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Jaap Oosterlaan (1962) is full professor in Paediatric Neuropsychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Oosterlaan has a background in health sciences, finished his PhD in psychology and became full professor in Paediatric Neuropsychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he continues to have a chair and research group. His main affiliation is now with the Emma Children's Hospital AMC and department of Paediatrics VU Medical Center. Please visit the Emma Children's Hospital AMC website for more information. Oosterlaan is on the board of directors of the institute for postgraduate mental health care education for North Netherlands (RINO) and is permanent member of the Dutch Health Counsel. He has published more than 280 international peer-reviewed papers, with an accompanying h-index of 52 (Web of Science).

Oosterlaan’s research program concentrates on two lines of research. One line of research focuses on medical conditions affecting the central nervous system, such as premature birth and traumatic brain injury. This line of research is hosted at the department of Paediatrics of the Emma Children’s Hospital Amsterdam Medical Centre and is carried out in close collaboration with dr. Marsh Konigs. The other line of research targets childhood disruptive behaviour disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and antisocial behaviour. This research is hosted at the section of Clinical Neuropsychology of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and carried out in close collaboration with dr. Marjolein Luman and dr. Hanneke van Ewijk.

The research program targets several aims: (1) to provide a new ways to assess and diagnose brain functioning; (2) to elucidate underlying mechanisms of dysfunction (brain functioning measures are closer to the genetic underpinnings of a disorder, and less influenced by environmental factors than the behavioural manifestation of a disorder); and (3) to develop new treatment approaches to enhance brain function (e.g., training of cognitive and motor functions, physical exercise). The research program employs a broad array of measures including measures of behavioural, cognitive, motor, academic and brain functioning, with special emphasis on measures of brain functioning. Measures include a variety of sophisticated computer based paradigms assessing a broad array of brain functions varying from basic motor skills to higher order cognitive processes. These measures are currently integrated in a battery of tests; the Emma's Toolbox. Brain functioning is assessed using imaging techniques including high density EEG and MRI-based techniques including structural and functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging.

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Research Output 1999 2018

Cognitive Outcomes of Children Born Extremely or Very Preterm Since the 1990s and Associated Risk Factors: A Meta-analysis and Meta-regression

Twilhaar, E. S., Wade, R. M., de Kieviet, J. F., van Goudoever, J. B., van Elburg, R. M. & Oosterlaan, J. 19 Feb 2018 In : JAMA Pediatrics.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Does Methylphenidate Improve Academic Performance? A Systematic Review and Meta‑analysis

Kortekaas-Rijlaarsdam, A. F., Luman, M., Sonuga-Barke, E. & Oosterlaan, J. 20 Jan 2018 In : European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewReview article

Executive Function Computerized Training in Very Preterm-Born Children: A Pilot Study

Aarnoudse-Moens, C. S. H., Twilhaar, E. S., Oosterlaan, J., van Veen, H. G., Prins, P. J. M., van Kaam, A. H. & van Wassenaer-Leemhuis, A. G. 13 Mar 2018 In : Games for Health.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Academic performance of children born preterm: a meta-analysis and meta-regression

Twilhaar, E. S., de Kieviet, J. F., Aarnoudse-Moens, C. S. H., van Elburg, R. M. & Oosterlaan, J. 28 Aug 2017 In : Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal and Neonatal Edition.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Anxiety modulates the relation between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder severity and working memory-related brain activity

van der Meer, D., Hoekstra, P. J., van Rooij, D., Winkler, A. M., van Ewijk, H., Heslenfeld, D. J., Oosterlaan, J., Faraone, S. V., Franke, B., Buitelaar, J. K. & Hartman, C. A. 28 Feb 2017 In : World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. 2017, p. 1-11

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle