Senior Researchers


Vibeke Naja Høyrup Dam
Senior Researcher
Dept. Neurology and Neurobiology Research Unit,
Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet,
Building 8057,
Blegdamsvej 9, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
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3545 6741

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae

Scientific interests:

My research focuses on cognitive functions in healthy and clinical populations. In particular, I am interested in how cognitive performance can be used to elucidate mechanisms involved in depressive psychopathology and how it relates to neurobiological systems in the human brain such as serotonergic neurotransmission and oxytocin release. In addition, I specialize in precision medicine and the use psychosocial epidemiological and registry data to predict neuropsychiatric treatment outcome and risk of psychopathology. I also have a keen interest in reproducible and open science and work to promote transparent research methods.


2023 - Senior Researcher at Neurobiology Research Unit
2022 - Visiting postdoctoral fellow at School of Psychological Sciences, University of Bristol
2021 Clinical psychologist at Psychotherapy Clinic, Capitol Region Psychiatry
2020 - 2023 Post doc at Neurobiology Research Unit
2020 Clinical psychologist at the Epilepsy Clinic, Rigshospitalet
2017 - 2019 PhD-student at Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet
2016-17 Research assistant at Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet
2016 M.Sc. in Psychology, University of Copenhagen
2012 B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Copenhagen

International relations:

I collaborate with the Cambridge Cognition Group including Professors Barbara Sahakian and Trevor Robbins from Cambridge University. In addition, I am currently working Professors Marcus Munafo and Ian Penton-Voak from Bristol University as part of an DFF-international post doctoral research grant.

Supervision of students:

I have extensive experience training and supervising MA and PhD students and am the leader of the NRU-Cognition group which includes designing and implementing neuropsychological testing across studies at the NRU and supervision of 10-15 psychology and medical students who work as neuropsychological testers. I have also taught MA course at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen.

Open research activities:

2022- : Steering committee member of the Danish Reproducibility Network (DKRN)
2022: Interview in ScienceReport.dk: Sådan løser vi det kritiserede publikationssystem
2022: Interview in ScienceReport.dk: Forskere kritiserer tredoblet betaling til ‘parasitsystem’

Grants and awards:

2022: Excellence Award at the 35th ECNP conference
2021: Independent Research Fund Denmark 2-Year International Postdoc Grant (175,500€)
2020: Excellence Award at the 33rd ECNP conference
2018: Project funding from Lundbeck (as co-applicant: 112,780 €)
2017: Rigshospitalet Research Council 1-Year Introduction Stipend (56,400€)


A full list of my scientific publications can be accessed using the following PubMed link.