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Bernet Elzinga

Professor of Stress-related Psychopathology

Name
Prof.dr. B.M. Elzinga
Telephone
+31 71 527 3745
E-mail
elzinga@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Academic Career

  • Full professor ‘Stress-related Psychopathology’, Clinical Psychology, Leiden University (2011- present)
  • Associate professor (UHD), Clinical Psychology, Leiden University (2008 - 2011)
  • Assistant professor (UD), Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology, Leiden University (2002- 2007)
  • PhD (cum laude). Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Department of Psychiatry, Free University (VU). Title: Searching for amnesia. Cognitive and neurobiological studies on trauma-related memory (2002)
  • Researcher at ‘Yale Trauma Research Program’, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA (2002)
  • MA Philosophy (cum laude), University of Amsterdam (2002)
  • Postdoctoral training for Cognitive Behavior Therapist (BIG registration Psychotherapist 2004, GZ-psychologist 2004)
  • MA Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychology (cum laude), University of Amsterdam (1996)

Academic Awards

  • Elected Member Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW, Royal Society of Sciences, http://www.khmw.nl) (2017)
  • NWO-VICI laureate (Grant for outstanding senior researchers who have shown to have the ability to successfully develop their own innovative lines of research and act as coaches for young researchers). Title: ‘Unravelling the Impact of Emotional Maltreatment on the Developing Brain’ (2016)
  • NWO-VIDI laureate (Grant for outstanding young researchers who are among the top 10-20% of their peer group). Title: Genetic vulnerability factors mediating the effects of childhood abuse on brain structures and functions (2008)
  • Elected Fellow ‘The Young Academy’ (DJA) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, 2006)
  • NWO-VENI laureate (Grant for outstanding young researchers who are among the top 10-20% of their peer group). Title: ‘The role of prefrontal inhibition on persistent trauma-related fear in PTSD’ (2003)
  • NWO – VICI laureate 2016 (Grant for outstanding senior researchers who have shown that they have the ability successfully to develop their own innovative lines of research and to act as coaches for young researchers). Title: Unravelling the Impact of Emotional Maltreatment on the Developing Brain.
  • NWO - VIDI laureate 2008 (Grant for outstanding young researchers who are among the top 10-20% of their peer group). Title: Genetic vulnerability factors mediating the effects of childhood abuse on brain structures and functions.
  • Fellow of the ‘Young Academy’ (DJA) of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected in 2006).
  • NWO – VENI laureate 2003 (Grant for outstanding young researchers who are among the top 10-20% of their peer group). Title: The role of prefrontal inhibition on persistent trauma-related fear in PTSD.

Main Research Interests

The main focus of my research is how early life stress can chronically shape emotional, physiological and brain responses and social behavior, therewith increasing the sensitivity to stress-related disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder) in adulthood. My work is strongly interdisciplinary in nature. I integrate knowledge from social neuroscience, stress physiology (cortisol, BDNF), and experimental psychopathology and combine this with an epidemiological approach. This enables me to disentangle the impact of various forms of maltreatment on adult depression and anxiety and their associations with alterations in the brain, consistently pointing to the pervasive impact of childhood emotional maltreatment.

To further elucidate the processes underlying maladaptive family interactions, we established the ‘Leiden Family Lab’ (https://www.leidenfamilylab.nl). Here, we have conducted a large 3-generation study on the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment, including observations of parent-child interactions and neuroimaging. My lab’s ongoing work (the RE-PAIR study) predominantly focuses on the role of parent-child interactions in the development, maintenance and treatment of depression in adolescent. Here, we apply a similar multi-method approach, integrating observations on parent-child interactions in the lab and in daily life, using electronic diaries, with ecologically valid fMRI tasks that mimic parent-child interactions. With the recently acquired Gravitation project, we aim to develop new statistical models to analyse how individual networks of symptoms and behaviors interact.

