research Output

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In press

van den Heuvel, M.I., Seuntjens, T., Lewis, T., & Zeelenberg, M. (in press). Greed in Children is Associated with Less Sharing Behavior. Current Psychology.


Muskens, L., Boekhorst, M. G. B. M., Kop, W. J., van den Heuvel, M. I., Pop, V. J. M., & Beerthuizen, A. (2022). The association of unplanned pregnancy with perinatal depression: a longitudinal cohort study. Archives of women’s mental health, 1-10. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I., Vacura, S.V., Boekhorst, M.G.B.M., Cloin, M., van Bakel, H. Riem, M.M.E., de Weerth, C., & Beijers, R. (2022). Parents of young infants report poor mental health and more insensitive parenting during the first Covid-19 lockdown. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 22(1), 302. Link

 van den Heuvel, M.I. (2022). From the Womb into the World: Protecting the Fetal Brain from Maternal Stress during Pregnancy. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 9(1), 96-103. Link

Turk, E. Vroomen, J.J., Fonken, Y., Levy, J., & van den Heuvel, M.I. (2022). In sync with your child: The potential of parent-child EEG in developmental research. Developmental Psychobiology, 64(3), e22221. Link


Cao, L.*, van den Heuvel, M.I.*, Huse, K., Platzer, M., Elgbeili, G., Braeken, M.A.K.A., Otte, R.A., Witte, O.W., Schwab, M., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (in press). Role of Epigenetic Modifications Involved in Maternal Anxiety During Pregnancy and Children’s Behavioral Problems. Cells. *Shared first authorship. Link

Vacaru, S., Beijers, R., Browne, P. D., Cloin, M., van Bakel, H., van den Heuvel, M. I., & de Weerth, C. (2021). The risk and protective factors of heightened prenatal anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 lockdown. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 20261. Link

Visser, I., Bergmann, Ch., Byers-Heinlein, K., Dal Ben, R., Duch, W., Forbes, S., Franchin, L., Frank, M., Geraci, A., Hamlin, J.K., Kaldy, Z., Kulke, L., Laverty, C., Lew-Williams, C., Mateu, V., Mayor, J., Moreau, D., Nomikou, I., Schuwerk, T., Simpson, E., Singh, L., Soderstrom, M., Sullivan, J., van den Heuvel, M.I., Westermann, G., Yamada, Y., Zaadnoordijk, L., & Zettersten, M. (2021). Improving the generalizability of infant psychological research: The ManyBabies model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 4.

Rutherford, S., Sturmfels, P., Angstadt, M., Hect, J.L., Wiens, J., van den Heuvel, M.I., Scheinost, D., Sripada, C., & Thomason, M.E. (2021). Automated Brain Masking of Fetal Functional MRI with Open Data. Neuroinformatics, 1-13. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I. (2021). Intergenerational transmission of childhood adversity-related risk: Fetal brain programming as potential mechanism (commentary). Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 6, 385-386. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I., Hect, J.L., Smarr, B.L., Qawasmeh, T., Kriegsfeld, L.J., Barcelona, J., Hijazi, K.E. & Thomason, M.E. (2021). Maternal stress during pregnancy alters fetal cortico-cerebellar connectivity in utero and increases child sleep problems after birth. Scientific Reports, 11, 2228. Link

Boekhorst, M.G.B.M., Muskens, L., Hulsbosch, L.P., Van Deun, K., Berging, V., Pop, V.J.M., van den Heuvel, M.I. (2021). The COVID-19 outbreak increases maternal stress during pregnancy, but not the incidence of postpartum depression. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 8, 1-7. Link


Gholampour, F., Riem, M.M.E., & van den Heuvel, M.I. (2020). Maternal brain in the process of maternal-infant bonding: Review of the Literature. Social Neuroscience, 15, 380-384. Link

Barcelona, J., Fahlman, M., Churakova, Y., Canjels, R. Mallare, J., & van den Heuvel, M.I. (2020). Frontal alpha asymmetry during prayerful and resting states: An EEG study in Catholic Sisters. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 155, 9-15. Link

McLean, M., Van den Bergh, B.R.H., Baart, M., Vroomen, J., van den Heuvel, M.I. (2020). The Late Positive Potential (LPP): A neural marker of internalizing problems in early childhood. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 155, 78-86. Link

van de Ven, M.C.J., van den Heuvel, M.I., Bhogal, A., Lewis, T., & Thomason, M.E. (2020) Impact of maternal childhood maltreatment on child behavioral problems: The role of child frontal alpha asymmetry. Developmental Psychobiology, 154-169. Link


