MSc PhD G.J. Geurtsen

Medical Specialist
Main activities
Patient care, Research
Clinical neuropsychology
Focus of research

The Department of Medical Psychology performs clinical  research within four research themes: Quality of Life, Medical communication, Psychological and behavioral interventions and Cognitive disorders. The themes are imbedded in the research programs. The Cognitive disorders theme is imbedded in the Amsterdam Neuroscience, the research institute of neuroscience investigators in the Amsterdam area.

Cognitive disorders often are present in medical and psychiatric diseases. The profile of cognitive disorders can help in the medical diagnostic procedure in neurological diseases. Furthermore, cognitive disorders frequently are a side effect or adverse event of treatment. Therefore, cognitive disorders are a primary or secondary outcome in several prospective clinical cohort studies and randomized clinical trials.

In general, Geurtsen's research focuses on applied neuropsychological topics such as delineating the cognitive profile of neurological and psychiatric diseases, and neuropsychological (side) effects of medical treatments as well as the prognosis and implications of cognitive disorders for neurodegeneration.
More in particular, his current research focuses on cognitive profiles in medical diseases for instance Parkinson’s disease (especially Parkinson's Disease Mild Cognitive Impairment),  HIV and several (inherited metabolic) diseases.

Key publications
  • Hoogland Jeroen, Boel Judith A., de Bie Rob M. A., Geskus Ronald B., Schmand Ben A., Dalrymple-Alford John C., Marras Connie, Adler Charles H., Goldman Jennifer G., Tröster Alexander I., Burn David J., Litvan Irene, Geurtsen Gert J. Mild Cognitive Impairment as a Risk Factor for Parkinson's Disease Dementia Movement disorders 2017;32 (7):1056-1065 [PubMed]
  • Geurtsen Gert J., Hoogland Jeroen, Goldman Jennifer G., Schmand Ben A., Tröster Alexander I., Burn David J., Litvan Irene, Filoteo J. Vincent, Hurtig Howard, Chen-Plotkin Alice, Adler Charles H., Jacobson Sandra A., Leverenz Jim, Zabetian Cyrus, Huang Xuemei, Eslinger Paul J., Marras Connie, Duff-Canning Sarah, Dalrymple-Alford John C., Anderson Tim J., Naismith Sharon L., Lewis Simon J. G., Wu Ruey-Meei, Yu Rwei-Ling, Bhattacharyya Kalyan B., Williams-Gray Caroline H., Breen David P., Barker Roger A., Yarnall Alison J., de Bie Rob M. A., Koene Ted, Klein Martin, Trautmann Ellen, Mollenhauer Brit, Dodel Richard, Kulisevsky Jaime, Pagonabaragga Javier, Rodriguez-Oroz Maria C., Gasca-Salas Carmen, Junque Carme, Segura Barbara, Sportiello Marco Timpano, Cammisuli Davide M., Barone Paolo, Pedersen Kenn Freddy, Alves Guido Parkinson's disease mild cognitive impairment: application and validation of the criteria Journal of Parkinson s disease 2014;4 (2):131-137 [PubMed]
  • Hoogland Jeroen, Boel Judith A., de Bie Rob M. A., Schmand Ben A., Geskus Ronald B., Dalrymple-Alford John C., Marras Connie, Adler Charles H., Weintraub Daniel, Junque Carmen, Pedersen Kenn F., Mollenhauer Brit, Goldman Jennifer G., Tröster Alexander I., Burn David J., Litvan Irene, Geurtsen Gert J. Risk of Parkinson's disease dementia related to level I MDS PD-MCI Movement disorders 2019;34 (3):430-435 [PubMed]
  • Buermans Noortje J. M. L., van den Bosch Sharon J. G., Huffnagel Irene C., Steenweg Marjan E., Engelen Marc, Oostrom Kim J., Geurtsen Gert J. Overall intact cognitive function in male X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy adults with normal MRI Orphanet journal of rare diseases 2019;14 (1):217 [PubMed]
  • Hermans Merel E., Welsink-Karssies Mendy M., Bosch Annet M., Oostrom Kim J., Geurtsen Gert J. Cognitive functioning in patients with classical galactosemia: A systematic review Orphanet journal of rare diseases 2019;14 (1) [PubMed]
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Curriculum Vitae

Gert Geurtsen studied psychology at the University of Groningen. He obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1996. During the next years he practiced neuropsychology and specialized as a health care psychology and subsequently as a clinical neuropsychologist. He combined clinical work and research for his PhD thesis at rehabilitation centre Groot Klimmendaal in Arnhem. He obtained a PhD in 2011 at the Radboud University Nijmegen (copromotors Caroline van Heugten {UM} and Ron Meijer {Groot Klimmendaal}; promotor prof. Alexander Geurts). In 2012 he joined the neurological department of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam.

Research programmes

Prof. PhD B.A. Schmand (Neuropsychological evaluation of neurological and psychiatric diseases)