Dr. Laura Nawijn, PhD

Postdoc researcher

L. (Laura) Nawijn is postdoctoral researcher at the department of psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC/VUmc. 

Laura is interested in the neurobiology of psychopathology, with a specific interest in fear and reward-processing in depression and anxiety, and the effects of trauma and stress. In her work she mainly uses neuroimaging data, but also combines imaging with (epi)genetics, endocrine and behavioral measures. In her current research project she investigates neural reactivity and connectivity as potential biomarkers for depression phenotypes and the course of depression, using the imaging sample of the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA).  She is also involved in the Lifebrain consortium, an international collaboration of longitudinal neuroimaging cohorts in Europe. Within Lifebrain Laura investigates neural correlates of depression and anxiety in association with lifestyle factors and biological aging. 

Laura obtained a Bachelor in Biological Psychology and a Master in Neuroscience at the VU university in Amsterdam. After her studies she worked as a researcher in Public Health and Youth Healthcare at TNO, Leiden. Laura did her PhD at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, investigating the effects of the hormone oxytocin on brain functioning in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is involved in the MDD and PTSD working groups of the imaging genetics consortium (ENIGMA).

Contact information

Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc

Department of Psychiatry / GGZ inGeest
Oldenaller 1, 1081 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands