Alexandre HEEREN

Alexandre HEEREN 
Professor — FNRS Research associate

[for full biography and CV, see my website]

Affiliations: Psychological Science Research Institute and Institute of Neuroscience




Research domains

  • Topics: Network approaches to mental disorders; Attentional and executive processes in anxiety and related psychopathology; Investigation of potential transdiagnostic “bridges” across disorders (e.g., attentional and executive mechanisms, brain alterations, avoidance, rumination; affiliative system); Translational research (e.g., neuromodulation, cognitive training, CBT)
  • Methods: Self-report, reaction-time, psychophysiology, neuromodulation, fMRI, clinical trials, and computational network analysis, time series.
  • Other domains: network analysis;  data science; research methodology; meta-analysis; affective neuroscience; addiction; neuropsychology

Ten recent representative publications (over the last five years)

(see CV or Google Scholar citations report or ResearchGate profile for the full publications list)

  • Heeren, A., Jones, P. J., & McNally, R. J. (2018). Mapping network connectivity among symptoms of social anxiety and comorbid depression in people with social anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 228, 75-82.
  • Heeren, A., Mogoaşe, C., Philippot, P., & McNally, R.J. (2015). Attention bias modification for social anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 76-90. 
  • Heeren, A., Bernstein, E.E., &  McNally, R.J. (2018). Deconstructing trait anxiety: A network perspective. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 31, 262-276.
  • Heeren, A., Billieux, J., Philippot, P., de Raedt, R., Baeken, C., de Timary, P., Maurage, P., & Vanderhasselt, M.-A. (2017). Impact of transcranial direct current stimulation on attentional bias for threat: A proof-of-concept study among individuals with social anxiety disorder. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 2, 251-260.
  • Heeren, A., Dricot, L., Billieux, J., Philippot, P., Grynberg, D., de Timary, P., & Maurage, P. (2017). Correlates of social exclusion in social anxiety disorder: An fMRI study. Scientific Reports — Nature, 7, 260.
  • Heeren, A. & McNally, R.J. (2016). An integrative network approach to social anxiety disorder: The complex dynamic interplay among attentional bias for threat, attentional control, and symptoms. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 42, 95-104.
  • Heeren, A. & McNally, R.J. (2018). Social anxiety disorder as a densely interconnected network of fear and avoidance for social situations. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 42, 103-113
  • Bernstein, E.E., Heeren, A., & McNally, R.J. (2017). Unpacking rumination and executive control: A network perspective. Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 816-826.
  • McNally, R.J., Heeren, A., & Robinaugh, D.J. (2017). A Bayesian network analysis of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in adults reporting childhood sexual abuse. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8, Sup 3. 
  • Billieux, J., Schimmenti, A., & Khazaal, Y., Maurage, P., & Heeren, A. (2015). Are we overpathologizing everyday life? A tenable blueprint for behavioral addiction research. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 4, 3, 119-123.


Ph.D. students

  • Marie-Annelise Blanchard (Supervisor)
  • Charlotte Coussement (Supervisor) 
  • Yorgo Hoebeke (Supervisor)
  • Monica Riesco de Vega (Supervisor)
  • Alice Veschuren (Co-supervision with Céline Douilliez)

Visiting researchers 

  • Alba Contreras Cuevas (Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain) 


  • Introduction to graph theory and statistical network analysis for psychologists and neuroscientists [UCL/ LPSYS2168]
  • General Psychopathology [LPSP1202]