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Edwin de Beurs

Professor Clinical Psychology

Prof.dr. E. de Beurs
+31 71 527 7974

Short CV

Edwin de Beurs studied clinical psychology at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PhD in 1993 on "The assessment and treatment of panic disorder with agoraphobia". He worked three years as a visiting assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; from 1997 to 2001 as a assistant professor in the Psychiatry department of the VU University, Amsterdam; from 2001 to 2006 he worked as associate professor in the psychiatry department of the LUMC He left the university in 2006 to work from 2006 to 2010 as director of research and development at the Netherlands Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (better known as the Pieter Baan Center). From 2010 to 2018 he worked as head of scientific research at Stichting Benchmark GGZ (SBG). Since 2018 he has been working as a senior researcher at the GGZ institution Arkin in Amsterdam. In 2015 he returned to the university as a professor at the Clinical Psychology section of Leiden University. The chair is sponsored by the Arkin GGZ Foundation.


My research focuses on methods to stimulate quality development in mental health care. An important element is Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) to support treatment in mental health care. ROM routinely monitors the patient's condition during the course of treatment with self-report questionnaires or rating scales. Feedback of ROM data grants more control to the patient over the treatment. Decisions about choosing the most appropriate treatment and upscaling, scaling down, changing or termination of treatment are made conjointly with the therapist. This will increase the patient's confidence in decision making and the treatment. My main research topics are (1) how we can improve the efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency of mental health care with ROM and (2) how aggregated ROM data can support the best quality policy. Secondary questions concern the development of new measurement instruments and alternative ways to obtain data on how patients fare during treatment.


Co-writer on several grants: Anxiety in the elderly, Anxiety disorders and alcoholism, Pathological Gambling, Dissociation and directed forgetting, ROM in Primary Care, Outcoms research in Anxiety and Depression (part of NESDA), Outcomes research in Forensic Treatment, Evaluation of PIJ-advising in Forensic Assessment of Youths


Registered as GZ-Psycholoog

Relevant links

Inaugural lecture

ROM and Benchmarking on 27-11-2015

PhD candidates

Gerard Flens, 2013, Leiden University, Computer Adaptive Testing of Depression and Anxiety

Professor Clinical Psychology

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Klinische Psychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B27




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