Hi! Welcome to the NICHE website!

NICHE is the neuroimaging lab of the Developmental Disorders section at the Psychiatry department of the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The Dutch part of this website is intended for the children and their parents who participate in our studies. The English part contains information on the NICHE members, our research interests and our publications.

Our research focuses on three developmental disorders: ADHD, autism and (risk for) psychosis. We use various neuroimaging techniques to examine morphological and functional brain changes and we relate these to the symptoms that characterise these disorders.

Our main focus across these disorders is how cognitive control and flexible behaviour develop in typically and a-typically developing children. Therefore, brain structures and networks known to be involved in these abilities (e.g. the corticostriatal circuit) have our particular interest.