Prof. Pim Cuijpers


Pim Cuijpers Controversias Psiquiatria Barcelona
Talk Can Psychiatry develop primary preventive interventions?
Date Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Time 09:00 - 09:45


Pim Cuijpers is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology. He is also program leader of the Mental Health Program of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research at the Vrije Universiteit and VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association (until June 2017), coordinator of the Global Consortium for Depression Prevention, member of the Guideline Development Panel (GPD) for Depressive disorders of the American Psychological Association, and advisor for several national and international research projects. Pim Cuijpers is specialised in conducting randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses on prevention and psychological treatments of common mental disorders. Much of his work is aimed at prevention of mental disorders, psychological treatments of depression and anxiety disorders, and Internet-delivered treatments. He has also published on a broad range of subjects in the field of clinical psychology, including psychoeducational treatment and early interventions, psychotic disorders, caregivers of dementia patients and bibliotherapy. Pim Cuijpers has published more than 700 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications, including more than 450 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals (more than 130 as first author). According to Thompson Reuters, he is one of the "most influential scientific minds" and was listed in 2014 and 2015 in "top 1% cited scientists in the area of psychiatry and psychology" (http://highlycited.com).


The public health significance of mental disorders is high. Especially depressive and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent, and are associated with considerable loss of quality of life and huge economic costs. Treatments can only reduce the burden of disease of depressive disorders with about one third. A growing number of studies has examined the possibilities to prevent the onset of depressive disorders. In this presentation, an overview of this research field will be given. What exactly is prevention, why is it important, and how can we identify the most optimal target groups for preventive interventions? Furthermore, an overview of the research on preventive interventions will be given. Research in this field suggest that it may be possible to reduce the incidence with about 25%. Finally, a description will be given of the possibilities to apply preventive interventions in routine care, of stepped-care models for prevention, as well as the possibilities of Internet-interventions and psychoeducational prevention in primary care. Finally, limitations of the research that has been conducted, as well as the challenges for future research will be discussed.


[web] Buntrock C, Ebert DD, Lehr D, Smit F, Riper H, Berking M, Cuijpers P. (2016). Effect of a Web-Based Guided Self-help Intervention for Prevention of Major Depression in Adults With Subthreshold Depression. JAMA. 2016;315(17):1854-1863. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4326

[web] Van Zoonen, Kim et al. (2014). Preventing the Onset of Major Depressive Disorder: A Meta-Analytic Review of Psychological Interventions. International Journal of Epidemiology 43.2 (2014): 318–329. PMC.

[web] Cuijpers P, Beekman ATF, Reynolds CF. (2012). Preventing Depression; A Global Priority. Jama. 2012;307(10):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.271.

[PDF] Muñoz RF, Cuijpers P, Smit F, Barrera AZ, Leykin Y. (2010). Prevention of Major Depression. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2010;6:181-212. doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-033109-132040.