I am a neuropsychologist and study autism and ADHD since 1998. I started my professional life as a researcher with a study of the neuropsychological overlaps and differences between children (age 6 till 12) with autism and ADHD (a PhD project 1998-2002 VU). Since then I focus mainly on cognition in people with autism and ADHD across the lifespan. I conduct fundamental experimental studies as well as more applied intervention studies. Currently I am a professor by special appointment (since 2011) at the Psychology department, section Brain and Cognition. See also my UvA website for more details regarding my background and for complete overview of my (research)output see here. Due to a fellowship I was working last year at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) on subjective well-being. I am currently working on my VICI project on autism and aging which is a follow up project based on the findings in my former VIDI grant.
Besides that I work on the University of Amsterdam as researcher and lecturer (UvA, 2002-current), I work at the Dr. Leo Kannerhuis (LKH, 2007-current). LKH is a tertiary mental health clinic especially for people with autism. The combination of working in a clinical environment as well as in an academic environment makes it easier to disseminate knowledge and to design research projects that are of direct interest to people (working) with autism. Within REACH-AUT, an initiative of the UvA and the Dr. Leo Kannerhuis, we. together with people with autism/autistics and a wide range of partners, focus on translational research which needs to be directly beneficial for people with autism.
I am a member of the Young Academy, which is part of the Dutch Royal Academy for Science and I am a, among others, member of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR, vice president 2017-2019), the European Network of the Hyperkinetic Disorder (EUNETHYDIS), and Consortium Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults (CASS18+, board member).