‘Try to reverse these wrong stereotypes’ – an interview with Prof Sarah Garfinkel & Dr Lisa Quadt #WomeninScience



Interview published alongside review article on loneliness and social isolation from a social neuroscience perspective.



During the Covid-19 pandemic, with its repeated lockdowns and social restrictions, many people across the globe have reported increased feelings of isolation and loneliness. Prolonged loneliness is known to be associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes, for example increased cerebrovascular disease. What could be the mechanism underlying this association? That is the subject of a recent perspective article in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

Its authors, Dr Janine Gronewold, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Vascular Neurology and Dementia of the University Hospital Essen, and Miriam Engels, a doctoral student at the Institute of Medical Sociology at the University Clinic Düsseldorf and lecturer at the Open University of the Netherlands, were inspired by a recently proposed framework for adaptive versus maladaptive brain-body interactions. For the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022 on 11th February, Gronewold (denoted as JG below) and Engels (ME) here interview two of the authors behind this framework, Dr Sarah Garfinkel (SG), professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, and her postdoc Dr Lisa Quadt (LQ), a research fellow in Clinical Neuroscience at Brighton & Sussex Medical School. Here, they ask Garfinkel and Quadt about their career, their research, and what drives them.

Period7 Feb 2022 → 11 Feb 2022

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleThese two female neuroscientists are trying to reverse damaging stereotypes
    Media name/outletWord Economic Forum
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionFebruary 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022.
    Neuroscientists Dr Sarah Garfinkel and Dr Lisa Quadt discuss their research into interventions for autistic adults experiencing anxiety.
    The motivation behind their participatory research stems from how autistic people express how they experience and feel about loneliness.
    In this Q&A with Dr. Miriam Engels and Dr. Janine Gronewold, they both discuss their proudest achievements in neuroscience, gender stereotypes and coproduction with autistic participants.
    PersonsJanine Gronewold, Miriam Engels
  • Title‘Try to reverse these wrong stereotypes’ – an interview with Prof Sarah Garfinkel & Dr Lisa Quadt #WomeninScience
    Media name/outletFrontiers Science News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    PersonsMiriam Engels, Janine Gronewold