I joined d’Arc as a PhD-student in January 2019 under supervision of prof. dr. Hilde Geurts and dr. Annabeth Groenman. I obtained my Research Master degree in neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam in 2018. During this time I learned to combine (clinical) neuropsychological knowledge of the aging population with advanced statistical methods. I aim to use this combination of skills during my PhD project.
During my PhD project I focus on cognitive aging in autism. I aim to understand which components of cognition (e.g. memory, language, planning) might decline more rapidly or slowly in aging adults with autism in comparison to neurotypical aging. By exploring differences in these separate components, but also creating integrated models of cognition I aim to understand the strengths and difficulties of aging adults with autism. I will use a large cross-sectional dataset and try to validate the cross-sectional findings longitudinally by testing a large sample of adults with and without autism from the age of 30 to 90 at multiple timepoints.