Berna is an associate professor focusing on the neural correlates of social relations in adolescence. Berna received her BA in mathematics at Koç University and MA in developmental psychology at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2008 she received her PhD in developmental psychology from Radboud University Nijmegen. She joined the Brain & Development Lab in 2008 as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2010 Berna was awarded a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) with her project titled “The social brain in adolescence: Examining peer interactions from a developmental social neuroscience perspective”. Her current research focuses on brain development and the neural processes involved in social and emotional development across childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. She examines the neurocognitive development of social decision-making using various economic exchange paradigms and is particularly interested in the role of peer relationships in social functioning, its neural correlates and their development.