I have a background in clinical neuropsychology (MSc, University of Amsterdam), and obtained my PhD by completing my thesis entitled ‘Imaging the effects of ADHD risk genes’ (Radboud University, Medical sciences).
I currently work as a junior group leader at the Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands in the lab of Professor Barbara Franke. For more than 14 years I have been studying ADHD, looking at behavior/cognition, the brain and genes, and how they are associated with ADHD.
I lead the largest international neuroimaging collaboration on ADHD, called ENIGMA-ADHD. Also, I lead a local study aimed at unraveling both the positive and deficient sides of ADHD: IMPACT2-NL. In 2018, I was awarded the NWO Veni grant to study the link between creativity and ADHD. I’m involved in many other studies related to ADHD (please see research projects).
My brother was diagnosed on and off with ADHD. He, and all the other patients I met during my studies, are my inspiration to learn more about the disorder.