Joke TulenJoke H.M. Tulen, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychophysiology Head Research and Education Unit

Department of Psychiatry
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Biographical sketch


Johanna (Joke) Tulen received her MSc degree in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam in 1984 (Cum Laude), after which she started her work in psychophysiological research at the department of Psychiatry at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. In 1993, she finished her PhD thesis (Cum Laude) on catecholamines, mood, and cardiovascular control mechanisms. She was awarded the Mitchell B. Balter Award of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in 1997 for a paper on a novel tool to quantify physical activities psychopharmacological research. In 2002, she became an Associate Professor of Psychophysiology at the Erasmus Medical Center and currently functions as Head of the Research and Education Unit of the department of Psychiatry of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.

Research interests


The research of Dr Tulen focuses on emotional disturbances (its cognitive, affective, somatic, and motoric components) in psychiatric disorders. By means of psychophysiological parameters, emotional disturbances are studied in relation to clinical symptoms and illness severity. In addition, the effects of pharmacological challenge tests and treatments are evaluated in relation to these parameters to determine if the psychophysiological measurements provide relevant effect parameters related to efficacy of treatment.
Presently, cognitive processes (attentional bias, emotional labelling, priming), situational factors (social context, laboratory or ambulatory research), and somato-motoric processes (autonomic adaptation, monoaminergic activity, HPA-as activity, physical activities) are studied in relation to (disturbances in) emotions, illness severity and symptoms, and daily functioning in psychosis, depression, ADHD, the syndrome of Gilles de la Tourette, post-operative delirium, and children with anxiety disorders.



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