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

RHR Pruim, CF Beckmann, M Oldehinkel, J Oosterlaan, D Heslenfeld & ... (2019) An integrated analysis of neural network correlates of categorical and dimensional models of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 4 (5), 472-483
M Hoogman, R Muetzel, JP Guimaraes, E Shumskaya, M Mennes & ... (2019) Brain imaging of the cortex in ADHD: a coordinated analysis of large-scale clinical and population-based samples. American Journal of Psychiatry, appi. ajp. 2019.18091033
M van Lieshout, M Luman, LJS Schweren, JWR Twisk, SV Faraone & ... (2019) The Course of Neurocognitive Functioning and Prediction of Behavioral Outcome of ADHD Affected and Unaffected Siblings. Journal of abnormal child psychology 47 (3), 405-419
AP Groenman, LJS Schweren, W Weeda, M Luman, SDS Noordermeer & ... (2019) Stimulant treatment profiles predicting co-occurring substance use disorders in individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 1-10
E Schwarz, NT Doan, G Pergola, LT Westlye, T Kaufmann, T Wolfers & ... (2019) Reproducible grey matter patterns index a multivariate, global alteration of brain structure in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Translational psychiatry 9 (1), 12
TV Vu, A van der Meulen, D Heslenfeld, K Woodcock, S Han & ... (2019) Neural responses to affective stimuli across culturally similar and dissimilar situations. Culture and Brain, 1-26
PM Gromann, DJ Heslenfeld, AK Fett, DW Joyce & SS Shergill (2019) versus paranoia: abnormal response to social reward in psychotic illness. Brain 2013; 136: 1968–1975; doi: 10.1093/brain/awt076. In the above article, funding acknowledgement ….
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
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

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