Prof. B.A. Schmand PhD


Prof. B.A. Schmand PhD

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

Schmand's research focuses on applied neuropsychological topics such as development of new neuropsychological tests, improving the efficiency of neuropsychological assessment, delineating the cognitive profile of neurological and psychiatric diseases, and neuropsychological (side) effects of medical treatments.
More in particular, his current research focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, ALS, sleep apnoe in stroke patients, and the validity of mental complaints.

Key publications
  • Broeders M., de Bie R. M. A., Velseboer D. C., Speelman J. D., Muslimovic D., Schmand B. Evolution of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson disease Neurology 2013;81 (4):346-352 [PubMed]
  • Kylstra Wytske A., Aaronson Justine A., Hofman Winni F., Schmand Ben A. Neuropsychological functioning after CPAP treatment in obstructive sleep apnea: a meta-analysis Sleep medicine reviews 2013;17 (5):341-347 [PubMed]
  • Schmand Ben, Eikelenboom Piet, van Gool Willem A. Value of Diagnostic Tests to Predict Conversion to Alzheimer's Disease in Young and Old Patients with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment Journal of Alzheimer s disease 2012;29 (3):641-648 [PubMed]
  • Schmand Ben, Eikelenboom Piet, van Gool Willem A. Value of neuropsychological tests, neuroimaging, and biomarkers for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in younger and older age cohorts Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2011;59 (9):1705-1710 [PubMed]
  • Schmand B., Huizenga H. M., van Gool W. A. Meta-analysis of CSF and MRI biomarkers for detecting preclinical Alzheimer's disease Psychological medicine 2010;40 (1):135-145 [PubMed]
All Publications
Curriculum Vitae

Ben Schmand studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained a master’s degree in clinical and experimental psychology in 1978. During the next 20 years he practiced as a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist at the Slotervaart hospital in Amsterdam and in several other general and psychiatric hospitals. In parallel he held various research positions at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Utrecht, and the Free University in Amsterdam. He obtained a PhD in 1991 at the University of Utrecht under the supervision of professors Betto Deelman and Marten Kuilman. In 1997 he joined the neurological department of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. In 2003 he was appointed as professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam.

Research programmes

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

Improving the early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Other dementias
Cognitive decline in Parkinson's Disease (part of CARPA-II study)
Obstructive sleep apnoe syndrome in stroke patients
Cognitive functioning in ALS and PSMA patients
Evaluation of intensive neuropsychological rehabilitation
Executive function training in autism
Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure (ANDI)

Prof. H.M. Geurts PhD
G.J. Geurtsen MSc PhD
H.M. Huizenga PhD
Prof. J.M. Murre PhD

PhD Students
N.R. de Vent
R. van de Ven MSc
J. Zandvliet