Team and collaborators

​NEAD Group is led by Kamilla Miskowiak, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry

The team consists of the following researchers



Kamilla Miskowiak,  Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry


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.​



​Julian Macoveanu,
PhD

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.



Hanne Lie Kjærstad,
Psychologist, PhD

​Postdoctoral researcher. My research focus is on investigating cognitive and neuroimaging predictors of mood episodes and illness onset in patients newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their unaffected relatives (part of the Bipolar Illness Onset study (BIO/PREDICT)). Additionally, I am conducting a pilot study to investigate a sensitive and ecologically valid measure of emotion regulation in patients with bipolar disorder using virtual reality (VERA). I have a BSc(Hon) from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and a MSc and PhD from the University of Copenhagen. 



​Anne Juul Bjertrup,
Psychologist, PhD

Psychologist (University of Copenhagen), PhD and post doc researcher on the PACT and PreScreen projects where we investigate pregnant women and mothers with and without affective disorders. My primary research interests center around affective cognition in pregnancy and motherhood, understanding risk for postpartum depression and understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms involved in intergenerational transmission of risk from mothers with affective disorders to their children. 



​Katrine Cramer,
research nurse

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.



​Andreas Elleby Jespersen,
Psychologist

Psychologist (University of Copenhagen) and PhD researcher on the CAVIR project where we investigate if virtual reality can be used to improve assessement and treatment of cognitive impairment in patients with affective or psychosis spectrum disorders. Additionally, I am involved in the PRETEC-EPO study where I coordinate recruitment, inclusion and neuropsychological assessement of the study participants. My main research interests lie within neuropsychology, psychiatry and the improvement of cognitive treatment strategies for affective disorders. 



​Nana Damsgaard Eskestad,
BSc

Postgraduate psychology student at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD Group. Currently, I am assisting on the BIO-3 and the PreTEC studies where I do clinical interviews, neuropsychological testing and fMRI scans of the participants. My research interests are primarily within the fields of neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry. I am especially interested in identifying neurocognitive and neuroimaging biomarkers of psychiatric disorders and how this knowledge can contribute to a better understanding of the disorders and improvement of treatment strategies. 


​Sandra Lihn Nielsen,
BSc 

Undergraduate student of psychology (University of Copenhagen). I'm a research assistant in the NEAD Group and primarily involved in the BIO-3 study where I assist with neurocognitive testing, ratings of participants and fMRI scans. My research interests are primarily within the field of cognitive psychology and I'm especially interested in how screening tools for different types of cognitive impairments can be improved.


​Nynne Beier Müller,
BSc


Undergraduate psychology student at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD Group. Currently, I am involved in the BIO-3 study where I assist with neuropsychological testing, fMRI and ratings of participants. My research interests are within the field of neuropsychology, cognitive psychology and psychiatry. In particular, I am interested in neural change, behavior, cognitive functions and their influence on interpersonal relationships especially between mother and child.



​Viktoria Damgaard,
BSc student


Undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and a research assistant in the NEAD Group. I'm primarily involved in the BIO-3 studies where I assist with neuropsychological testing, clinical rating, and fMRI scanning of the participants. My main interests are neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. I am particularly interested in identifying neurocognitive biomarkers and how this knowledge can lead to new and improved treatment strategies for affective disorders.



​Jeanne Ruth Kofoed,
BSc student


Undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and research assistent in NEAD group. I am currently involved in the BIO-3 study. I assist with neuropsychological testings, fMRI scans and ratings of participants. 
My research interests are within the field of neuropsychology, cognitive- and clinical psychology. I am especially interested in how the understanding and the treatment of affective disorders can be improved.



​Lisa Gottlied Hammershøj,
BSc

Postgraduate student of medicine at University of Copenhagen. I work as a research assistant in the NEAD Group where I am primarily involved in the PRETEC-EPO project. I assist in performing the medical examinations and administration of infusions to the participants. My research interests are revolved around the investigation of erythropoietin's use in cognitive dysfunction and creating better treatment options for patients with affective disorders.



​Josefine Lærke Jørgensen,
BSc

Postgraduate student of medicine at University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am currently involved in the PRETEC-EPO project. I assist in performing the medical examinations and administration of infusions to the participants. My research interests are investigation of cognitive dysfunction and improving treatment options for patients with affective disorders.


​Frida Simon Jahn,
BSc student

Undergraduate student of Psychology at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am primarily involved in the BIO-3 study, where I assist with clinical ratings, neuropsychological testing and fMRI scans of the participants. My research interests are within the field of clinical psychology and neuropsychiatry, and I am particularly interested in how psychological treatments can be better integrated with the knowledge of biological underpinnings of psychiatric diseases.