Turk, E., van den Heuvel, M.I., Benders, M.J.N.L., de Heus, R., Franx, A., Manning, J.H., Hect, J.L., Hernandez-Andrade, E., Hassan, S.S., Romero, R., Kahn, R.S., Thomason, M.E., & van den Heuvel, M.P. (2019) Functional connectome of the fetal brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 39, 9716-9724. Link

Barraza, P., Dumas, G., Liu, H., Blanco-Gomez, G., van den Heuvel, M.I., Baart, M., & Pérez, A. (2019). Implementing EEG hyperscanning setups. MethodsX, 6, 428-436. PDF  Link

Wong, K., Hicks, L.M., Seuntjens, T.G., Trentacosta, C.J., Hendriksen, T.H., Zeelenberg, M., & van den Heuvel, M.I. (2019). The role of mindful parenting in individual and social decision-making in children. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1-10 Link

Henrichs, J., van den Heuvel, M.I., Witteveen, A.B., Wilschut, J., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (2019). Does Mindful Parenting Mediate the Association between Maternal Anxiety during Pregnancy and Child Behavioral/Emotional Problems? MindfulnessLink


Bockneck, E., Richardson, P.A., van den Heuvel, M.I., Qipo, T., & Brophy-Herb, H.E. (2018). Sleep moderates the association between routines and emotion regulation in toddlers in poverty. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 966-974. Link

Thomason, M.E., Hect, J., Waller, R., Manning, J.H., Stacks, A.M., Beeghly, M., Boeve, J.L, Wong, K., van den Heuvel, M.I., Hernandez-Andrade, E., Hassan, S.S., & Romero, R. (2018). Prenatal neural origins of infant motor development: Associations between fetal brain and infant behavioral development. Development & Psychopathology, 30, 763–772. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I., Donkers, F.C.L., Henrichs, J., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (2018). Children Prenatally Exposed to Maternal Anxiety Devote More Attentional Resources to Neutral Pictures. Developmental Science, 21 (4), e12612. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I., Assen, M. & Glover, V., Cleas, S., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (2018). Association between maternal psychological distress and cortisol during pregnancy: A mixed-models approach. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 96, 52-60. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I., Turk, E., Manning, J.H., Hect, J., Hernandez-Andrade, E., Hassan, S.S., Romero, R., van den Heuvel, M.P., & Thomason, M.E. (2018). Hubs in the Human Fetal Brain Network. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 30, 108-115. Link


Van den Bergh, B.R.H., van den Heuvel, M.I., Lahti, M., Braeken, M.A.K.A., de Rooij, S., Entringer, S., Hoyer, D., Roseboom, T., Räikkönen, K., King, S., & Schwab, M. (2017). Prenatal developmental origins of behavior and mental health: the influence of maternal stress in pregnancy. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.  Link


van den Heuvel, M.I. & Thomason, M.E. (2016). Functional Connectivity of the Human Fetus Before Birth. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20 (12), 931-939. Link


van den Heuvel, M.I., Otte, R.A., Braeken, M.A.K.A., Winkler, I., Kushnerenko, E., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. l (2015). Differences between human auditory event-related potentials (AERPs) measured at 2 and 4 months after birth. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 97 (1), 75-83. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I., Johannes, M.A., Henrichs, J., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (2015). Maternal Mindfulness During Pregnancy As Related to Infant Socio-emotional Development and Temperament: The Mediating Role of Maternal Anxiety. Early Human Development, 91 (2), 103-108. Link

van den Heuvel, M.I., Donkers, F.C., Winkler, .I, Otte, R.A., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (2015). Maternal mindfulness and anxiety during pregnancy affect infants’ neural responses to sounds. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10 (3), 453-460. Link


van den Heuvel, M.I. (2016). Altered Neurocognitive Functioning in Infants and Young Children Prenatally Exposed to Maternal Anxiety and Mindfulness. Link

Book Chapters

Application of the Third Generation of Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Parenting. Editors: Moreira, H., Potharst, E.S., Canavarro, M.C. Chapter 1. Relations between parenting-related issues and concepts from the third-generation cognitive-behavioral framework. Published article: Wong, K., Hicks, L.M., Seuntjens, T.G., Trentacosta, C.J., Hendriksen, T.H., Zeelenberg, M., & van den Heuvel, M.I. (2019). The role of mindful parenting in individual and social decision-making in children. Frontiers E-Book. Link