Nina Bruinhof – PhD Student

Nina Bruinhof

I am interested in pre-and postnatal maternal mental well-being, as an early stress factor for infant development. In my PhD, I will investigate the underlying biological and behavioral pathways through which maternal psychological stress may affect infant development. More specifically, I will look at the maternal HPA axis, breast milk composition, and maternal caregiving behavior as underlying mechanisms of early life stress affecting infant’s behavioral, cognitive, and physical development.