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Marieke De Vries

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science



Dr Marieke de Vries studied clinical neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam. She specialized in neuropsychology in children in both her research and clinical internship. After graduating (MSc), Marieke has worked as a psychologist with children with various diagnoses. Her PhD project focused on Executive Functions in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). After gaining het PhD Marieke has worked as a Post-doctoral researcher for research priority area Yield at the University of Amsterdam, the Academic Medical Center, and the VU medical center in Amsterdam.

Expertise Summary

The main focus of Marieke's PhD project was deficits in Executive Functions (EFs) in children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Marieke studied in which EFs children with ASD show deficits and whether and how EFs as measured on tasks relate to EFs in daily life. Moreover, she studied an EF training program for children with ASD. She studied whether Working Memory and Cognitive Flexibility could be trained by means of a specially developed computer game (Braingame Brian). Although all children improved in EFs as measured with tasks, and improved in behaviour as measured with questionnaires, there was no difference between children who were trained (in Working Memory or Cognitive Flexibility) and children who received the control (placebo) training.

During her Postdoctoral research, Marieke focused on neuropsychological consequences of several diseases in children, such as brain tumours, and sickle cell disease. Children who had a brain tumour seem to 'grow into deficit'; neuropsychological problems increase over the years after diagnosis and treatment, as affected brain regions might cease to develop. Screening for neuropsychological consequences over time is therefore very important. Marieke studied whether screening with a questionnaire (Pediatric Perceived Cognitive Functioning item bank; PedsPCF) prior to extensive neuropsychological testing would be beneficial.

Teaching Summary

C81DEV Developmental Psychology

C82SAD Social and Developmental psychology, the developmental part

C82PRM Practical Methods in Psychology

Recent Publications

Past Research


de Vries, M., M. G. E. Verdam, Prins, P. J. M., Schmand, B. A., & Geurts, H. M. (2016). Predictors and moderators of an executive function training for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism.

de Vries, M., Prins, P.J.M., Schmand, B. A. & Geurts, H. M. (2016). Een executieve functietraining voor kinderen met autisme. Wetenschappelijk Tijdschrift Autisme

de Vries, M., & Geurts, H. M. (2015). Influence of Autism Traits and Executive Functioning on Quality of Life in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

de Vries, M., Prins, P.J.M., Schmand, B. A. & Geurts, H. M. (2015). Working memory and cognitive flexibility-training for children with an autism spectrum disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child psychology and Psychiatry.

de Vries, M., & Geurts, H.M. (2014). Beyond individual differences: Are working memory and inhibition informative specifiers within ASD? Journal of Neural Transmission

Prins, P. J., Brink, E. T., Dovis, S., Ponsioen, A., Geurts, H. M., de Vries, M., & Van Der Oord, S. (2013). "Braingame Brian": toward an executive function training program with game elements for children with ADHD and cognitive control problems. GAMES FOR HEALTH: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications, 2(1), 44-49.

de Vries, M., & Geurts, H. M. (2012). Cognitive flexibility in ASD; task switching with emotional faces. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(12), 2558-2568.

Book chapters

Boyer, B.E., de Vries, M. & Dovis, S. (2016) Tekorten in executieve functies. In Zeguers, M. & Snellings, P. (Ed) Interventies in het onderwijs: leerproblemen Boom Lemma Den Haag

Geurts, H. M., de Vries, M., & van den Bergh, S. F. (2014). Executive Functioning Theory and Autism. In Handbook of Executive Functioning (pp. 121-141). Springer New York.

Geurts, H.M., van Eylen, L., & de Vries, M. Executieve functies In: Geurts, H.M., Sizoo, B.B., Noens, I. [Ed.] Autismespectrum-stoornis Interdisciplinair basisboek

Ten Brink, E.L., Dovis, S., Ponsioen, A.J.G.B., Geurts, H.M., van der Oord, S., de Vries, M. & Prins, P.J.M. (2013) Braingame Brian: een executieve functietraining met game-elementen voor kinderen met ADHD. In: Braet, C., Bögels, S. (Ed.), Protocollaire behandelingen voor kinderen en adolescenten 2.

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