Dissertations (PhD projects)

  • Carline van Heijningen (ongoing). Resilience after Experiencing Childhood Parental Loss (LUF grant). Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. L.R.A. Alink, Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, dr. S.R. van Berkel
  • Cosima Nimphy (ongoing). BAT: Breaking the Transmission of Anxiety in the Family. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. W. van der Does, dr. E. Aktar
  • Marie-Louise Kullberg (ongoing). Aggregation of parental abuse and neglect among siblings and long-term associations with depression. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Charlotte van Schie
  • Wilma Wentholt (ongoing). Parent-child interactions in the context of adolescent depression (VICI project). Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga
  • Lisanne van Houtum (ongoing). Unravelling the Impact of Emotional Maltreatment on the Developing Brain (VICI project). Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, dr. M. Tollenaar, Dr. G.J. van Will
  • Mirjam Wever (ongoing). Elucidating the neural correlates involved in parental Emotional Maltreatment (VICI project). Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, dr. M. Tollenaar, Dr. G.J. van Will.
  • Loes Janssen (ongoing). Unravelling the Impact of Emotional Maltreatment in the context of adolescent depression (VICI project). Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, dr. B. Verkuil
  • Mona Shahab (ongoing), The impact and treatment of the consequences of trauma exposure among young refugees. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, dr. D. Mook, Prof. dr. F.R. Rosendaal
  • Lisa van den Berg (ongoing). The neural processes involved in the intergenerational transmission of childhood abuse. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. M. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Dr. M. Tollenaar
  • Charlotte van Schie (2019). State self-esteem in borderline personality disorder. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. W. J. Heiser, Prof. dr. S.A.R.B. Rombouts
  • Annegret Krause (2017). Emotional distraction and working memory in Borderline Personality Disorder. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven, Prof. dr. C.S. Schmahl.
  • Steven van der Werff (2017). Resilience and vulnerabilty to stress. Prom./coprom: Prof. Dr. N. van der Wee, Prof. dr. F. Zitman, Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga
  • Laura de Block (2017). Child Maltreatment: Underlying Risk Factors and Perspectives of Parents and Children. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. M. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Prof. dr. L. Alink, Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga
  • Manja Koenders (2016). Effects of stressful life events, social support and cognitive functioning on longitudinally assessed mood in patients with bipolar disorder. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven, dr. A.T. Spijker, dr. E.J. Giltay
  • Marc Molendijk (2014, Cum Laude). The role of BDNF in anxiety and depression. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven, Prof. dr. B. Penninx
  • Anne-Laura van Harmelen (2013). The impact of stressful life events on brain structures and functions related to memory performance. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven, Prof. dr. B. Penninx
  • Nicole Y.L. Oei (2010). Memory function after stress: the effects of acute stress and cortisol on memory and the inhibition of emotional distraction. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven
  • Marieke S. Tollenaar (2009). Fading memories. The impact of stress hormones on the retrieval of emotional memories. Prom./coprom: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven, Prof. dr. W.T.A.M. Everaerd

Research Support (selection)

2020-2030

NWO Gravitation Project ‘New Science of Mental Disorders’. PI: Prof. dr. A. Janssen, co-PI’s: Prof. dr. B. Elzinga, Prof. dr. M. Kindt, Prof. dr. R. Wiers,  a.o. (€26M)

2017-2025 

MARIO (Mood and Resilience in Offspring) project’, 60-63600-98-002, GGZ OnderzoeksProgramma ZON-MW. PI’s: Prof. dr. B. Penninx & Prof. dr. M. Hillegers, Co-PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga a.o. (€2.7 M)

2017-2019

Leiden Research Profile ‘Health, prevention and the human life cycle’ PI’s: Prof. dr. M. Numans & Prof. dr. A. Evers. Project ‘Family aggregation of mood and anxiety disorders. PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, Prof. dr. B. van Hemert (€100,000)

2016-2021

NWO–VICI grant ‘Unravelling the Impact of Emotional Maltreatment on the Developing Brain’. PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga (€1.500,000)

2016-2018 

Self-related Socio-cognitive Functions in Dissociative Individuals: An Experimental Psychopathology Study (No. 24618115). Early Career Scheme from Research Grants Council (Hong Kong). PI: Dr. C. Chiu, Collaborators:Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga & dr. M. Tollenaar (HKD 574,000)

