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Ellen van der Plas, PhD

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Primary Office
W278 General Hospital (GH)
200 Hawkins Dr.
Iowa City, IA 52242


BSc, Leiden University
MSc, Developmental Psychology, Leiden University
PhD, Neuroscience, University of Iowa


Langbehn, K. E., van der Plas, E., Moser, D. J., Long, J. D., Gutmann, L. & Nopoulos, P. C. (2020). Cognitive function and its relationship with brain structure in myotonic dystrophy type 1. Journal of neuroscience research. PMID: 32056295.

Hamilton, M. J., Miller, J. N., Koscik, T. R., Long, J. D., Povilainkainte, J., Farrugia, M. E., McLean, J., Jampana, R., Magnotta, V. A., Gutmann, L., Monckton, D. & Nopoulos, P. C. (In Press). Brain structural features of myotonic dystrophy type 1 and their relationship with CTG repeats. J Neuromuscular Dis.

Spencer Noakes, T. L., Przybycien, T. S., Forwell, A., Nicholls, C. J., Zhou, Y. Q., Butcher, D. T., Weksberg, R., Guger, S. L., Spiegler, B. J., Schachar, R. J., Hitzler, J., Ito, S., van der Plas, E. & Nieman, B. J. (2018). Brain development and heart function after systemic single-agent chemotherapy in a mouse model of childhood leukemia treatment. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. PMID: 30054283.

Van Der Plas, E., Erdman, L., Nieman, B. J., Weksberg, R., Butcher, D. T., O'connor, D. L., Aufreiter, S., Hitzler, J., Guger, S. L., Schachar, R. J., Ito, S. & Spiegler, B. J. (2017). Characterizing neurocognitive late effects in childhood leukemia survivors using a combination of neuropsychological and cognitive neuroscience measures. Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence, 1-16. PMID: 29017430.

van der Plas, E., Schachar, R. J., Hitzler, J., Crosbie, J., Guger, S. L., Spiegler, B. J., Ito, S. & Nieman, B. J. (2016). Brain structure, working memory and response inhibition in childhood leukemia survivors. Brain and behavior, 7(2), e00621. PMID: 28239531.

van der Plas, E., Dupuis, A., Arnold, P., Crosbie, J. & Schachar, R. (2016). Association of Autism Spectrum Disorder with Obsessive-Compulsive and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Traits and Response Inhibition in a Community Sample. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 46(9), 3115-25. PMID: 27401994.

van der Plas, E., Nieman, B. J., Butcher, D. T., Hitzler, J. K., Weksberg, R., Ito, S. & Schachar, R. (2015). Neurocognitive Late Effects of Chemotherapy in Survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Focus on Methotrexate. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry = Journal de l'Academie canadienne de psychiatrie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent, 24(1), 25-32. PMID: 26336377.

van der Plas, E., Koscik, T. R., Conrad, A. L., Moser, D. J. & Nopoulos, P. (2013). Social motivation in individuals with isolated cleft lip and palate. Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 35(5), 489-500. PMID: 23634967.

Boes, A. D., Mehta, S., Rudrauf, D., Van Der Plas, E., Grabowski, T., Adolphs, R. & Nopoulos, P. (2012). Changes in cortical morphology resulting from long-term amygdala damage. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 7(5), 588-95. PMID: 21896493.

van der Plas, E., Caspell, C. J., Aerts, A. M., Tsalikian, E., Richman, L. C., Dawson, J. D. & Nopoulos, P. (2012). Height, BMI, and pituitary volume in individuals with and without isolated cleft lip and/or palate. Pediatric research, 71(5), 612-8. PMID: 22322386.

van der Plas, E. A., Boes, A. D., Wemmie, J. A., Tranel, D. & Nopoulos, P. (2010). Amygdala volume correlates positively with fearfulness in normal healthy girls. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 5(4), 424-31. PMID: 20150341.

van der Plas, E., Conrad, A., Canady, J., Richman, L. & Nopoulos, P. (2010). Effects of unilateral clefts on brain structure. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 164(8), 763-8. PMID: 20679168.

van der Plas, E. A., Crone, E. A., van den Wildenberg, W. P., Tranel, D. & Bechara, A. (2009). Executive control deficits in substance-dependent individuals: a comparison of alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine and of men and women. Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 31(6), 706-19. PMID: 19037812.

Crone, E. A., Bullens, L., van der Plas, E. A., Kijkuit, E. J. & Zelazo, P. D. (2008). Developmental changes and individual differences in risk and perspective taking in adolescence. Development and psychopathology, 20(4), 1213-29. PMID: 18838039.