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Ellen De Roeck

Post-doctoral scientists




2019: Neuropsychologist at Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen, Hoge Beuken (80%), post-doc at Vrije

Universiteit Brussel and Uantwerpen (20%)

2015-2018: Joint PhD student in Biomedical and Psychological sciences at the university of

                   Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

2010-2012 : Master of Science in Psychology option Clinical at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

2007-2010:  Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Research Domains


  • Cognitive frailty
  • Early detection of dementia (with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Depression and apathy in older adults


My Phd

Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease: Improvement of neuropsychological screening


The overall aim of my PhD was to study neuropsychological instruments to improve the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. The main body of my research was divided into three parts. The aim of the first part, named cognitive frailty, was to add a measure of subjective cognitive decline to an existing instrument used for the detection of multidimensional frailty in community-dwelling older adults. The aim of the second part, titled cognitive screening tests, was to optimize cognitive screening instruments for the detection of mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease. The aim of the third part, titled neuropsychiatric symptoms, was to evaluate which neuropsychological measurements, focusing on neuropsychiatric symptoms, more specifically measurements of depression or apathy, are most useful to predict conversion from mild cognitive impairment  to dementia (due to Alzheimer’s disease).


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels