Marije van Beilen

University Medical Center Groningen/ University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Marije van Beilen studied neuropsychology and developmental psychology at the University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. After graduation, she worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist for the Department of Psychotic Disorders of GGZ Drenthe, Assen, The Netherlands. Her Ph.D. focused on neuropsychological assessment in schizophrenia, in particular executive functioning. After obtaining her Ph.D. degree, she combined clinical care with scientific research, working for the University Medical Center Groningen and GGZ Groningen. Dr. Beilen performed neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapy with various patient groups (patients with various neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, chronic pain, and medically unexplained somatic disorders) and acquired her BIG registration as a GZ-psychologist. Her main research topic is conversion disorder and other types of medically unexplained somatic symptoms, using fMRI, rTMS and (neuro)psychological methodology. She has also studied various other topics such as Parkinson's disease (cognitive functioning and PET), sensory integration (taste-odor-image interaction, fMRI), and attention (visual, fMRI), as a copromotor for Ph.D. students. Her current research focuses on medically unexplained somatic symptoms with special attention for conversion pareses. She investigates psychological factors such as psychopathology, malingering, intelligence, coping strategies, self-insight and dissociation, and cerebral activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging during movement, feigning pareses, and tremor. Furthermore, she is studying the effects of an experimental treatment using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in patients with conversion pareses of the hand, and patients with complex regional pain syndrome. Dr. Beilen the following grants: 2010, ZonMW Veni, 198 keuro; 2009, UMCG Innovation Fund, 38 keuro; 2005, UMCG Innovation Fund, 104 keuro; 2002, Rob Giel Research Center, 75 keuro.

Biography Updated on 2 January 2013

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