Rianne Haartsen

PhD Student


Prof. Mark Johnson

Dr. Emily Jones 

Research interests

I am interested in the neural mechanisms of developmental disorders and how these mechanisms are related to behavioural aspects of the disorders. My PhD project aims to investigate functional connectivity in young infants with a risk for autism. I focus on the developmental trajectory of functional connectivity in autism, how functional connectivity might be related to behavioural aspects of autism, and different methods to measure functional connectivity. To this end I use EEG and behavioural measures. I am also involved in testing in the STAARS project.

This PhD project is part of the BRAINVIEW ETN.

This work has been supported by a grant from the European Community’s Horizon 2020 Program under grant agreement n° 642996 (BRAINVIEW). Website: www.brainview.org


PhD Psychology 

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom

July 2015 – present

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience 

Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

September 2012 – 2014

BSc Psychology

Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

2009 - 2012

Research Posts

Research Assistant 

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior and Baby Research Center, both in Nijmegen, the Netherlands

September 2014 – July 2015


Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Haartsen, R., Stapel, J., & Hunnius, S. (2015). The role of action prediction and control for joint action in joint action coordination in toddlers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 139, 203-220.


Email: rhaart01@mail.bbk.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/rianne-haartsen-05ab79a5