Hilde Geurts is currently a professor in clinical neuropsychology and professor by special appointment (focus Autism: Cognition across the life span) at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam. One day a week she works as a senior researcher at the "Dr. Leo Kannerhuis". After finishing her VIDI grant (MagW NWO, 2011-2016) and her fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) to study the effect of aging in autism, she started with her VICI project (MagW NWO, 2017-2022). She will focus on cognitive aging and (potentially beneficial) cognitive strategy use and autism outlook subtyping.
Hilde obtained a MSc in Neuro- and Rehabiliation psychology (1996) at the University of Nijmegen (Radboud University). Next she worked for approximately two years as a neuropsychologist in a psychiatric hospital for children. She received her PhD at the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Vrije Universiteit. Her PhD project focused on Executive control in ADHD and Autism spectrum Disorders (ASD) with prof.dr. J.A. Sergeant, prof.dr. H. Roeyers and prof dr. J. Oosterlaan as advisors. In the meanwhile she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Clinical Psychology (UvA). From 2002 till 2009 she was assistant professor Clinical Neuropsychology at the Psychonomics section (currently known as Brain & Cognition, UvA) and from 2009 onwards she she was associate professor at the same department. From 2013 to 2018 she was a member of the Young Academy of the Dutch Royal Academy of Science (KNAW) and in 2018 she co-founded the Amsterdam Young Academy. In 2014 she co-founded the research network reach-aut (see www.reach-aut.nl) in which a wide range of stakeholders are together shaping autism research. Since 2019 Reach-aut is part of the Academic workplace autism (funded by ZonMW) for which she is the advisor. From 2017 till 2019 years she also was the vice-president of the International Society of Autism Research (INSAR). An organization of which she was recently awarded a life-time fellowship.
The main focus of her work is on so called neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She focuses on cognition (especially cognitive control/executive functioning), inter & intra individual variability, quality of life as well as interventions across the life span. Recent ongoing projects focuses on (older) autistic adults for an overview of all studies please see www.dutcharc.nl .
Please, see for overview of all her output (publications [including recently accepted ones], presentations, media) http://www.dutcharc.nl/team/hilde-geurts/. Most of her papers can also be found on research gate.
Geurts, H.M., Stek., M., & Comijs, H. (2016). Autism characteristics in older adults with depressive disorders. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 24(2):161-9.
Lever, A.G., & Geurts, H.M. (2015). Age-related Differences in Cognition across the Adult Lifespan in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research. PMID:26333004.
de Vries, M., Prins, P. J.M., Schmand, B. A. & Geurts, H. M. (2014), Working memory and cognitive flexibility-training for children with an ASD: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.56(5), 566-576.
Geurts, H.M., Corbett, B., & Solomon., M (2009). The paradox of cognitive flexibility in autism. Trends in Cognitive Science, 13 , 74-82.
Geurts, H. M., Verté, S., Oosterlaan, J., Roeyers, H., & Sergeant, J. A. (2004). How specific are executive functioning deficits in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and autism? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45 , 836-854.
2005 and before
Other (in Dutch)
Hilde Geurts is a lecturer in several courses in both the bachelor and master "Clinicial Neuropsychology". These courses are related to (neuro)psychological assessment, psychopathology (children and adults), and clinical neuropsychology. She is one of the founders of this bachelor and master.