Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamResearch focus: Depression
Pim Cuijpers is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Head of the Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology. He has published about 750 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications, including more than 500 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. According to Thompson Reuters, he is one of the "most influential scientific minds" in psychiatry and psychology.
His research has focused on preventing the onset of depressive disorders. He showed in several randomized trials that it is indeed possible to prevent the onset of depressive disorders. For example, last year his group published a trial in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that the number of new cases of depression was about 50% in people who received an internet-based intervention, compared with people who did not get this intervention. Dr. Cuijpers has also shown in several dozens of randomized trials over the past 15 years, that psychological treatments of depression and anxiety can be effectively delivered through the internet with minimal professional support.
Finally, in the past 10 years he has focused on meta-analyses of psychological treatments of depression and anxiety. In meta-analyses the results of individual trials are integrated statistically into one estimate of the true effect. These meta-analyses give overviews of these fields and are used by researchers, practitioners and policy makers for treatment guidelines, further research and clinical decision making. Learn more about Dr. Cuijpers’ research here.
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