Rosalie Schrofer

Visiting Master Student – RAISE Study

What are your research interests?
  •  Resilience
  • Childhood Adversity
  • Adolescence
  • Neuropsychology
  • Intrinsic connectivity networks
What current Projects/Studies you are involved with
I am working on the RAISE study, a neurobiological study researching resilient functioning after childhood adversity. In this study I will be collecting data (interviewing participants, guiding them to the fMRI scanner, etc). Also, I will be writing my thesis on resilient brain responses after childhood adversity, in which I will specifically research the connectivity in multiple intrinsic connectivity networks and how this relates to resilient functioning.
Please tell us a bit about your background
I am a research master student from The Netherlands, studying Developmental Psychology at Leiden University. I have always been interested in how people develop and how certain experiences in your childhood can alter this development. The question of why some people develop psychopathology while other people do not has always been fascinating to me and I am happy that I can study this here in the Risk & Resilience group. Other than my passion for research, I love to work with children and adolescents. In my future career, I would like to combine research with working as a clinical psychologist.
What inspires you to come to placement?
Everyday can be different here. One day I am analysing brain images, the next day I am writing or reading, or working in the hospital to test participants. This day-to-day variation never gets boring and even more important; I really like the topic I research here.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your research work?
As a researcher you are very independent and you can decide when and where to work. This is a big advantage of being a researcher but it can also be difficult because you always have the feeling you can work on something, even in the weekends or in the middle of the night. It can be very challenging to deal with this and keep a healthy life.
Please tell us about one thing you are proud of professionally
I am proud of my ability to combine my passion to help people (for example in my volunteer work at the child line in The Netherlands) with researching the mechanisms behind what I hear in real life, thereby connecting research to real-life experience.
Please tell us about one thing you are proud of personally
Apart from my busy life as a research master student I find it very important to keep seeing my friends, and doing the things I love. Until now I have been able to keep a good work-life balance although that has sometimes been difficult.
What’s great about working and/or living in Cambridge?
Living in a college in Cambridge feels a bit like I am living in a fairy tale. The atmosphere in Cambridge is vibrant and inspiring, with a lot of interesting talks and events. The people I meet in Cambridge are incredibly motivated and intelligent, which is very motivating and inspiring. I get to meet so many interesting people, from biochemists to neuroscientists to mathematicians.
Describe the life of a researcher in 3 words!
Curiosity, creativity, independence