Evin Aktar earned her bachelor degree at Bogazici University in Istanbul in 2008. She started the Research Master Psychology Programme at the University of Amsterdam, and graduated in 2010 cum laude with a major specialization in clinical psychology and a minor specialization in psychonomics. She completed her PhD in the Developmental Psychopathology section at the Research Institute Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. Her PhD focused on the intergenerational transmission of depression and anxiety. More specifically, she investigated how being exposed to negative emotions from parents in everyday interactions can contribute to early parent-to-child transmission of depression and anxiety. Following her PhD, she continued her work as post-doc researcher at the Developmental Psychopathology section at the Research Institute Child Development and Education, where she extended her research on learning of negative emotions from parents in infancy and childhood. Evin is currently working as an assistant professor at the Clinical Psychology in Leiden University. In her research, she is adopting a multi-method approach incorporating the study of emotional expressions, attention and physiology in parents and children for a better understanding of the mechanisms explaining the intergenerational transmission of depression and anxiety.
In June 2018 Evin received a VENI grant, which enables her to continue her line of work on verbal transmission of stranger anxiety from parents to children at Leiden University, starting January 2019.