Dienke Bos

Curriculum Vitae
Dienke Bos began her academic career at University College Utrecht, majoring in social science. In 2004 she switched to studying psychology at Utrecht University. After obtaining a BSc in neuropsychology, Dienke was accepted to the research master program Neuroscience & Cognition. In 2007, Dienke became an intern at NICHE with Marieke Langen, investigating the morphology of the basal ganglia in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dienke then stayed on as a research assistant on the project investigating the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cognitive control in ADHD. In 2010, Dienke started her PhD project on structural and functional connectivity in child psychiatric disorders. Currently, she is Assistant Professor, investigating the neural correlates of behavioral control in the Consortium on Individual Development and a visiting fellow to the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA.

During my PhD..
I investigated the development of brain connectivity in young children and adolescents with developmental disorders. In this longitudinal study I combined neuroimaging techniques such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and resting-state fMRI to assess the development structural and functional connections in Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD in comparison to the typical development of brain connectivity. Furthermore, I was involved in the line of research investigating the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on cognitive control and symptoms of ADHD. On February 11th 2016 I succesfully defended my thesis "Under construction. Brain connectivity and fatty acid treatment in developmental disorders".

Recent research projects
Currently, I am continuing my work on the development of structural and functional brain connectivity in developmental disorders. I am further involved in a new project investigating the (typical) development of the neural circuitry underlying behavioral control within the Consortium on Individual Development. Over the past years I have developed an interest in the factors that predict the nature of the development of brain connectivity and behavioral control. In psychiatry, it has become increasingly clear that behavioral symptoms often transcend diagnostic boundaries. Therefore, using multiple (neuroimaging) modalities I aim to investigate behavioral control along its full continuum, but still with a special interest in the extremes where deficits may develop into disorders.