Karin Roelofs

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials K.
Main position Hoogleraar RU, voorzitter Affective Neuroscience groep
Disciplines Psychology
Chair Experimentele Psychopathology
Domain Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
Membership Member
Since 2020
Member of Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
Employed by Radboud Universiteit, Behavioural Science Institute &
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DCCN)
Postbus 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
tel.  024 361 0651
Personal website

Karin Roelofs is an expert on stress and stress-related behaviour. She studies psychological and neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying social-motivational and stress-related behaviours. How do people make decisions when they are under stress? How do people regulate their emotions and what can help them if they have trouble doing so? These are questions that Roelofs studies in the lab using brain-imaging techniques, neural stimulation and hormone interventions. She has helped to shift the focus in her field from vulnerability and psychopathology to resilience and recovery capacity. Her research holds great promise for the early detection and treatment of affective disorders, and for counselling people with stressful occupations. For example, she is coordinating major studies into resilience in police officers.