Dr. Eva Unternährer

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

AG Pruessner
Postfach 905
78479 Konstanz

ZfP Haus 22, Raum 031

Tel.: + 49 7531 88-4889

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Akademische Ausildung

02/ 2014 Dissertation (DR. phil.) in Psychology (summa cum laude), University of Basel, Switzerland

09/2008 - 08/2010 M.Sc. Studies in Psychology (Diploma) Major in Cognitive and Brain Sciences University of Basel, Switzerland

09/ 2005 - 08/2008 B.Sc. Studies in Psychology (Diploma), University of Basel, Switzerland

08/ 2000 - 07/2004 Matura Diploma, Kantonsschule Baden, Switzerland

Akademische Tätigkeiten

Since 02/ 2018 Scientific Assistant (Postdoctoral Researcher), Clinical Neuropsychology (Prof. J. Pruessner)

12/ 2015 - 02/ 2017 Scientific Assistant (Postdoctoral Researcher), Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health(Prof. M. Meaney), McGill University, Montréal, Canada

06/ 2014 - 11/ 2015 Scientific Assistant (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), Douglas Mental Health University Institute (Prof. Meaney), McGill University, Montréal, Canada

04/ 2011 - 04/ 2014 Scientific Assistant (PhD candidate), Clinical Psychology and Epidemiology (Prof. G. Meinlschmidt, Prof. R. Lieb), University of Basel, Switzerland


Psychobiological mechanisms underlying Susceptibility and Resilience for mental disorders, including molecular mechanisms and epigenetics, and gene-environment interactions, Psychobiology of psychosocial stress across the lifespan, Clinical and Psychotherapy-Research,  Mind-Body connection


1.     LM Chen, N Yao, E Garg, Y Zhu, TTT Nguyen, I Pokhvisneva, SAH Dass,E Unternaehrer, H Gaudreau, M Forest, LM McEwen, JL MacIsaac, MS Kobor, CMT Greenwood, PP Silveira, MJ Meaney, KJ O’Donnell. PRS-on-Spark (PRSoS): a novel, efficient and flexible approach for generating polygenic risk scores. BMC bioinformatics, 19(1):295.

2.     E Garg, L Chen, TTT Nguyen, I Pokhvisneva, LM Chen, E Unternaehrer, JL MacIsaac, LM McEwen, SM Mah, H Gaudreau, R Levitan, E Moss, MB Sokolowski, JL Kennedy, MS Steiner, MJ Meaney, JD Holbrook, PP Silveira, N Karnani, MS Kobor, KJ O'Donnell, MAVAN Study Team (2018). The early care environment and DNA methylome variation in childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 30(3):891-903.

3.     KT Cost, W Jonas, E Unternaehrer, A Dudin, P Szatmari, H Gaudreau, J Kennedy, L Atkinson, M Steiner, MJ Meaney, AS Fleming (2018). Maternal perceptions of paternal investment are associated with relationship satisfaction and breastfeeding duration in humans. Journal of Family Psychology

4.     AA Bouvette-Turcot, E Unternaehrer, H Gaudreau, JE Lydon, M Steiner, MJ Meaney, MAVAN Research Team (2017). The joint contribution of maternal history of early adversity and adulthood depression to socioeconomic status and potential relevance for offspring development. Journal of affective disorders 207, 26-31

5.     KT Cost, A Plamondon, E Unternaehrer, M Meaney, M Steiner, AS. Fleming on behalf of the MAVAN Research Team (2017). Thinking and Doing: The Effects of Dopamine and Oxytocin Genes and Executive Function on Mothering Behaviors. Genes, Brain and Behavior.

6.     HM Sokolowski, OE Vasquez, E Unternaehrer, DJSokolowski, SD Biergans, L Atkinson, A Gonzalez, PP Silveira, R Levitan, & KJ O’Donnell (2016). The Drosophila foraging gene human orthologue PRKG1 predicts individual differences in the effects of early adversity on maternal sensitivity. Cognitive Development.

7.      KT Cost,E Unternaehrer, A Plamondon, H Gaudreau, M Steiner, M Meaney, JL Kennedy, AS. Fleming on behalf of the MAVAN Research Team (2016). The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same: Maternal Attitudes 3 to 18 months postpartum. Acta Paediatrica 105 (7), e320-e327.

8.      E Unternaehrer,M Bolten, I Nast, S Staehli, AH Meyer, E Dempster, D Hellhammer, R Lieb, and G Meinlschmidt (2016). Maternal Adversities during Pregnancy and Cord Blood Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) DNA Methylation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11 (9), 1460-1470.

9.     E Unternaehrer,AH Meyer, SCA Burkhardt, E Dempster, S Staehli, N Theill, R Lieb, and G Meinlschmidt (2015). Childhood Maternal Care Is Associated with DNA Methylation of the Genes for Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) in Peripheral Blood Cells in Adult Men and Women. Stress, 1–11.

10.  M Giese, E Unternaehrer, H Hüttig, S Brand, P Calabrese, E Holsboer-Trachsler, A Eckert (2014). BDNF – An Indicator of Insomnia? Molecular Psychiatry 19 (2), 151.

11.   M Giese*, E Unternaehrer*, H Hüttig, S Brand, P Calabrese, E Holsboer-Trachsler, A Eckert. (2013).”The Interplay of Stress and Sleep Impacts BDNF Level. PLos ONE, 8(10), e76050*contributed equally

12.  E Unternaehrer, P Luers, J Mill, E Dempster, AH Meyer, S Staehli, R Lieb, D Hellhammer, G Meinlschmidt, (2012). Dynamic Changes in DNA Methylation of Stress-associated Genes (OXTR, BDNF) after Acute Psychosocial Stress.Translational Psychiatry 2 (8), e150.