Anna-Sophie Rommel’s work as an epidemiologist with training in neuroscience focuses on the exposome and its link to the development of adverse health outcomes, including suboptimal pregnancy and birth outcomes, as well as adverse neurodevelopment and psychopathology. She is particularly interested in understanding the pathogenesis and course of psychopathology in understudied and underserved populations and surrounding reproductive events, including pregnancy and menopause.
She has been instrumental in setting up two separate birth cohorts and has conducted analyses in several existing birth cohorts to study the outcomes of early life exposure to maternal mental illness, medication, phthalates and inflammation. She has further applied cognitive-neurophysiological and genetically sensitive longitudinal designs to study risk and protective factors for psychopathology and the biological mechanisms underlying it in large-scale longitudinal national health and twin registries. In the future, she plans to combine her epidemiological and neurophysiological training to study the effects of the prenatal exposome on brain functioning in more depth.