2013-2014

Fellowship ‘Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies’ (NIAS). PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, in theme group with Prof. dr. E. Crone (€15,000)

2011-2013

Leiden University Fund (LUF). Starting grant Interdisciplinary minor Leiden University ‘Childhood abuse and neglect across the life span’. PI’s: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga & Prof. dr. L. Alink (€190,000)

2011-2013

Implementation Grant ZON-MW, 'Aandacht voor verwaarlozing en emotioneel misbruik'. PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga, co-PI’s: Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven, C. de Roos, M. Rense, L. Tham (€42,872)

2011-2014

Leiden Research Profile ‘Health, prevention and the human life cycle’ PI’s: Prof. dr. R. van IJzendoorn & Prof. dr. P. Assendelft. Project ‘Intergenerational transmission of abuse’: PhD Lisa van der Berg (PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga) (€250,000)

2010-2011

Grant international conference 'Abuse & Neglect Across the Life Span', profile area ‘Health, Prevention, and the Human Life Cycle’, Leiden University, PI’s: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga & Prof. dr. L. Alink. (€23,000)

2010-2014

FES grant ‘Brain & Cognition’. Resilience and vulnerability to stress. PI: Prof. dr. N. van der Wee, co-PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga (€250,000)

2008–2013

NWO Aspasia-grant PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga (€100,000)

2008–2013

NWO VIDI grant ‘The effects of childhood abuse on the brain: moderation by genetic vulnerability factors’. PI: Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga (€600,000)

2005-2009

ZON-MW grant ‘Testing and implementation of group stabilizing intervention for women with complex PTSD’. PI: Dr. N. Draijer. (€250,000)

2004-2008

NWO Research Grant Open Competition (400 03 210), The accessibility of emotional memories’. PI: Prof. dr. W. Everaerd, Co-PI’s: Prof. dr. Ph. Spinhoven, & Prof. dr. B.M. Elzinga) (€200,000)

2003-2007

NWO VENI, ‘The role of prefrontal inhibition on persistent trauma related fear in PTSD’. PI: Prof. Dr. B.M. Elzinga (€250.000)

Teaching

  • Coordinator and teacher ‘Mental Health and Illness, Leiden University College (LUC).
  • Initiator and coordinator interdisciplinary minor ‘Childhood abuse and neglect across the life span’ (yearly >100 students & 350 students in elective course ‘Psychological & neurobiological consequences of childhood abuse’)
  • Coordinator and lecturer bachelor courses ‘Personality, Clinical, and Health Psychology’ and  ‘Stress’
  • Teacher Masters course ‘Clinical Psychology’
  • Thesis supervisor and research internships Master students, Clinical Psychology
  • Coordinator Research Master students, Clinical Psychology

Clinical registrations

  • GZ psychologist (BIG register # 79057185125, registered 2004, renewal 2016)
  • Psychotherapist (BIG register # 99057185116, registered 2002)

Management / Ancilliary activities

  • Deputy Chair, Section Clinical Psychology, Leiden University (2017- present)
  • Facilitator Natural Leadership Program (4-month program incl. wilderness trails: http://naturalleadership.eu. South-Africa 2016; Botswana 2015; 2018; Spain, 2018) and member of integration committee (2016-present)
  • Chair Committee Ethics of Psychology (CEP), Leiden University (2014-present)
  • Management Team, Clinical Psychology, Leiden University (2013-present)
  • Management Team, J.C. Ruigrok Stichting (http://www.jcruigrokstichting.nl) (2015-present)
  • Management Team ‘Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition  (LIBC) (2012-present)
  • Management Team Leids Universitair Behandel Expertise Centrum (LUBEC) (2017-2020)
  • Scientific Advisory Board Equipex Matrice, National Research Agency (ANR) (Paris, 2017, 2019)
  • Management Team Leiden Interdisciplinary Network Child Maltreatment (LINC) (2010-2016)
  • Management Team, ‘Health, prevention and the Human life cycle’, Leiden University (2011-2019)
  • Supervisor ‘Mentor program for female scientists Leiden University’ (2016-2017)
  • Visiting Committee Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Psychology (Hong Kong, 2018)
  • Research Supervisor postdoctoral training Clinical Psychologists, NIP (2007-2013)
  • Advisor National Center of Expertise on Sexual Convictions’ (Landelijk Expertise centrum Bijzondere Zedenzaken, LEBZ) (2009-2017)

Keynote lectures (selection, since 2015)

  • Chair and speaker symposium ‘The impact of type and timing of childhood trauma on emotion regulation and social interactions: an fMRI approach', 34rd Annual Meeting of International Society Traumatic Stress (ISTSS) (Boston, 2019)
  • Invitated panel member ‘International Expert meeting on emotional abuse’ (Philadelphia, 2019)
  • Keynote Family Matters on childhood abuse and neglect’, 16th ESTSS Conference,  (Rotterdam, 2019)
  • Invited Lecture GRK retreat Mannheim University and Heidelberg University, (Deidesheim, Germany, 2019)
  • Keynote landelijk EMDR-congres Family Matters: de lange termijn gevolgen van mishandeling en verwaarlozing’ (Utrecht, 2019)
  • Keynote Vereniging voor Zakelijke Mediatie, ‘Stress en de mediator’ (Amsterdam, 2019)
  • Initiator and scientific Program Committee LIBC-Publieksdag ‘Geheugensporen. Het ik tussen verleden, heden en toekomst’ (Leiden, 2019)
  • Keynote Congres Nare Jeugdervaringen: ‘Nare jeugdervaringen en gevolgen op latere leeftijd’ (Zwolle, 2018)
  • DIES oratie Back to the roots: de jeugd als bron van kwetsbaarheid en veerkracht’ Leiden University (Leiden, 2018)
  • ESTSS "Family matters: intergenerational aspects of childhood maltreatment" (chair and presenter) (Odense, Denmark, 2017)
  • Presenter EABCT conference ‘Early Traumatization and Psychopathology: Mediating Factors and New Treatment Options’ (Ljubljana, 2017)
  • Keynote Jubileum Publieksdag Hersenstichting (Rotterdam, 2017)
  • Keynote Congres Nederlandstalige Vereniging voor Psychotrauma (NtVP), ‘De nieuwste inzichten over intergenerationale overdracht van mishandeling en verwaarlozing’ (Lunteren, 2017)
  • Chair and Speaker symposium ‘Childhood maltreatment and social functioning later in life: a neurobiological approach’, 32nd Annual Meeting of International Society Traumatic Stress (ISTSS) (Dallas, 2016)
  • Invited Speaker Master Class PhD-students KFO Graduate School, Central Institute of Mental Health (Mannheim, Germany, 2016)
  • Invited academic lectures (F.C. Donders Institute, University of Groningen, University of Maastricht, Utrecht University, University of Tilburg, University of Amsterdam, Free University of Amsterdam, Postdoctoral Research School EPP)
  • Invited public lectures (Hersenstichting, Pleegzorg, Rechtbank Den-Haag, Jeugdzorg Amsterdam, PsyQ Den-Haag, Rivierduinen, ANWB, Vereniging voor Zakelijke Mediatie, Congres Zorgtekort, etc).

Reviewing

  • Editorial Board: European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Borderline Personality and Emotion Dysregulation
  • Guest editor Acta Psychologica and European Journal of Psychotraumatology
  • Reviewer: Science, Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Biological Psychiatry, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Behavioral Neurosciences, Brain and Cognition, SCAN, Stress, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Memory, Cognition and Emotion, Psychiatry Research, Acta Psychologica, etc.
  • Reviewer of (inter)national grant applications NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), VENI, VIDI, VICI, open competition, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, etc.
  • Member of (inter)national PhD defense committees (>75)

Publications (international)

120 publications, H-index Google Scholar: 58, #10.912 citations (see website)

CV Bernet Elzinga 2020

Professor of Stress-related Psychopathology

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Klinische Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B39

Contact

Publications

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