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Prof.Dr. Rudolf Ponds

Telephone:+31 43 3876044
E-mail: r.ponds@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Division: Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
Position: Clin Neuropsychologist / Associate Professor
Address: School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS)
Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology / Alzheimer Centre Limburg
Maastricht University Medical Centre
P.O. Box 5800
6202 AZ Maastricht, the Netherlands

Visiting address
Dr. Tans building 4th floor
Dr. P. Debeyelaan 25
6229 HX Maastricht, the Netherlands

Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Ponds R[author]

Curriculum vitae: Rudolf Ponds (1960) co-heads the department of Psychology (formerly Medical Psychology) at MUMC+ and additionally is head of the department of Neuropsychiatry at Mondriaan Health Care. His clinical experience extends to clinical psychology, psychiatry and clinical neuropsychology. He is known for his innovative work in health care (e.g. development of the Maastricht Memory Clinic, development of the newly formed Neuropsychiatry Department of Mondriaan). His focus is on clinical neuropsychology, especially concerning aging and dementia, (mild) traumatic brain injury and neuropsychological disturbances in psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia). In the last 6 years, he focussed on the cognitive, behavioural and emotional consequences of acquired brain damage. He works at the University Hospital of Maastricht (MUMC+ - RVE GGZ, the departments of Psychiatry and Psychology) as well as in the regional psychiatric healthcare (Mondriaan Health Care - department of Neuropsychiatry). His clinical work involves both (neuropsychological) diagnostic work and treatment. He supervises students and professionals in their clinical neuropsychological work.
The scope of research activities of Rudolf Ponds is diverse and includes topics from neuropsychology, psychiatry, neurology, public health, aging and dementia and cognitive rehabilitation. His focus is mostly on the complex relation between subjective feelings of health / cognition in relation to more objective indices of health and cognition. There is no ‘one to one’ relation between objective and subjective measures of cognitive health, both in normal healthy persons as in patients with age-related cognitive decline or with brain damage. This has important consequences for diagnostic work (validity and reliability of diagnostic procedures) as well as treatment (what should be the focus and rationale of psychological treatment and/or cognitive rehabilitation); clinical neurocognitive problems should therefore always be studied and understood in relation to psychological and physical wellbeing, personality, coping styles and environment (relatives). His second main research theme concerns the early detection of dementia.

Research: -early diagnosis and treatment of dementia / Mild Cognitive Impairment
-treatment of behavioural and emotional disturbances due to brain damage (trauma, cerebro-vascular accidents, drugs and alcohol, otherwise)
-cognitive rehabilitation, especially memory
-medical neuropsychology (cognitive disturbances in chronic medical conditions, e.g. diabetes, coronary disease, etc)
-psychiatric neuropsychology (cognitive disturbances in psychiatric disorders)
-diagnosis and treatment of (cognitive) conversion (‘cogniform’ disorders)
-memory training in the (normal) elderly

Teaching: See research areas