Sven Mueller, PhD

NAWA ULAM fellow


Associate Professor of Psychology at the Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University and since April 2022 ULAM fellow at LOBI. I just joined LOBI as an ULAM Fellow to conduct a study on the effects of sex hormones on emotion perception and processing in women during the menopausal transition. In addition, we will investigate the impact of the transition has on mental health (anxiety and depression).
My main research interests are threefold. 1) They concern the impact of early-life trauma on social cognition and emotion, 2) concern the impact of sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone) on mental health (anxiety and depression) and 3) concern the impact of gender-affirming hormone treatment on brain structure and function in people with gender dysphoria.


Mueller, S.C., Unal, C., Saretta, M., Al Mughairbi, F., Gomez-Odriozola, J., Calvete, E., Metin, B. (2021). Working memory and emotional interpretation bias in a sample of Syrian Refugee adolescents. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 30(12), 1885-1894
Boccadoro, S., Siugzdaite, R., Hudson, A.R., Maeyens, L., Van Hamme, C., Mueller, S.C. (2019). Early maltreatment experience increases mentalizing network functional connectivity during resting-state, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10 (1)
Mueller, S.C., De Cuypere, G., T’Sjoen, G. (2017). Transgender Research in the 21st Century: A Selective Critical Review From a Neurocognitive Perspective. American Journal of Psychiatry, 174 (12), 1155-1162.
De Witte, N.A.J., Suetterlin, S., Braet, C. & Mueller, S.C. (2017). Psychophysiological correlates of emotion regulation training in adolescent anxiety: Evidence from the novel PIER task. Journal of Affective Disorders, 214, 89-96.
Mueller, S.C., Baudoncq, R., De Schryver, M (2015). The effect of parental loss on cognitive and affective interference in adolescent boys from a post-conflict region. Journal of Adolescence, 42, 11-19.
Mueller, S.C., Grissom, E.M., Dohanich, G.P. (2014). Assessing gonadal hormone contributions to affective psychopathologies across humans and animal models. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 46, 114-128.


ULAM fellowship, NAWA, Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange