Anita Harrewijn is a PhD student in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.
“Studying psychophysiological endophenotypes of social anxiety disorder is important to understand this disorder better.”
Anita Harrewijn has finished her PhD studies in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. She will defend her thesis at the beginning of 2018 and is currently a post-doctoral associate at the University of Maryland.
She obtained her master’s degree at Leiden University, where she followed the research master in Developmental Psychology. During her research master she did a research internship of two months at University College London and she wrote her thesis in the Brain and Development lab. Both projects focused on intentional inhibition. She also worked as a student assistant in the Leiden Family Lab.
As a PhD student, Anita was working in the Leiden Family Lab under supervision of prof. Michiel Westenberg and dr. Melle van der Molen. This project aimed to profile psychophysiological endophenotypes of social anxiety disorder. Anita focused on neural correlates (EEG), physiological arousal (heart rate and cortisol) during pre- and post-event rumination as putative endophenotypes of SAD. The Leiden Family Lab study uses a multigenerational family design, comprising SAD patients and their family members. This novel multilevel systems neuroscience approach goes beyond the phenotypical level of analysis, and aims at delineating heritable neural and physiological trait markers that can be examined genetically and ultimately facilitate medical and behavioural interventions.