Rianne Haartsen

Postdoctoral Researcher

ToddlerLab

Birkbeck, University of London

Malet Street

London 

WC1E 7HX

 

Phone: +44 (0)207 631 6327

E-mail: rhaart01@mail.bbk.ac.uk 

Twitter: @RianneHaartsen

 

Research interests

I am interested in how brain activation and communication between brain areas change during development and how this relates to later behaviours and clinical profiles of neurodevelopmental disorders. Examining the trajectories of brain development may help us identify infants and children who may receive a diagnosis of autism at later age and may benefit from early treatment. My research focuses on examining naturally occurring brain responses in individuals with autism from infancy to adulthood using electroencephalography (EEG). I also help developing robust and scalable measures of brain activity and communication across development that may be used in clinical settings and global health settings. I am currently a post-doctoral researcher in the BOND lab led by Professor Emily J.H. Jones where I’m involved in the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) and the Studying Autism and ADHD Risks (STAARS) study, Longitudinal European Autism Project (LEAP and AIMS-2-TRIALS), Braintools, South African Safe Passage Study (PASS), Arbaclofen Trial, EEG on-the-go, and the Behaviour and Online Neuroimaging to study Development of Socialisation (BONDS) study.

 

Education 

2015-2019: PhD Psychology at Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom

2012-2014: MSc Cognitive Neuroscience: Perception, Action, and Control at

2009-2012: BSc Psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

 

Publications

Haartsen, R., Mason, L., Braithwaite, E. K., Del Bianco, T., Johnson, M. H., & Jones, E. J. (2021). Reliability of an automated gazecontrolled paradigm for capturing neural responses during visual and face processing in toddlerhood. Developmental Psychobiology63(7), e22157. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/dev.22157

da Costa, P. F., Haartsen, R., Throm, E., Mason, L., Gui, A., Leech, R., & Jones, E. J. (2021). Neuroadaptive electroencephalography: a proof-of-principle study in infants. arXiv preprint arXiv:2106.06029. https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.06029

Bhavnani, S., Lockwood Estrin, G., Haartsen, R., Jensen, S. K., Gliga, T., Patel, V., & Johnson, M. H. (2021). EEG signatures of cognitive and social development of preschool children–a systematic review. PloS one16(2), e0247223. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0247223

Haartsen, R., van der Velde, B., Jones, E. J., Johnson, M. H., & Kemner, C. (2020). Using multiple short epochs optimises the stability of infant EEG connectivity parameters. Scientific reports10(1), 1-13.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-68981-5

Haartsen, R., Jones, E. J.H., Mason, L., Tillmann, J., Ahmed, J., Cooke, J., … Murphy, D. (2019, December 11). Socially elicited brain states during naturalistic stimulation in children, adolescents, and adults with and without autism. Retrieved from https://osf.io/wqgky

Van de Velde, B., Haartsen, R., & Kemner, C. (2019). Test-retest reliability of EEG network characteristics in infants. Brain and Behavior. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/brb3.1269

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H., Orekhova, E.V., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., & The BASIS team (2019). Functional EEG connectivity in infants associates with later restricted and repetitive behaviours in autism; a replication study. Translational Psychiatry, 9(66). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-019-0380-2

Poljac, E., Haartsen, R., Van der Cruijsen, R., Kiesel, A., & Poljac, E. (2018). Task intentions and their implementation into actions: cognitive control from adolescence to middle adulthood. Psychological Research, 82(1), 215-229. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00426-017-0927-x

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H., & Johnson, M.H. (2016). Human brain development over the early years. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 10, 149-154. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352154616301164

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. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022096515001472

 

Talks 

Haartsen, R., & Braithwaite E. (July 2021). CBCD researchers discuss global Braintools project. Invited talk at the Virtual Coffee Talks at the Babylab (online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH76rYaNdBU ).

Haartsen, R. (June 2021). A short introduction to infant EEG connectivity. Invited talk presented at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience, King’s College London, London, UK (online).

Haartsen, R., Mason, L., Garces, P., Gui, A., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., Buitelaar, J.K., Loth, E., Murphy, D., Jones, E.J.H., & the EU-AIMS LEAP team (October 2020). Mapping the building blocks of face processing in individuals with and without autism using microstate analysis. Talk presented at Neuromatch 3.0 conference (virtual conference).

Haartsen, R. (June 2020). Birkbeck Babylab’s Rianne Haartsen discusses infant brain activity. Invited talk at the Virtual Coffee Talks at the Babylab (online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiQLJ27C59I&feature=youtu.be ).

Haartsen, R. (July 2019). EEG connectivity in infants with an elevated likelihood for autism. Invited talk presented at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience, King’s College London, London, UK.

Haartsen, R., Johnson, M.H., Charman, T., Jones, E.J.H & The BASIS Team (May 2019). Diminished Social Network Connectivity in Infancy Predicts Social Communication in Toddlers with High Likelihood of Autism. Oral presentation at the International Society for Autism Research 2019 Annual Meeting, as part of a panel session ‘"Developmental Disconnections" in Infants at Risk for ASD,’ in Montreal, Canada.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, & Johnson, M.H. (September 2018). EEG connectivity in infants at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Invited talk presented at the ETADE 2018 Conference (Early Typical and Atypical Development), at Birkbeck College, London, UK.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, Orekhova, E.V., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., & The BASIS team (May 2018). Early functional EEG connectivity in infants at risk for autism associated with later circumscribed interests; a replication study. Talk presented the International Society for Autism Research 2018 Annual Meeting, as part of the panel session ‘Brainview: Developing New Approaches to EARLY Detection of Autism Traits’ at, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, & Johnson, M.H. (March 2018). Functional connectivity in infants at risk for autism: part II. Talk presented at the Internal Seminar at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London, UK.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, & Johnson, M.H. (January 2018). Sensor-level EEG connectivity in infants who develop autism at later age. Invited talk presented at the Centre for the Developing Brain Seminar Series, King’s College London, UK.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, & Johnson, M.H. (November 2016). Functional connectivity in infants at risk for autism: part I. Talk presented at the Internal Seminar at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London, UK.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, & Johnson, M.H. (September 2016). Functional connectivity in infants at risk of ASD. Invited talk presented at the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Autism Workshop, Birkbeck College, London, UK.

 

Poster presentations

Haartsen, R., Van der Velde, B., Jones, E.J.H, Johnson, M.H., & Kemner, C. (July 2020). Test-retest reliability of infant EEG connectivity is optimized when using multiple short epochs. Poster presentation at the virtual International Congress of Infant Studies (virtual conference).

Haartsen, R., Mason, L., Johnson, M.H., Charman, T., Jones, E.J.H., & the EU-AIMS LEAP team (November 2019). Using EEG microstates to understand face processing in autism. Poster presented at the CBCD 21st Anniversary, in London, UK.

Haartsen, R., Van der Velde, B., Jones, E.J.H, Johnson, M.H., & Kemner, C. (June 2019). High test-retest reliability of EEG connectivity supports suitability as infant autism biomarker. Poster presentation at OHBM 2019 (Organization for Human Brain Mapping) in Rome, Italy.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., & The BASIS Team (March 2019). Infant theta EEG connectivity during social naturalistic stimulation associates with risk for ASD. Poster presented at ‘The developing brain in health and disease’ scientific meeting in Oxford, UK.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., & The BASIS Team (March 2019). Infant theta EEG connectivity during social naturalistic stimulation associates with risk for ASD. Poster presented at ‘The developing brain in health and disease’ scientific meeting in Oxford, UK.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, Van der Velde, B., Kemner, C., & Johnson, M.H. (September 2018). Test-retest reliability of EEG connectivity measures in infants. Poster presented at The British Psychological Society, Developmental Section Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, Orekhova, E.V., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., & The BASIS team (August 2018). Atypical theta connectivity in infants with familial risk for autism in response to social stimuli. Poster presented at Flux conference, Berlin, Germany.

Haartsen, R., Jones, E.J.H, Orekhova, E.V., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., & The BASIS team (September 2017). Early functional EEG connectivity variability related to later symptom variability in autism. Poster presented at The British Psychological Society, Developmental Section Annual Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.

 

Funding and awards

Birkbeck Wellcome ISSF researcher

Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support (ISSF) funded the ISSF research position in Aug 2018 – Feb 2019. This funding was awarded in March 2018 to R. Haartsen, covering salary for 6 months, and a travel grant of £1500 to present findings at conferences (poster presentations at Flux in Berlin, and BPS in Liverpool, September 2018).

 

PhD funding

My PhD project was part of the BRAINVIEW European Training Network, which is supported by a grant from the European Community’s Horizon 2020 Program under grant agreement n° 642996 (BRAINVIEW). The PhD was further embedded into the British Autism Sibling Study (BASIS) and the Studying Autism and ADHD Risks (STAARS) project.

 

Travel awards

International Society of Autism Research (INSAR) Student travel award (May 2019)Travel award of 500 USD to attend and present a talk at the international annual meeting for autism research held in Montreal, Canada, in May 2019.

Guarantors of the Brain Travel award (May 2019)Travel award of 887 GBP to attend and present a talk at the international annual meeting for autism research held in Montreal, Canada, in May 2019.

 

Links 

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

Twitter: @RianneHaartsen

Websites:

BOND @CBCD: https://sites.google.com/view/bondcbcd

BRAINVIEW: http://brainview.org

The BASIS project: http://www.basisnetwork.org

The STAARS project: http://www.staars.org