Dr Liza van Eijk has a strong interest in neuroimaging and neuropsychology. She is in particular interested in identifying biomarkers to improve patient’s lives, whether that is by assisting with earlier diagnosis, personalizing treatment, or distinguishing between subtypes of disease.

Dr van Eijk is the CIA on an upcoming pilot study examining the implementation and clinical utility of quantified neonatal brain MRI at term-equivalent age at Townsville University and Cairns Hospital for infants at high risk of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes, funded by the TAAHC Seed grant 2021 Aus $50 000. This project is a collaboration between JCU, Townsville University and Cairns Hospital, UQ and the CSIRO. This aligns with one of her research interests focusing on predicting clinical outcomes in preterm-born infants based on measures derived from neonatal MRI, in collaboration with the Australian-eHealth Research Centre, the CSIRO, and the Child health Research Centre, the University of Queensland. Dr van Eijk is also the CIA on a project funded by the JCU Cross Campus grant 2021 Aus $20 000, enabling EEG at Townsville and Singapore campuses. In addition, she collaborates with clinicians and researchers to enable the use of quantitative MRI measures for clinical and research settings in North-Queensland and is involved in several student projects.

Previously, Dr van Eijk examined biological sex differences in the brain, and how these brain sex differences are related to behaviour and disorders that have shown sex differences, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has published first-author papers in high-quality journals such as Neuroimaging (Q1, IF=5.8) and Psychological science (Q1, IF=4.9), and has presented her work at both international (e.g. Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping) and national conferences (e.g. Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting).

Dr van Eijk is a subject coordinator and lecturer for third-year Psychology subject PY3109 ‘Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind’, as well as second-year Psychology subject PY2101 ‘Psychological Neuroscience’. She has a visiting researcher affiliation with the Australian e-Health Research Centre, at the CSIRO.

She welcomes applications from students who are looking for a supervisor for a research project related to neuroimaging, neuroscience and/or neuropsychology. 


  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Predicting outcomes
  • Translational research
  • MRI
  • 2021 to present - Visiting Scientist, Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO
  • 2019 to 2020 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland & Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives

