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 of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. In 1993, she finished her PhD thesis (Cum Laude) on catecholamines, mood, and cardiovascular control mechanisms.
In 2002, she became an associate professor of Psychophysiology and currently functions as head of the Research and Education Unit of the department of Psychiatry of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.
Field(s) of expertise
The research of Dr. Tulen focuses on emotional and cognitive disorders, which are studied by means of affective (autonomic), neurophysiological (TMS) and psychomotor parameters in healthy volunteers and clinical populations.
Expertise comprises a broad range of methods and techniques, consisting of (neuro)physiological parameters quantifying activity of the autonomic nervous system, the HPA-axis, hormone regulation, behavioural measures aimed at quantification of daily physical activities by means of accelerometry, and experimental psychological and psychopharmacological challenge tasks. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is used to study indices of long-term potentiation-like plasticity and cortical inhibition and excitation.