Positive Developmental Psychopathology
The group focuses on ‘positive developmental psychopathology’ applied to early onset neurodevelopmental disorders, especially attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and its overlap with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ‘Developmental psychopathology’ studies the underpinnings of psychopathology in the context of normal psychological development. ‘Positive developmental psychopathology’ expands this to take into account links with positive psychological functioning. Specific focus areas:
1. The genetic, environmental and neurobiological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders, using twin, family, molecular genetic and neuroimaging research. Our research has shown that a) ADHD and ASD (traits) run in families and are highly heritable, b) ADHD is linked to developmentally-sensitive alterations in the dorsal striatum (caudate, putamen), c) ADHD and ASD share behavioural and genetic underpinnings, d) attentional problems form a linking pin between ADHD and ASD, but the behavioural, cognitive and sensory correlates of attentional problems partly diverge between the two disorders.
2. Mindfulness training as a novel intervention for youth with ADHD and their parents, using a randomised-controlled trial design. Parents are looking for non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD, which this research promises to provide. We study the effectiveness, and (epi)genetic, cognitive and familial mechanisms underlying mindfulness training, as well as predictors of treatment success to facilitate individually-tailored intervention.
3. Neurodevelopmental disorders in the context of positive psychology.
|Name:||Dr. C.U. Greven|
Department of Cognitive Neuroscience
- MSc Cognitive Neuroscience: DGCN32 Early Onset Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- BSC Medicine: MED-5KNW8 Developmental Psychopathology
- MSc Biomedical Sciences: BMS21 (Neurodevelopment disorders … from bench to bedside)
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Plasticity and Memory
Positive developmental psychopathology
Marleen ter Avest
Gigi van de Loo
Dr Janne Visser (PhD awarded in 2017)
Dr Pierre Herpers (PhD awarded in 2016)
Dr Janita Bralten (PhD awarded in 2015)
Dr Annabeth Groenman (PhD awarded in 2015)
Noor de Waal
Lisanne Boerboom (MSc awarded in 2017)
Melissa Kruitwagen (MSc awarded in 2017)
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