PhD M. van Zuiden

Research Associate
Main activities
Psychotrauma, PTSD, stress, psychoneuroendocrinology, psychoneuroimmunology, prospective research
Focus of research

As an assistant professor at the department of Psychiatry, myresearch focuses on biological and cognitive aspects of vulnerability for trauma-related psychopathology. For this research I received a Veni grant from the Netherlands organization for Health Reserach and Development, and a Narsad Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Prior, during my postdoc here at the AMC, I coordinated several multidisciplinary studies on the behavioural, neuroendocrine and physiological effects of intranasal oxytocin administration. These studies included a RCT and neuroimaging study in which weinvestigated whether oxytocin administration prevents development of PTSD in recently traumatized individuals and an fMRI study in which we investigated the acute effects of oxytocin administration on fear and reward processing in police personnel with and without PTSD. 

Key publications
  • van Zuiden Mirjam, Frijling Jessie L., Nawijn Laura, Koch Saskia B. J., Goslings J. Carel, Luitse Jan S., Biesheuvel Tessa H., Honig Adriaan, Veltman Dick J., Olff Miranda Intranasal Oxytocin to Prevent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Emergency Department Patients Biological psychiatry 2017;81 (12):1030-1040 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden Mirjam, Geuze Elbert, Willemen Hanneke L. D. M., Vermetten Eric, Maas Mirjam, Heijnen Cobi J., Kavelaars Annemieke Pre-existing high glucocorticoid receptor number predicting development of posttraumatic stress symptoms after military deployment American journal of psychiatry 2011;168 (1):89-96 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden Mirjam, Geuze Elbert, Willemen Hanneke L. D. M., Vermetten Eric, Maas Mirjam, Amarouchi Karima, Kavelaars Annemieke, Heijnen Cobi J. Glucocorticoid receptor pathway components predict posttraumatic stress disorder symptom development: a prospective study Biological psychiatry 2012;71 (4):309-316 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden Mirjam, Heijnen Cobi J., Maas Mirjam, Amarouchi Karima, Vermetten Eric, Geuze Elbert, Kavelaars Annemieke Glucocorticoid sensitivity of leukocytes predicts PTSD, depressive and fatigue symptoms after military deployment: A prospective study Psychoneuroendocrinology 2012;37 (11):1822-1836 [PubMed]
  • van Zuiden Mirjam, Kavelaars Annemieke, Geuze Elbert, Olff Miranda, Heijnen Cobi J. Predicting PTSD: pre-existing vulnerabilities in glucocorticoid-signaling and implications for preventive interventions Brain, behavior, and immunity 2013;30:12-21 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

Prof. PhD M. Olff (Center for Psychological Trauma)

Current research funding
  • AMC
  • ZonMw (Vrijgesteld)