Nikki Janssen

Nikki Janssen

PhD candidate

Radboud University

I am a PhD candidate at the Donders Centre for Cognition and the Radboud University Medical Centre. My research focuses on the functional contribution of the ventral and dorsal pathways to speaking by assessing whether connectivity measures predict language performance for both healthy speakers and patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). The aim of my research is twofold as it serves both a theoretical/fundamental and a practical/clinical purpose. Besides gaining insight into the role of ventral and dorsal white matter pathways in speaking in health and neurodegenerative disease, I also aim to improve the process of diagnosing PPA by the development of new (linguistic) diagnostic measures and the detection of additional clinical markers for PPA and its variants. I believe in the value of integrating research with clinical care as the translation of research and experimental paradigms into real-world practice will help to improve diagnostic decision making and develop targeted treatment strategies. Moreover, the involvement of researchers in clinical practice will allow researchers to connect directly with individuals whose lives they hope to improve and this will, in turn, inspire the development of new diagnostic measures and treatments.

Interests

  • Neuropsychology
  • Primary progressive aphasia
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • White matter
  • Diffusion weighted imaging
  • Intersection between research and clinical practice

Education & Career

  • MSc in Healthcare Psychology, 2014-2015

    Radboud University

  • Radboud Honours Academy Psychology, 2012-2014

    Radboud University

  • BA in Psychology, 2011-2014

    Radboud University

  • BA in Medicine, 2007-2010

    Radboud University

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