Bernet Elzinga

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials B.M.
Main position Hoogleraar UL
Disciplines Psychology
Chair Stressgerelateerde psychopathologie
Domain Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
Membership Member
Since 2021
Member of Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
Member of Jury of the C.L. de Carvalho - Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science
Employed by Universiteit Leiden, Fac. Sociale en Gedragswetenschappen
Instituut Psychologie, Sectie Klinische Psychologie
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
tel.  071 527 3745

Bernet Elzinga’s innovative work is deepening our understanding of one of the key causes of human suffering: early-life stress. She combines neurobiological, physiological and observational data to study the effect of stressful experiences on brain development and wellbeing in young people and adults. Elzinga has shown that stress can shape the developing brain, with significant long-term effects on the mental health of the person who has experienced it, but also on subsequent generations. Elzinga has co-initiated various family studies on stress and depression. She is also committed to turning research findings into effective stress-reduction interventions, for example for parents of depressed adolescents.