Personal information

Jenneke  Wiersma


Postdoc and Psychologist 
Department of Psychiatry
GGZinGeest and VU University Medical Center

Key interests:

- Blended care (combining face to face therapy with internet and mobile phone applications)
- Chronic depression
- Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)


2010 - present  Postgraduate specialization at the RINO to become a mental health care psychologist (GZ psycholoog)

2006 – 2011  VU University; PhD in Medicine (Department of Psychiatry Thesis: Psychological Characteristcs and Treatment of Chronic Depression

2006 – 2011 Trained and certified as a supervisor in "Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy" (CBASP) by dr. J.P. McCullough

2005 – 2010 Trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Dutch Association of CBT  

2006 – 2009 Postgraduate courses at the VU University in Amsterdam: Introduction in Epidemiological research, Linear Regression and Analysis of Variance, Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis, Longitudinal data-analysis and Writing in English for Publication

1998 – 2004 University of Amsterdam; Master of Science in Psychology. Thesis and Research internship on psychological well-being at the University of Bologna and Amsterdam, supervised by prof. dr. G.A. Fava and prof. dr. P.M.G. Emmelkamp (grade: 9). Duration: 6 months (January-June 2003). Clinical internship at the Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Project, supervised by prof. dr. P.M.G. Emmelkamp (grade: 8)

1997 – 1998 Universita per Stranieri, Perugia and Napels; Italian language

1991 – 1997 Gymnasium, ‘Praedinius Gymnasium’ te Groningen, the Netherlands


2009 CRUFAD clinic, University of New South Wales and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Research internship on internettherapy for chronic depression, under supervision by prof. dr. G.A. Andrews. Duration: 4 months (September-December 2009)

2006 - present  Department of psychiatry, GGZinGeest and VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Postdoc/psychologist

2004 – 2006 Department of Anxiety disorders, PsyQ, the Hague, clinical work as a psychologist





  • Master students of the program Neurosciences (Psychiatric Epidemiology), at the VU University.

Training / Supervision: 

  • Therapists in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy.

Editorial Experience: Peer review of manuscripts and books in the following journals:

  • Journal of Affective Disorders
  • Dutch journal of Psychiatry

Grant review of the research proposal: Predictors of recurrent and chronic course in MDD. A follow-up study. University of Ottawa's Medical Research Fund (Department of Psychiatry)

Society Memberships: 

  • Dutch Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; member of organizing committee of the annual Dutch congress of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy                                                         
  • Association of Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy

Awards and Scholarships:

  • ​Dissertation award of the Netherlands School of Primary Care Research (2012)                   
  • ZonMw “Parel award” for the CBASP project (2012)                                                                                                             
  • EMGO+ Travel grant (2009) (5000 euro)                                                                                         
  • Erasmus Scholarship (2002)