Assistant professor

Dirk Heslenfeld

Assistant professor

Phone: +31(0)20 5988831
Room: 1C-21


Brain Imaging support


1986 – 1992: Dept. of Psychonomics, University of Amsterdam, Degree: M.Sc. (with distinction)
1990 – 1992: Dept. of Psychonomics, University of Amsterdam, Research assistant
1992 – 1998: Dept. of Psychonomics, University of Amsterdam, Degree: Ph.D. (cum laude)
1998 – 2000: Dynamic Neuroimaging Lab, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, Post-doc
2000 – 2005: Dept. of Cognitive Psychology, VU, Amsterdam, Post-doctoral researcher
2005 – present: Dept. of Cognitive Psychology, VU, Amsterdam, Assistant professor

Research interests

Cognitive, social, emotional, clinical neuroscience


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Recent publications

D van der Meer, PJ Hoekstra, D van Rooij, AM Winkler, H van Ewijk & ... (2018) Anxiety modulates the relation between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder severity and working memory-related brain activity. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 19 (6), 450-460
M van Lieshout, M Luman, LJS Schweren, JWR Twisk, SV Faraone & ... (2018) The Course of Neurocognitive Functioning and Prediction of Behavioral Outcome of ADHD Affected and Unaffected Siblings. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 1-15
XZ Kong, SR Mathias, T Guadalupe, DC Glahn, B Franke, F Crivello & ... (2018) Mapping cortical brain asymmetry in 17,141 healthy individuals worldwide via the ENIGMA Consortium. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (22), E5154-E5163
D van der Meer, T Kaufmann, A Córdova-Palomera, F Bettella, O Frei & ... (2018) F50. Genetic Architecture of Hippocampal Subfield Volumes: Shared and Specific Influences. Biological Psychiatry 83 (9), S257
TWP Janssen, DJ Heslenfeld, R van Mourik, K Geladé, A Maras & ... (2018) Alterations in the ventral attention network during the stop-signal task in children with ADHD: an event-related potential source imaging study. Journal of attention disorders 22 (7), 639-650
D Alfandari, C Vriend, DJ Heslenfeld, NJ Versfeld, SE Kramer & AA Zekveld (2018) Brain Volume Differences Associated With Hearing Impairment in Adults. Trends in hearing 22, 2331216518763689
KL Grasby, N Jahanshad, JN Painter, L Colodro-Conde, J Bralten & ... (2018) The genetic architecture of the human cerebral cortex. bioRxiv, 399402
T Kaufmann, D van der Meer, NT Doan, E Schwarz, MJ Lund, I Agartz & ... (2018) Genetics of brain age suggest an overlap with common brain disorders. bioRxiv, 303164
SDS Noordermeer, M Luman, CU Greven, K Veroude, SV Faraone & ... (2017) Structural brain abnormalities of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with oppositional defiant disorder. Biological psychiatry 82 (9), 642-650
NJ Forde, L Ronan, MP Zwiers, LJS Schweren, AF Alexander-Bloch & ... (2017) Healthy cortical development through adolescence and early adulthood. Brain Structure and Function 222 (8), 3653-3663
SDS Noordermeer, M Luman, WD Weeda, JK Buitelaar, JS Richards & ... (2017) Risk factors for comorbid oppositional defiant disorder in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. European child & adolescent psychiatry 26 (10), 1155-1164
D van der Meer, CA Hartman, RHR Pruim, M Mennes, D Heslenfeld & ... (2017) The interaction between 5-HTTLPR and stress exposure influences connectivity of the executive control and default mode brain networks. Brain imaging and behavior 11 (5), 1486-1496
H van Ewijk, J Bralten, EDA van Duin, M Hakobjan, JK Buitelaar & ... (2017) Female‐specific association of NOS1 genotype with white matter microstructure in ADHD patients and controls. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 58 (8), 958-966
LJS Schweren, A Groenman, W Weeda, SF Faraone, M Luman & ... (2017) Stimulant Treatment Trajectories Are Associated With Neural Reward Processing in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.. The Journal of clinical psychiatry 78 (7), e790-e796
D van der Meer, PJ Hoekstra, M Van Donkelaar, J Bralten, J Oosterlaan & ... (2017) Predicting attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder severity from psychosocial stress and stress-response genes: a random forest regression approach. Translational psychiatry 7 (6), e1145
JS Richards, A Arias Vásquez, D van Rooij, D van der Meer, B Franke & ... (2017) Testing differential susceptibility: Plasticity genes, the social environment, and their interplay in adolescent response inhibition. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 18 (4), 308-321
D Van der Meer, P Hoekstra, M van Donkelaar, J Bralten, J Oosterlaan & ... (2017) 909. Predicting Attention-Deficit/hyperactivity Disorder Severity from Stress and Stress Response Genes. Biological Psychiatry 81 (10), S367
D von Rhein, CF Beckmann, B Franke, J Oosterlaan, DJ Heslenfeld & ... (2017) Network‐level assessment of reward‐related activation in patients with ADHD and healthy individuals. Human brain mapping 38 (5), 2359-2369
NJ Forde, L Ronan, MP Zwiers, AF Alexander-Bloch, SV Faraone & ... (2017) No association between cortical gyrification or intrinsic curvature and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adolescents and young adults. Frontiers in neuroscience 11, 218
M Hoogman, J Bralten, DP Hibar, M Mennes, MP Zwiers, L Schweren & ... (2017) Subcortical brain volume differences of participants with ADHD across the lifespan: an ENIGMA collaboration. The lancet. Psychiatry 4 (4), 310

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