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Journal Articles
  • Allen T, Castellanos Reynosa M, Giacomin P, Karunaweera N, Kupz A, Carlos LoL J, Sharma D, Sikder S, Tedla B, van Eijk L, Vojisavljevic D, Zhao G and Pai S (2024) Next-Generation Vaccines for Tropical Infectious Diseases. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 143.
  • Pagnozzi A, van Eijk L, Pannek K, Boyd R, Saha S, George J, Bora S, Bradford D, Fahey M, Ditchfield M, Malhotra A, Liley H, Colditz P, Rose S and Fripp J (2023) Early brain morphometrics from neonatal MRI predict motor and cognitive outcomes at 2-years corrected age in very preterm infants. NeuroImage, 267.
  • Hansell N, Strike L, van Eijk L, O'Callaghan V, Martin N, de Zubicaray G, Thompson P, Mcmahon K and Wright M (2022) Genetic Specificity of Hippocampal Subfield Volumes, Relative to Hippocampal Formation, Identified in 2148 Young Adult Twins and Siblings. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 25 (3). pp. 129-139
  • Kong X, ENIGMA Laterality Working Group and Franks C (2022) Reproducibility in the absence of selective reporting: an illustration from large?scale brain asymmetry research. Human Brain Mapping, 43 (1). pp. 244-254
  • Raut S, Marathe P, van Eijk L, Eri R, Ravindran M, Benedek D, Ursano R, Canales J and Johnson L (2022) Diverse therapeutic developments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) indicate common mechanisms of memory modulation. Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 239.
  • van Eijk L, Seidel M, Pannek K, George J, Fiori S, Guzzetta A, Coulthard A, Bursle J, Ware R, Bradford D, Rose S, Colditz P, Boyd R and Fripp J (2021) Automating quantitative measures of an established conventional MRI scoring system for preterm-born infants scanned between 29 to 47 weeks' postmenstrual age. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 42 (10). pp. 1870-1877
  • van Eijk L and Zietsch B (2021) Testing the extreme male brain hypothesis: is autism spectrum disorder associated with a more male?typical brain? Autism Research, 14 (8). pp. 1597-1608
  • van Eijk L, Zhu D, Couvy-Duchesne B, Strike L, Lee A, Hansell N, Thompson P, de Zubicaray G, Mcmahon K, Wright M and Zietsch B (2021) Are sex differences in human brain structure associated with sex differences in behaviour? Psychological Science, 32 (8). pp. 1183-1197
  • Grasby K, Jahanshad N, Painter J, Colodro-Conde L, Bralten J, Hibar D, Lind P, Pizzagalli F, Ching C, McMahon M, Shatokhina N, Zsembik L, Thomopoulos S, Zhu A, Strike L, Agartz I, Alhusaini S, Almeida M, Alnæs D, Amlien I, Andersson M, Ard T, Armstrong N, Ashley-Koch A, Atkins J, Bernard M, Brouwer R, Buimer E, Bülow R, Bürger C, Cannon D, Chakravarty M, Chen Q, Cheung J, Couvy-Duchesne B, Dale A, Dalvie S, de Araujo T, de Zubicaray G, de Zwarte S, den Braber A, Doan N, Dohm K, Ehrlich S, Engelbrecht H, Erk S, Fan C, Fedko I, Foley S, Ford J, Fukunaga M, Garrett M, Ge T, Giddaluru S, Goldman A, Green M, Groenewold N, Grotegerd D, Gurholt T, Gutman B, Hansell N, Harris M, Harrison M, Haswell C, Hauser M, Herms S, Heslenfeld D, Ho N, Hoehn D, Hoffmann P, Holleran L, Hoogman M, Hottenga J, Ikeda M, Janowitz D, Jansen I, Jia T, Jockwitz C, Kanai R, Karama S, Kasperaviciute D, Kaufmann T, Kelly S, Kikuchi M, Klein M, Knapp M, Knodt A, Krämer B, Lam M, Lancaster T, Lee P, Lett T, Lewis L, Lopes-Cendes I, Luciano M, Macciardi F, Marquand A, Mathias S, Melzer T, Milaneschi Y, Mirza-Schreiber N, Moreira J, Mühleisen T, Müller-Myhsok B, Najt P, Nakahara S, Nho K, Olde Loohuis L, Orfanos D, Pearson J, Pitcher T, Pütz B, Quidé Y, Ragothaman A, Rashid F, Reay W, Redlich R, Reinbold C, Repple J, Richard G, Riedel B, Risacher S, Rocha C, Mota N, Salminen L, Saremi A, Saykin A, Schlag F, Schmaal L, Schofield P, Secolin R, Shapland C, Shen L, Shin J, Shumskaya E, Sønderby I, Sprooten E, Tansey K, Teumer A, Thalamuthu A, Tordesillas-Gutiérrez D, Turner J, Uhlmann A, Vallerga C, van der Meer D, van Donkelaar M, van Eijk L, van Erp T, van Haren N, van Rooij D, van Tol M, Veldink J, Verhoef E, Walton E, Wang M, Wang Y, Wardlaw J, Wen W, Westlye L, Whelan C, Witt S, Wittfeld K, Wolf C, Wolfers T, Wu J, Yasuda C, Zaremba D, Zhang Z, Zwiers M, Artiges E, Assareh A, Ayesa-Arriola R, Belger A, Brandt C, Brown G, Cichon S, Curran J, Davies G, Degenhardt F, Dennis M, Dietsche B, Djurovic S, Doherty C, Espiritu R, Garijo D, Gil Y, Gowland P, Green R, Häusler A, Heindel W, Ho B, Hoffmann W, Holsboer F, Homuth G, Hosten N, Jack C, Jang M, Jansen A, Kimbrel N, Kolskår K, Koops S, Krug A, Lim K, Luykx J, Mathalon D, Mather K, Mattay V, Matthews S, Mayoral Van Son J, McEwen S, Melle I, Morris D, Mueller B, Nauck M, Nordvik J, Nöthen M, O’Leary D, Opel N, Martinot M, Pike G, Preda A, Quinlan E, Rasser P, Ratnakar V, Reppermund S, Steen V, Tooney P, Torres F, Veltman D, Voyvodic J, Whelan R, White T, Yamamori H, Adams H, Bis J, Debette S, Decarli C, Fornage M, Gudnason V, Hofer E, Ikram M, Launer L, Longstreth W, Lopez O, Mazoyer B, Mosley T, Roshchupkin G, Satizabal C, Schmidt R, Seshadri S, Yang Q, Alvim M, Ames D, Anderson T, Andreassen O, Arias-Vasquez A, Bastin M, Baune B, Beckham J, Blangero J, Boomsma D, Brodaty H, Brunner H, Buckner R, Buitelaar J, Bustillo J, Cahn W, Cairns M, Calhoun V, Carr V, Caseras X, Caspers S, Cavalleri G, Cendes F, Corvin A, Crespo-Facorro B, Dalrymple-Alford J, Dannlowski U, de Geus E, Deary I, Delanty N, Depondt C, Desrivières S, Donohoe G, Espeseth T, Fernández G, Fisher S, Flor H, Forstner A, Francks C, Franke B, Glahn D, Gollub R, Grabe H, Gruber O, Håberg A, Hariri A, Hartman C, Hashimoto R, Heinz A, Henskens F, Hillegers M, Hoekstra P, Holmes A, Hong L, Hopkins W, Hulshoff Pol H, Jernigan T, Jönsson E, Kahn R, Kennedy M, Kircher T, Kochunov P, Kwok J, Le Hellard S, Loughland C, Martin N, Martinot J, McDonald C, McMahon K, Meyer-Lindenberg A, Michie P, Morey R, Mowry B, Nyberg L, Oosterlaan J, Ophoff R, Pantelis C, Paus T, Pausova Z, Penninx B, Polderman T, Posthuma D, Rietschel M, Roffman J, Rowland L, Sachdev P, Sämann P, Schall U, Schumann G, Scott R, Sim K, Sisodiya S, Smoller J, Sommer I, St Pourcain B, Stein D, Toga A, Trollor J, Van der Wee N, van ’t Ent D, Völzke H, Walter H, Weber B, Weinberger D, Wright M, Zhou J, Stein J, Thompson P and Medland S (2020) The genetic architecture of the human cerebral cortex. Science, 367 (6484).
  • van Eijk L, Hansell N, Strike L, Couvy-Duchesne B, de Zubicaray G, Thompson P, McMahon K, Zietsch B and Wright M (2020) Region-specific sex differences in the hippocampus. NeuroImage, 215.
  • Kong X, Mathias S, Guadalupe T, Laterality Working Group E, Glahn D, Franke B, Crivello F, Tzourio-Mazoyer N, Fisher S, Thompson P and Francks C (2018) Mapping cortical brain asymmetry in 17,141 healthy individuals worldwide via the ENIGMA Consortium. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115. pp. E5154-E5163
  • van Eijk L, Zwijsen S, Keeser D, Oosterman J, Pogarell O and Engelbregt H (2017) EEG-neurofeedback training and quality of life of institutionalized elderly women (a pilot study). Advances in Gerontology, 30 (2). pp. 248-254

