Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Zürich
Our current research interests include the examination of brain networks and their development in healthy children and adolescents as well as patients suffering child-psychiatric disorders using non-invasive, child-friendly neuroimaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), functional (fMRI) and structural (sMRI) magnetic resonance imaging or combined EEG-fMRI (sequential or simultaneous). The core patient groups include children suffering from developmental dyslexia and/or children at (familial) risk for developmental dyslexia, as well as children and adolescents suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We are particularly interested in comparing typically developing children with child-psychiatric populations, aiming to i) clarify and delineate dysfunction of specific cognitive brain networks in different child psychiatric disorders; ii) characterize trajectories for typical and atypical functional and structural brain development; iii) identify neuroimaging measures suited to advance prediction or diagnosis; iv) evaluate and track learning-related changes in the brain during specific interventions; and v) advance the combination of child-friendly neuroimaging techniques and analyses.
reading, development, dyslexia, visual word form system, audio-visual integration of speech and print, obsessive-compulsive disorder, error monitoring, inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility