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Esther Habers

Assistant Professor

Name
Dr. G.E.A. Habers
Telephone
+31 71 527 5236
E-mail
g.e.a.habers@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Short CV

Esther Habers obtained her Research Master’s degree in Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam (cum laude; 2011). Thereafter, she performed her PhD research at the Child Development and Exercise Center of the University Medical Center in Utrecht. The studies presented in her PhD thesis were in the field of juvenile dermatomyositis, which is a rare systemic autoimmune disease affecting the microvasculature of the skeletal muscle and skin. Her dissertation entitles: “Exercise in action for juvenile dermatomyositis – steps towards understanding” (2015). Since December 2014, she is working as post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit of the Institute of Psychology. She is currently involved as post-doctoral researcher in the project: “Bright light therapy in rheumatoid arthritis to improve symptoms of fatigue and other disease outcomes: a randomized controlled pilot trial”. She is also thesis coordinator and thesis supervisor of the master Clinical Neuropsychology and she is involved as well in other teaching activities of the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit. Furthermore, she participates in the Master Evaluation Commission of the Master’s Programme Committee (MOC) of the Institute of Psychology.

Research

Esther Habers is especially interested in the human circadian rhythm and the interaction between the brain and the nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system in chronic inflammatory diseases. In a Bachelor’s project, she studied the circadian entrainment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (2015). In 2016 the Dutch Arthritis Foundation awarded a grant to perform the study entitled: “Bright light therapy in rheumatoid arthritis to improve symptoms of fatigue and other disease outcomes: a randomized controlled pilot trial”, with Esther as post-doctoral researcher (Principal Investigator: prof. dr. A.W.M. Evers; Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit). In a close collaboration with the Department of Rheumatology and the Laboratory of Neurophysiology of the Leiden University Medical Center this study is currently conducted at the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit.

Teaching

Esther Habers is thesis coordinator of the master Clinical Neuropsychology and she is involved as well in other teaching activities of the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit. Furthermore, she participates in the Master Evaluation Commission of the Master’s Programme Committee (MOC) of the Institute of Psychology. See also: https://www.organisatiegids.universiteitleiden.nl/en/faculties-and-institutes/social-and-behavioural-sciences/institutes/psychology/masters-programme-committee.

Grants

Supervisors

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A15

Contact

Publications

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