Roshan Cools

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials R.
Main position Hoogleraar RU
Disciplines Neurology
  Psychiatry, clinical psychology
Chair Cognitieve neuropsychiatrie
Domain Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
Membership Member
Since 2018
Chair of Jury of the C.L. de Carvalho - Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science
Member of Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
Member of Board of the Rathenau Institute
Employed by Radboud UMC en Radboud Universiteit
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Postbus 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
tel.  024 361 0656
Personal website

Roshan Cools specialises in research into the relationship between the brain, drugs and behaviour control. Her breakthrough came in 2001 with her study of the effects of dopaminergic medication in patients with Parkinson’s disease. She showed that the effects of this medication on patients’ ability to control impulsive behaviour, the root cause of serious psychiatric problems such as a gambling addiction, may be the result of overstimulating relatively intact regions of the brain. Cools has extended her research to healthy people who do not have a clinical diagnosis but have other clinical disorders accompanied by behaviour control problems, such as a gambling addiction, an eating disorder, personality disorders and ADHD.