Understanding the brain
Where did you study?
I graduated in the late 90’s as a biological psychologist at Radboud University in Nijmegen, conducted several projects in the field of applied neuroscience in Sydney (Westmead Hospital), Munich (Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry) and Scotland (Organon Research in Newhouse). I received my PhD at Utrecht University on the topic of ‘EEG-based personalized medicine for ADHD and depression’ and I am specialized in neurobiological aspects of ADHD and depression.
What do you do?
In 2001 I founded Research Institute Brainclinics as an independent research institute, where I further specialize in advancing the understanding of psychiatric disorders through brain imaging (QEEG, ERPs), chronobiology and sleep, Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), which knowledge should aid in a future of personalised medicine in mental health. I am further specialized in the development and application of neuromodulation techniques such as neurofeedback in the treatment of ADHD and magnetic brain stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of depression and OCD. At Brainclinics I supervise a team of senior researchers and PhD’s, collaborate with many international colleagues and published more than 100 scientific publications as well as 4 patents. I am also affiliated with Utrecht University, department of experimental psychology.
In 2006 I founded Psychology Practice Brainclinics where new innovative treatments (rTMS, Neurofeedback) and assessments (sleep, QEEG) were pioneered and validated. This clinic was acquired by the neuroCare Group in 2015 and protocols and assessments developed here, now form the basis of neuroCare Clinics worldwide, where I still serve as an adviser. In addition, I am also founding director of Brainquiry (until 2007), editor of various scientific journals and books, organized many international conferences and served on the board of several international professional organisations.