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr Liza van Eijk from 2015 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

International Brain Research Organisation - Parenthood Grants

Examining the clinical utility of MRI for Multiple Sclerosis

Indicative Funding
$6,000 over 1 year
The aims of this project are to examine whether these quantitative MRI measures derived from clinical scans can assist with 1) characterising the disease severity, and 2) predicting the prognosis of patients with Multiple Sclerosis receiving care at the Townsville University Hospital, as a first step to examine how quantitative MRI measures can be used to assist with treatment planning. The funds will be used to hire a casual research assistant at James Cook University to process the MRI scans on a high performance computing system.
Liza van Eijk (College of Healthcare Sciences)
Imaging; MRI; Multiple Sclerosis; Clinical Imaging

Bionics Queensland Ltd - Bionic Queensland Challenge

Combat apathy in traumatic brain injury patients

Indicative Funding
$25,000 over 2 years
Clinicians often mention apathy as the cause for decreased treatment progression for Traumatic Brain Injury patients. TBI patients with apathy symptoms are less motivated to engage continuously in their therapy schedule. Constant monitoring of patient engagement can help clinicians better measure patient progress and personalise the treatment accordingly. However, current clinical measurements of apathy cannot provide clinicians with continuous feedback. This project offers a novel continuous comprehensive measure of apathy feedback to assist clinicians with assessing and improving patient recovery. This apathy measure will combine traditional clinical measures of apathy with neurophysiological data collected from a virtual reality exoskeleton device.
Shou-Han Zhou, Liza van Eijk, Sara Brice, Jonathan Connor, Kenji Doma, Shareef Omer and Blair Hunt (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Science & Engineering, Townsville University Hospital and Smart Solutions Rehab Group)
Apathy; Virtual Reality; Exoskeleton; Traumatic Brain Injury

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Implementation of Quantified Neonatal Brain MRI at Term-Equivalent Age at Townsville University and Cairns Hospital for Infants at High Risk of Adverse Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 2 years
Infants born preterm, with low birth weight, or whom have a hypoxic event are at risk for developing adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. Currently, the timing of MRI is variable at Townsville University and Cairns Hospital?s Neonatal Units, with the infant often being at an age for which anaesthesia is required to undergo an MRI. This project aims to enable neonatal MRI (at term-equivalent age) for infants identified as high risk based, which is safer, less costly, and provides additional information for early personalized treatment plans in comparison to a later MRI (>4 months) - similar to the changes at Royal Brisbane Women?s Hospital.
Liza van Eijk, Afroz Keramat, Roslyn Boyd, Jurgen Fripp, Ian Wright, Kerstin Pannek, Prasanna Kumar, Kandasamy Yogavijavan, Mohan Swaminathan, Neil Archer, Margot Bosanquet, Sandhya Menon, Daniel Webb, Carly Luke, Lynda McNamara, Leeann Mick-Ramsamy and Anya Gordon (College of Healthcare Sciences, The University of Queensland, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Townsville University Hospital and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service)
Neonatal MRI; Preterm; Quantitative; scoring

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Overcoming Adversity: A Biopsychosocial Perspective of Young Adulthood following Adverse Childhood Experiences (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Mindfulness and Chronic Stress: An investigation of the association between mindfulness and chronic stress, and effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reducing chronic stress in Police Officers (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating low-cost Electroencephalogram and Wearable Biomarker Measurement Devices for use in Mental Healthcare: A Multimodal Approach (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Efficacy of Tabletop Gaming for Improvement of Mental Health and Self-Concepts (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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