Dr. Geert-Jan Will

Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychology

My research seeks to understand how low self-esteem makes people vulnerable to mental illness so that it can be effectively treated, and ultimately prevented. I use behavioral experiments, computational models, and neuroimaging to investigate how self-esteem is shaped by social feedback and how negative self-beliefs bias how people learn from feedback. I combine lab experiments with measures of daily experiences to better understand how social adversity may lead to self-esteem related health problems, such as depression.