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Karin Roelofs

Faculty of Social Sciences

Karin Roelofs is Professor of Experimental Psychopathology at the Behavioural Science Institute, and chair of the Affective Neuroscience group at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University Nijmegen.


She and her EPAN-group (Experimental Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience) study psychological and neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying adaptive and maladaptive decision making in relation to stress-vulnerability and resilience. She is particularly interested in exploring the neurocognitive mechanisms of approach-avoidance decisions, using various brain imaging (fMRI, MEG) techniques, combined with neural stimulation (TMS, cTBS, tACS) or pharmacological interventions (steroid hormones). To test the role of decision making in stress-resilience and vulnerability, she applies decision paradigms in longitudinal samples, including a developmental sample from the Nijmegen Longitudinal Study (NLS) a large police cohort from the Police-In-Action (PIA) study and patients with affective disorders from the ERC-funded DARE2APPROACH study.


Karin Roelofs is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Academia Europaea (AE) and the International Resilience Alliance (INTRESA). As vice-president of the Association for ERC Grantees (AERG) she is committed to fundamental science in Europe.


Karin Roelofs received several European grants (ERC-starting, ERC consolidator, collaborative Fp7 and Horizon2020) and National grants (NWO: VENI, VIDI, ASPASIA, VICI and CROSSOVER) for her research. Furthermore, she is a BIG-registered GZ-psychologist.


See for publications, research statement and information about the EPAN group.

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