Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Emotion control in aggression, a neuroendocrine perspective
Karin Roelofs is Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and chair of the Affective Neuroscience group (EPAN) at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is an expert in psychological and neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying stress-resilience and stress-related disorders, including anxiety and aggression-related disorders. With a clear focus on neurocognitive mechanisms of defensive stress-responses, she uses various brain imaging (fMRI, MEG) techniques, combined with neural stimulation (cTBS, tACS, TUS) or pharmacological interventions (steroid hormones) during emotional control and decision making tasks. Next, to test their role in resilience, she applies the neurocognitively grounded paradigms in longitudinal samples, including a developmental sample from the Nijmegen Longitudinal Study (NLS) a large police cohort from the NWO-VICI funded Police-In-Action (PIA) study and patients with stress-related disorders from the ERC-consolidator funded DARE2APPROACH study. Karin Roelofs is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Academia Europaea (AE), founding member and vice-president of the Association for ERC Grantees (AERG) and president of the International Resilience Alliance (INTRESA). She is recipient of several European grants, including ERC-starting, ERC-consolidator and EU horizon2020 grants. In 2020 she won the Evens Science Prize, an international prize for societally relevant cognitive neuroscience research, for her work on stress-resilience. Furthermore, she is a BIG-registered GZ-psychologist.