Professor of Language Development Disorders
Constance Vissers has been appointed Professor by special appointment of Language Development Disorders at Radboud University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. This took effect on 1 March 2019. The chair was established by Royal Dutch Kentalis. Professor Vissers’ aim is to gain deeper insight into the neuropsychology of language development disorders, in order to strengthen the expertise available for the increasingly diverse target groups at Kentalis.
Constance Vissers (Bergen op Zoom, 1979) is a clinical neuropsychologist. Her chair is situated at the Radboud University Behavioural Science Institute. Since 2014, Vissers has combined scientific research and clinical tasks within Kentalis, (programme line TOS), Radboud University and her psychological practice. From these positions she has developed research programmes and projects aimed at treating children and adults with developmental problems.
She focuses on the scientific foundation of education, diagnostics and treatment of cognitive and behavioural problems in (young) children and adolescents with TOS. Her current research concerns the unravelling of socio-emotional problems, limited communication skills and learning problems. She uses neuropsychological tests, such as behavioural, EEG and eye-tracking measurements.
With this professorship, the collaboration between Radboud University and Kentalis will be further strengthened. Professor Vissers will work closely with Kentalis colleagues who also hold positions at Radboud University, for example. The Language Development Disorders chair also anchors current and future neurocognitive research projects within a sector-wide, multidisciplinary and international context. Thanks to this, care processes and education related to the field of TOS will be able to benefit directly from the latest neuropsychological insights.
Kentalis established four more professional chairs at Dutch Universities in the field of deafblindness, Deaf Education, Language and Reading development and Augmentative and Alternative communication