Elseline Hoekzema, PhD



Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5378
E-Mail: e.a.hoekzema@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B33a


“Research is only now uncovering the dramatic impact of pregnancy and the associated hormone flood on the human brain”

Elseline Hoekzema is a postdoctoral researcher at the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

She obtained her Master’s degree in Neuroscience as well as an advanced Master’s degree in Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology. In 2011 she received her PhD degree in Neuroscience with honors for her work on treatment-related neuroplasticity in developmental disorders. During this period, she also examined other forms of brain plasticity, by studying neurochemical changes associated with the aging process in rats and the effects of pregnancy on human brain morphology. After her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, examining brain structure in adolescents with Gender Dysphoria and the effects of neuropeptides on brain activity. In 2014 she was awarded a Veni grant by NWO to continue investigating the effects of pregnancy on the human brain. She joined the Brain and Development Lab of Eveline Crone to perform these studies.

Last Modified: 13-01-2016