II graduated from University of Cologne and have a background in clinical psychology and neuroscience. Currently, I am a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ute Habel and my research focuses on the impact of sex, genetics and epigenetics on the multilevel stress response. In detail, we are applying a psychosocial stress task in the fMRI scanner and investigate its effects on working memory, cortisol response, physiological arousal and affective ratings. The aim of the study is to identify groups with a high stress vulnerability and, therefore, increased risk for depression and anxiety disorders. Moreover, I continue a project on the modulation of risk taking and aggression in criminal offenders with neurostimulation I started during my master thesis.
I graduated Innsbruck University, Austria with a diploma degree in psychology and a focus on addiction research. Currently I am a PhD student in the group of Prof. Dr. Ute Habel and investigate the effectiveness of neurostimulation on the ability to regulate emotions, and further to reduce aggressive behavior in a group of criminal offenders.
I graduated from Maastricht University with a Master in Neuropsychology. I am currently a PhD student in the group of Prof. Dr. Natalya Chechko and my work focuses on postpartum depression (PPD). Specifically, I am interested in the multivariate prediction of PPD by means of behavioral, hormonal, functional and structural data.
My name is Micha Keller and I have graduated from Maastricht University with a Master’s in Neuropsychology. Currently, I am a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Mathiak. My PhD projects focus on brain self-regulation in the context of real-time fMRI neurofeedback in psychiatric populations. Furthermore, I am investigating neural correlates of heart rate and respiration to learn more about the interaction of central and peripheral mechanisms
Simon H. Kohl
I have a background in psychology and neuroscience and graduated from TU Dresden. My research focuses on neurofeedback research. During my master studies, I worked on a clinical trial of EEG neurofeedback in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at TU Dresden and later completed my master thesis within the BRAINTRAIN EU-project at the University of Tübingen investigating real-time fMRI neurofeedback training to improve eating behavior. In my PhD project, I am now investigating the potential of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) for neurofeedback applications under the supervision of Prof. Kerstin Konrad
After finishing my studies in electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and Ecole Centrale Lyon, I started my PhD under supervision of Prof. Dr. Dorit Merhof at the institute of Computer Vision and Imaging. I am working in the field of diffusion imaging, where I am researching new machine learning techniques that enable a robust analysis of brain microstructure and structural connectivity in multi-center studies.
Sophie Charlotte Niestroj
I completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Maastricht in which my main area of interest was the assessment of cognitive functions.
I have recently started a PhD in the research group of Prof. Kerstin Konrad where my focus will be on social information processing, emotion recognition and risk taking behavior in children,
adolescence and young adults with a history of early traumatic experiences. Furthermore, we will assess daily victimization experiences via ecological momentary assessments (EMA).
I completed my studies of Psychology at Trier University (B.Sc.) – with an exchange semester at Maastricht University – and at the University of Cologne (M.Sc.). Currently, I am working as research associate in the group of Prof. Reetz in the Department of Neurology, RWTH Aachen. Within my PhD project I investigate two major aspects of hereditary ataxias: biochemical markers in hereditary ataxias using metabolic imaging (Sodium MRI and MRS) and the behavioral/clinical perspective with a focus on psychological resilience, depression and other neuropsychiatric symptoms, e.g. emotional control.
I completed my Master’s Degree Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering at RWTH Aachen University with a focus on Biomedical Engineering. Within my PhD projects, I investigate the applicability of recent Machine Learning techniques in psychiatric imaging under supervision of Prof. Mathiak.