Dr. Laura Nawijn, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

As a neuroscientist, I investigate the neurobiology of mental health, particularly Depression, Anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Using neuroimaging, genetics and endocrine stress markers, I look for neurobiological correlates of symptom dimensions (such as anxiety and anhedonia) and risk factors (such as trauma exposure and lifestyle) that are involved in these mental health disorders. Furthermore, I use longitudinal modeling to explore how these associations develop over time.

Through my work, I want to get a better understanding of the way mental health issues develop from a biological and psychosocial perspective, and why people differ from each other in their vulnerability to these problems. 

Next to my research, I teach the courses Human Stress Research and Big Questions in Consciousness at Amsterdam University College.

Contact information

Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc

Department of Psychiatry. H1.05
Oldenaller 1, 1081 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands