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Research interests

Milou S. C. Sep is psychologist at GGZ inGeest and postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Vinkers at the department of psychiatry at Amsterdam UMC/VUmc. Her key interest is the between-individual variation in resilience to stress/trauma and its consequences for psychiatric disorders. 

In her postdoctoral research, Sep focuses on individual stress system dynamics in major depressive disorder following childhood trauma. She participates in the STRESS-EU database, RESET, and REACT projects.


Sep studied Biomedical Sciences (BSc 2010), Clinical Psychology (BSc 2012; MSc 2015), and Neuroscience (MSc 2015) at Utrecht University. She acquired a prestigious personal NWO grant (2014) to execute her self-designed PhD project at UMC Utrecht and the Dutch Ministry of Defence, under the supervision of Prof. Joëls and Dr. Geuze. Sep combined clinical and preclinical work in her PhD thesis (2022) on neurobiological variation in context encoding under stress and susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Butterfly Effect of Trauma Contextualization: How neurobiological variation in context encoding impacts susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder, UMC Utrecht Brain Center, Utrecht University

Award Date: 10 May 2022

External positions

Psychologist, GGZ inGeest De Nieuwe Valerius

1 Sept 2021 → …


  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
  • BF Psychology

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