Sanne van Rooij, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University with Dr. Tanja Jovanovic and Dr. Kerry Ressler. She received her BSc and MSc in Psychology and Neuroscience from Maastricht University in 2010. In 2015, she received her PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from University Medical Center Utrecht, after which she moved from the Netherlands to Atlanta to join the Grady Trauma Project.
Dr. van Rooij’s research focuses on identifying predictors for the development and persistence of trauma-related psychopathology and resilience, which could be used to target individuals for early interventions and development of new treatment approaches. She uses neuroimaging and psychophysiological measures to study fear and response inhibition and related context processing. She works with three cohorts within GTP: African American women with chronic civilian trauma exposure, acutely traumatized Emergency Department patients, and children who grow up in an at-risk environment. She collaborates with the Neurosurgery Department at Emory to study the effects of amygdala deep brain stimulation and amygdala ablation on PTSD symptoms in epilepsy patients. She is also part of the ENIGMA/PGC-PTSD consortium and contributed to several of their imaging projects.