Ineke van der Ham obtained her Bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam (2004). She continued her studies at Utrecht University, where she obtained her Master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience (2006) and started her PhD work. In 2009 she was a visiting research fellow at Harvard University. In 2010 she was awarded her doctorate (cum laude) for her dissertation entitled: Thinking left and right, neurocognitive studies on spatial relation processing. From 2010-2015 she was employed as an assistant professor in experimental psychology at Utrecht university. In 2015 she became an assistant professor in neuropsychology at Leiden University.
In her research she focuses mainly on the neuropsychology of navigation ability. She finds navigation impairment particularly interesting and important as many neuropsychological patients suffer from this condition, yet very few diagnostic and treatment tools are currently in use. She is currently developing such tools, making use of virtual reality and serious gaming techniques.
- Lateralized perception: The role of attention in spatial relation processing. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 45, 142-148 (2014)
- Is navigation ability a problem in mild stroke patients? Insights from self-reported navigation measures. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 45(5), 429-433. (2013)
- The effect of stimulus features on working memory of categorical and coordinate spatial relations in patients with unilateral brain damage. Cortex, 48, 737-745. (2012)
- Hemispheric differences in spatial relation processing in a scene perception task: a neuropsychological study. Neuropsychologia, 49, 999-1005. (2011)
- Spatial and temporal aspects of navigation in two neurological patients. NeuroReport, 21, 685-689. (2010)