I have a degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Copenhagen with my dissertation on multidisciplinary research on depression, which received the university gold medal (2006), and an MSc (with Distinction) (2004) and a DPhil (PhD) (2008) from University of Oxford in Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry.
I lead a number of clinical and experimental studies in patients with affective disorders using clinical ratings, neurocognitive testing and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Alongside my research I have received training in and worked with cognitive behavioural therapy of patients with depression or bipolar disorder and qualified as clinical psychologist in 2011.
Senior researcher and lecturer. The current research focus aims to identify neurobiological changes underlying the cognitive improvements observed with treatment of affective disorders. The methodological expertise includes extensive experience with functional MRI study design, image acquisition and analysis, structural and diffusion MRI, and computational modeling of neurophysiological data.
Søren F.V. Nielsen,
Research Assistant, Ph.d. from Technical University of Denmark pending confirmation. I conduct machine learning analyses of fMRI data, trying to both develop new biomarkers for affective disorders and relate neural responses to treatment outcomes. I will be working on data from the NEAD, EPO, BIO and PRETEC studies. I have an M.Sc. in Engineering from DTU with mathematical modeling and computation as the primary focus area.
Postdoctoral researcher, PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London (UCL) in 2017. I am interested in how hippocampal functions and episodic memory are altered in affective disorders and by negative emotion, and how these alterations can contribute to the development and maintenance of psychiatric disorders. In the NEAD group, I work with analysis of fMRI data and on the AVRA project, where we investigate novel methods to assess hippocampal function, memory, and executive functions in patients with affective disorders. During my PhD, I investigated the effects of post-encoding processing on episodic memory and memory intrusions for traumatic material using behavioural methods and fMRI. I also hold an MSc (with distinction) in Clinical Neuroscience from UCL and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen.
Iselin Meluken, Medical doctor and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I work on the NEAD twin project investigating putative imaging and neurocognitive endophenotypes for affective disorders in a nationwide sample of monozygotic twins. My key research interest is the biological background of affective disorders and how to use this knowledge to improve diagnostics and treatment.
MD, PhD student
Ninja Meinhard, Medical doctor and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I work on the NEAD project focusing on the biological biomarkers in affective disorders. I graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Copenhagen in 2012 with my thesis about the role of estrogen in bipolar disorder. My research interest is primarily the biological underpinnings of affective disorders.
MD, PhD student
Lejla Sjanic Schmidt,
MD, PhD student
Medical doctor and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I am working on the EPO-T study which aims to investigate wether short-term add-on treatment with erythropoietin (EPO) can counteract the cognitive side-effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). My key research interest is the neurobiological etiology of the cognitive dysfunction in patients with depression. My overall passion is creating better treatment strategies for patients with depression.
Hanne Lie Kjærstad, Psychologist and PhD student (University of Copenhagen). I am working on the BIO-3 study that aims to investigate neurocognitive, brain-based biomarkers in newly diagnosed patients with bipolar disorder and their unaffected relatives. Before working as a research assistant at the Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, I completed my BSc at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, followed by an MSc in clinical- and neuropsychology at University of Copenhagen.
Psychologist, PhD student
Caroline Vintergaard Ott, Psychologist, PhD studentPsychologist (University of Copenhagen) and PhD student. I obtained my MSc in Psychology in 2016, majoring in neuropsychology and clinical psychology. My main research interests are novel treatments targeting cognition and functional capacity across affective disorders, and the identification of biomarkers of cognitive impairment. I am involved in the PRETEC-ABC study, where I am assessing the effect of a new psychological treatment for objective cognitive impairment in patients with bipolar disorder.
Jeff Zarp Petersen, Psychologist (University of Copenhagen) and PhD student. I obtained my MSc with specialisation in clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology in 2017. As a PhD student in the NEAD Group, I am involved in the PRETEC-EPO and the EPO-T studies. My research interests are cognitive deficits in mood disorders, the underlying neuropathophysiology and the relationship between psychological and neurobiological perspectives in understanding and treating affective disorders.
Psychologist, PhD student
Anne Juul Bjertrup, Psychologist (University of Copenhagen) and PhD student. I work on several studies in the NEAD group including the recent validation studies of novel screening tools for cognitive dysfunction in depression. My research interests lie in the field of neuropsychology and psychiatry.
Psychologist, PhD student
I work on the PRETEC-EPO and EPO-T studies. In these studies, I assist with administrative tasks in relation to conducting these randomised controlled trials, blood tests, infusions of the study medication and ECGs etc. I have previously worked as a clinical nurse helping patients with affective disorders and find it very interesting and relevant to help these patients with their cognitive issues in the present trials. I have also worked giving patients ECT and therefore know how clinically relevant it would be for the patients if we can counteract the cognitive side-effects of this intervention.
Cecilia Søbye Petersen,
Postgraduate student of psychology (University of
Copenhagen) and research assistant in NEAD Group. I am involved in
the BIO-3 as well as the PRETEC-marker project. My main research interests are
in the field of neuropsychology and psychiatry.
Postgraduate student of Psychology with specialisation in clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology (University of Copenhagen) and research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am assisting on the BIO-3 study and the PRETEC Marker project, where I do clinical interviews, neuropsychological testing and fMRI scans of the participants. I am also working on the METAB project, where I examine the possible effect of metacognitive therapy to patients with bipolar disorder and comorbid anxiety. My research interest is primarily in the clinical- and neuropsychological underpinnings of affective disorders, and I especially find it interesting how treatment for affective disorders can be improved.
Andreas Elleby Jespersen,
Undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and
research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am involved in the BIO-3 and the
PRETEC-marker project where I assist with neurocognitive testing and ratings of
the participants. My main
lie within neuropsychology, psychiatry and the improvement of treatment
strategies for affective disorders.
Undergraduate student of psychology at University of Copenhagen, and research assistant in NEAD Group. Here, I assist with neuropsychological testing of participants in the PRETEC Marker and BIO-3 studies. My main interests are in the fields of neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry.
Nanna Aagaard Petersen, Studying medicine at Copenhagen University. I work in the NEAD group where my primary research interest is fMRI investigation of improvement of social cognition in EPO treated patients with bipolar disorder.
Undergraduate student of psychology at University of Copenhagen and research assistent in the NEAD group. I am involved in the SCIP-NORM project about optimising screening for cognitive dysfunction in bipolar disorder, where I assist with neuropsychological testning.
Currently my main research interests are social cognition, stress and affective disorders.
Mette Bagge Jensen,
I am an undergraduate
student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and a research assistant
in the NEAD Group. Currently, I assist with neuropsychological testing and
rating of participants in the HEAPAD study, which examines the interaction
between neurocognitive function in pregnant women with affective disorders,
their hormone levels and pre-natal attachment. I also call in participants for
the BIO-1 study and from spring 2018 I will be involved in the BIO-3 study. My
research interests are within the field of neuropsychology and psychiatry.
Caroline Kamp Jørgensen,
Undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen. As a research assistent in NEAD Group, I am involved in the BIO-3 study and the PRETEC-ABC study where I assist with neurocognitive testing and ratings of participants. My research interests are mainly focused on neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry.
Astrid Chenoufi Hasselbalch,
I am a postgraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in NEAD group. I am involved in the BIO-3 study and the PRETEC Marker project, where I assist with neurocognitive testing, ratings and fMRI of the participants. Currently my main research interests lie in the field of neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry.