Mental Health

Program directors: Prof. Pim Cuijpers and Prof. Patricia van Oppen

Program secretary: Marissa Kok


Common mental disorders have a major impact on public health and are among the conditions with the worldwide highest disease burden. By conducting observational as well as intervention studies, the Mental Health program contributes to a better evidence-base for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in order to improve mental health in the population.

Specific research themes are:

  1. Epidemiology of Mental Health. This theme includes observational research either in the community setting, the general practice setting as well as the psychiatric care setting, that increases our evidence-base for the occurrence, the determinants and consequences of mental health disorders.
  2. Prevention and treatment in Mental Health. This theme refers to research that contributes to evidence-based information on innovative prevention and treatment interventions to improve mental health and reduce associated disability.
  3. Developmental perspective in Mental Health. This theme refers to research that examines developmental trajectories of psychopathology across the lifespan, as they often start in childhood and continue into late adulthood.

The research line Soma and Psyche has been formed in order to facilitate research on the interface between common mental disorders and physical illnesses.



[last modified July 23, 2015]