Sofie van Rongen is a PhD candidate at the Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles Group, supervised by prof. dr. Emely de Vet and dr. Kirsten Verkooijen. Her research focuses mainly on psychological explanations of less healthy diets of low income groups. Currently, she investigates the effect of experiencing scarcity on eating behaviour (in terms of calorie intake and food choice). Another research project she is working on relates to the physical food environment and how it encourages or discourages eating. Specifically, the focus is on social norm cues.
She obtained her BSc Honours degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (major in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience) at University College Utrecht, and her MSc degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Maastricht University.