Bernet Elzinga (1970) is a professor in the unit of Clinical Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She obtained her PhD cum laude from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was a visiting research fellow at Yale University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the influence of trauma/acute stress on brain structures and functions related to emotion and memory in both healthy individuals and patients with stress-related disorders (depression, anxiety disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder). She also investigates (genetic) risk and vulnerability factors and the intergenerational transmission of childhood abuse. Besides her research, she is involved in the interdisciplinary minor in 'Child Abuse and Neglect, a lifetime perspective'.
- Enhanced Amygdala reactivity during processing of emotional faces in individuals reporting childhood emotional maltreatment (2013)
- Stress shifts brain activation from dorsal "executive" towards ventral “affective” areas during emotional distraction (2012)
- Neural Influence of emotional distraction on working memory performance in borderline personality disorder (2012)
- Childhood emotional abuse is associated with reduced Medial Prefrontal Cortex volume (2010)