Carla Maren Eising

LIFE Zurich

LIFE Fellow since 2018, University of Zurich

I received my master’s degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience with the specialization Psychopathology from Maastricht University in August 2018. During my studies I became particularly interested in research on trauma and resilience and since then I have been working within several international research groups studying the epidemiology of trauma and potential treatment approaches within the field of positive psychology. For my master thesis I performed structural and functional neuroimaging analysis on yoga and chronic pain at Stanford University (supervisor: David Spiegel). In September 2018, I started as a PhD student at UZH at the chair Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention (supervisors: Andreas Maercker, Myriam Thoma). For my PhD project I am comparing resilient and psychopathological (with particular focus on posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD) aging trajectories of individuals in the aftermath of early-life adversity and/or trauma. In more detail, I will examine the underlying factors and processes which lead to different aging trajectories by means of psychometric estimates, semi-structured interviews as well as neuroimaging methods.

Dissertation project:

The consequences of potentially traumatic events in aged individuals


Thoma, M. V., Bernays, F., Eising, C. M., Pfluger, V., & Rohner, S. L. (2021). Health, stress, and well-being in Swiss adult survivors of child welfare practices and child labor: Investigating the mediating role of socio-economic factors. Child Abuse & Neglect, 111, Article 104769.

Thoma, M. V., Höltge, J., Eising, C. M., Pfluger, V., & Mc Gee, S. L. (2020). Resilience and stress in later life: A network analysis approach depicting complex interactions of resilience resources and stress-related risk factors in older adults. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, Article 216.

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