Marieke Tollenaar studied Biological Psychology at the VU Amsterdam, where she was first introduced to the biological and genetic aspects of psychopathology. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University on the effects of stress and stress-related hormones on memory. After her PhD she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the lab of Carolina de Weerth at Radboud University, studying the effects of pre- and perinatal stressors on the child’s stress system development. This set the stage for the current epigenetics project. Since 2011 she has been working as an assistant professor in the Clinical Psychology Unit at Leiden University, where she is studying the impact on cognition and emotion regulation of both early-life and recent-life stress.
- The association of childhood maltreatment with depression and anxiety is not moderated by the oxytocin receptor gene. (2017)
- Maternal prenatal stress and cortisol reactivity to stressors in human infants. (2011)
- Immediate and prolonged effects of cortisol, but not propranolol, on memory retrieval in healthy young men. (2009)