Karin Roelofs


Karin Roelofs is Professor of Experimental Psychopathology at the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and chair of the Affective Neuroscience group at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour (DI), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU). After obtaining her Masters’ Degrees in Neuropsychology and in Clinical psychology, she graduated Cum Laude at the RU (2002). Part of her studies she spent as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH: Washington DC, USA). From 2001-2011 she worked as assistant and associate professor, respectively, at the Leiden University (Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition: LIBC). Thereafter she moved to the Radboud University where she started the EPAN group “Experimental Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience” at the BSI and the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN). Her true passion is to study psychological and neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying social-motivational behavior in healthy individuals and in various forms of social psychopathologies. To this end she uses various brain imaging (fMRI, MEG) techniques, combined with neural stimulation (TMS, cTBS, tACS) or pharmacological interventions (steroid hormones) during emotion control or decision making tasks.
In addition, she studies the influence of stress on the (neural) development of emotion control in longitudinal samples, including the Nijmegen Longitudinal Study and a large police cohort. Karin Roelofs received several European [ERC-starting (2013: NEURODEFENSE), ERC-consolidator (2018: DARE2APPROACH), collaborative Fp7 (2013: AGGRESSOTYPE) and Horizon2020 (2017: DYNAMORE) grants] and National [NWO: VENI, VIDI, ASPASIA and VICI] grants for her research. Furthermore, she is a registered GZ psychologist (BIG) and cognitive behavioral therapist (VCGT).

See http://www.roelofs-epan.nl for publications, research statement and information about the EPAN group