Roelofs , Karin1
Prof. Karin Roelofs 

Full Professor

Stress-related disorders


Karin Roelofs is Professor of Experimental Psychopathology at the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) and chair of the PI-group "Affective Neuroscience" at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU). Her true passion is to study psychological and neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying social-motivational behavior in healthy individuals and in various forms of psychopathology where social-motivational behavior is disregulated. Her group studies hormone-brain interactions in stress-related disorders (social phobia and PTSD), psychopathy and somatoform disorders (conversion and somatisation), using various neuroscience techniques: fMRI, EEG, and TMS. Important research questions are: How do people regulate their emotional actions? Can we improve emotion control by administering hormones, such as testosterone or by directly influencing brain activity? Can we predict who will develop psychopathology on the basis of freeze-fight and flight tendencies? Answering these questions will eventually lead to increased insight in affective disorders and promises to advance early detection of symptoms and their treatment.

National & International Personal Prizes & Awards

  • 2014: VICI grant from NWO: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (€1.500,000). Role: Primary applicant. Title: Police In-action. The role of freeze-fight-flight tendencies in post traumatic stress. (grant No. 016 085 354). 
  • 2013: Toptalent grant from NWO. (€200,000). Role: primary applicant (Candidate: H. Niermann). The Role of Human Freeze Reactions in the Development of Stress Symptoms: A Longitudinal Approach 
  • 2012: European Research Council (ERC-StG): (€1.500,000). Role: Primary applicant. Title: The Neural control of human Freeze-Fight-flight. (grant No. ERC-StG-2012-313749). 
  • 2007: VIDI and ASPASIA grants from NWO (€700,000). Role: Primary applicant. Title: The psychoneuroendocrinology of social anxiety. An emotion regulation approach. (grant No. 016 085 354 (VIDI); 015.004.016 (ASPASIA)) 
  • 2004: Veni grant (NWO) (€250,000). Role: Primary applicant. Title: Stress and prefrontal motor control in conversion paralysis. (grant No. 451-02-115).

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