Marie Eschau Stougaard,
BSc

​Medical student at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD Group, where I am involved in the PRETEC-EPO project, which examines the effect of EPO on cognitive function in depression and bipolar disorder. My tasks include medical examination of participants and administration of infusions. I am particularly interested in improving and developing novel treatments of affective disorders. 


​Johanna Mariegaard,
BSc

Postgraduate student in Psychology at the University of Copenhagen, specialising in neuropsychology and clinical psychology, and research assistent in the NEAD group. I am involved with the BIO-3 project where I assist with neuropsychological testing, ratings of participants and fMRI scans. My research interests generally lie in the field of cognitive neuropsychiatry as well as clinical psychology. Currently, I am particularly interested in the identification of cognitive- and biomarkers of affective disorders as part of an effort to improve preventive measures and better guide treatment.



Caroline Fussing Bruun,
MD
Medical doctor from Copenhagen University with three years of clinical experience with concurrent research activties. I have mainly worked in the field of psychiatry, which has sharpened my interest in the complex field of affective disorders, in particular the search for novel biomarkers. In the context of the NEAD group, I am attached to the PRETEC-EPO project as a part of the medical team that handles the health safety of EPO administration.


Madel Bolette Mogensen,
BSc

Postgraduate student of medicine at University of Copenhagen. I am currently spending a semester of medical school as a research assistant in the NEAD group, where I will be involved in the EPO-T and PRETEC-EPO study. My tasks include performing medical examinations and administration of infusions to the participants. My research interests revolve around how erythropoietin infusions might affect neurocognition impairment in people living with affective disorders.



​Johanne Lilmose Bech,
BSc student

Undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and research assistent in NEAD group. I am currently involved in the BIO-3 study. I assist with neuropsychological testings, fMRI scans and ratings of participants. 
My research interests are within the field of neuropsychology, cognitive and clinical psychology. I'm particularly interested in identification of biomarkers that leads to an improvement of treatment for affective disorders.



​Tue Krebs Roikjer
BSc

Postgraduate student in Psychology at the University of Copenhagen, specialising in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, and research assistant in the NEAD group. I am involved with the BIO-3 project, assisting with neuropsychological testing and clinical ratings. My research interests are within the fields of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and psychiatry. I am interested in research on mood disorders and cognition, particularly research into improving preventative- and treatment options.


​Johanne Esther Volkmann,
BSc

Postgraduate psychology student at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD group. I currently assist with clinical ratings and neuropsychological testing in the BIO-3, as well as PACT and IMPACT COVID studies. My research interests primarily lie within the areas of neuropsychiatry, clinical- and cognitive psychology.


​Anjali Sankar,
PhD

My research is dedicated to the study of mood disorders, both major depressive and bipolar disorders. An important focus is on identifying reliable biomarkers that can predict clinical response to treatments as well as negative outcomes such as suicide using multimodal neuroimaging techniques.



​Alexander Tobias Ysbæk-Nielsen,
BSc student

Undergraduate psychology student at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD group. I am currently involved in the BIO-3 study. I assist with neuropsychological testing, clinical ratings and fMRI scans of the participants. 
My research interests span the fields of functional neuroanatomy, neuropsychiatry and cognitive psychology. I am particularly interested in the search for the neurochemical and neurostructural substrates underlying cognitive processes, as well as in the detection, prevention and treatment of various psycho- and neuropathologies.



​Johanna Kølle Pedersen,
BSc student

Psychology student at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD group. I assist in the BIO-3 project, where I do neuropsychological testing and ratings of participants.  

My research interests lie within the field of cognitive, clinical and neuropsychology. 



​Ida Astrid Nilsson,
BSc student

I am an undergraduate student of Psychology at the University of Copenhagen and a research assistant in the NEAD Group. I am currently involved in the BIO-3 study where I assist with neuropsychological testing and clinical ratings. My research interests are within the fields of psychiatry, neuropsychology, cognitive and clinical psychology. I am particularly interested in how the understanding of potential neurocognitive biomarkers of affective disorders can lead to improvement of treatment and preventive measures, and how social and emotional cognition plays a role in the development of affective disorders.



​Rose Valentiner-Branth Garly, 
BSc student

I am an undergraduate student of psychology at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant in the NEAD group. I'm primarily involved in the BIO-3 studies where I assist with neuropsychological testing, clinical rating, and fMRI scanning of the participants. I have a background in medicine, and I am particularly interested in psychiatry, neuro- and clinical psychology.

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