Neuropsychology – Cerebral palsy and neuroimaging

ORCID Research Profile


Position: Associate Professor

Research team


Julia Miralbell Blanch

Assistant Professor

jmiralbell (at)


Julia Ballester Plane

Assistant Professor

julia.ballester (at)


Olga Laporta Hoyos

Postdoctoral researcher

olgalaporta (at)


Xavier Caldú

Associate Professor

xcaldu (at)

Contact details


Dr. Roser Pueyo

Department of Psicologia Clínica i Psicobiologia

Faculty of Psychology, Pg. de la Vall d’Hebron, 171

08035 Barcelona (Spain)

+34 93 312 50 53

rpueyo (at)…

Research Interests


Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical disability in children and it remains as a major problem due to its chronicity and its medical, social and educational implications.


Our previous study was focused on dyskinetic CP. The study of dyskinetic CP is relevant because has increased its prevalence in children born at term and/or with normal weight. However, cognition and neuroimaging have been scarcely studied in dyskinetic CP. During the last years, we have carried out a project to describe the neuropsychological profile of people with dyskinetic CP and their neuroanatomical correlates.


We are now focused on testing whether an on-line and home-based cognitive training exerts a positive effect not only on the cognitive and daily functioning of children with CP but also on other measures such as participation and quality of life. We will further test whether there are changes in brain function and structure due to brain plasticity.

Current Research Lines


  • Dyskinetic cerebral palsy
  • Neuroplasticity

Technologies / methods


  • Neuropsychological assessment.
  • Neuroimaging analysis.

Highlighted publications


· Laporta-Hoyos, O.; Fiori, S.; Pannek, K.; Ballester-Plané, J.; Leiva, D.; Reid, R.B.; Pagnozzi, A.M.; Vázquez, E.; Delgado, I.; Macaya, A.; Pueyo, R.; Boyd, R. (2018). Brain lesion scores obtained using a simple semi-quantitative scale from MR imaging are associated with motor function, communication and cognition in dyskinetic cerebral palsy. NeuroImage: Clinical 19: 892-900.


· Ballester-Plané, J.; Laporta-Hoyos, O.; Macaya, A.; Póo, P.; Meléndez, M.; Toro, E.; Gimeno, F.; Narberhaus, A.; Segarra, D.; Pueyo, R. (2018). Cognitive functioning in dyskinetic cerebral palsy: Its relation to motor function, communication and epilepsy. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology 22(1): 102-112.


· Ballester-Plané, J.; Schmidt, R.; Laporta-Hoyos, O.; Junqué, C.; Vázquez, E.; Delgado, I.; Zubiaurre-Elorza, L.; Macaya, A.; Póo, P.; Toro, E.; de Reus, M.A.;, van den Heuvel, M.P.; Pueyo, R. (2017). Whole-brain structural connectivity in dyskinetic cerebral palsy and its association with motor and cognitive function. Human Brain Mapping 38(9): 4594-4612.


· Laporta-Hoyos, O.; Pannek, K.; Ballester-Plané, J.; Reid, L.B.; Vázquez, E.; Delgado, I.; Zubiaurre-Elorza, L.; Macaya, A.; Póo, P.; Meléndez, M.; Junqué, C.; Boyd, R.; Pueyo, R. (2017). White matter integrity in dyskinetic cerebral palsy: relationship with intelligence quotient and executive function. Neuroimage-Clinical 15: 789-800.


· Laporta-Hoyos, O.; Ballester-Plané, J.; Póo, P.; Macaya, A.; Meléndez, M.; Vázquez, E.; Delgado, I.; Zubiaurre-Elorza, L.; Lozano, V.; Narberhaus, A.; Toro, E.; Segarra, D.; Pueyo, R. (2017). Proxy-reported quality of life in adolescents and adults with dyskinetic cerebral palsy is associated with executive functions and cortical thickness. Quality of Life Research 26(5): 1209-1222.