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Claudi Bockting, PhD

Visiting Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

Claudi Bockting, PhD, is a visiting professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Mental Health for all lab, Harvard Medical School and a professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Amsterdam University Medical Centers and a (co)director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Mental Health of the University of Amsterdam. She also works as a clinician (clinical psychologist) at the Psychiatry Department.

Her research program focuses on improving mental health outcomes (such as depression and anxiety), mostly interdisciplinary, including psychological interventions and co-creation with the community. She studies potentially modifiable factors of onset, maintenance, recurrence, and chronicity of common mental health conditions. As a former fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the UvA she studied the use of complexity models to explore new targets for prevention, treatment, and relapse prevention of mental disorders. Additionally, as a former fellow at the World Health Organization (WHO), she studied the possibilities of using technology and the community to increase the accessibility of effective psychological interventions worldwide.

Her research program specifically focuses on the following issues: 1) Understanding etiological and maintenance factors in depression and related common mental health disorders using a complex systems approach. 2) Developing innovative multimodal psychological interventions (e.g. target social connection combined with technological devices, but also community interventions) and evaluating the effect in RCT’s and micro RCT’s (using ecological momentary assessment and affective networks). 3) Increasing accessibility of effective psychological interventions in low- and middle income countries using technology and/or non-specialists.

Bockting, C. L., van Dis, E. A. M., van Rooij, R., Zuidema, W., & Bollen, J. (2023). Living guidelines for generative AI — why scientists must oversee its use. Nature, 622, 693-696.

van Dis, E. A. M., Bollen, J., Zuidema, W., van Rooij, R., & Bockting, C. L. (2023). ChatGPT: five priorities for research. Nature, 614(7947), 224–226. 00288-7.

Breedvelt J. J. F., Warren F. C., Segal Z., Kuyken W., Bockting C. L. Continuation of An Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis of Psychological Interventions for Preventing Depressive Relapse: Nature Mental Health. In press.

Breedvelt J. J. F., Warren F. C., Segal Z., Kuyken W., Bockting C. L. Continuation of Antidepressants vs Sequential Psychological Interventions to Prevent Relapse in Depression: An Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 19, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0823.

Breedvelt, J. J., Tiemeier, H., Sharples, E., Galea, S., Niedzwiedz, C., Elliott, I., & Bockting, C. L. (2022). The effects of neighbourhood social cohesion on preventing depression and anxiety among adolescents and young adults: rapid review. BJPsych Open, 8(4). doi:10.1192/bjo.2022.57.

van der Wal, J. M., van Borkulo, C. D., Deserno, M. K., Breedvelt, J. J. F., Lees, M., Lokman, J. C., Borsboom, D., Denys, D., van Holst, R. J., Smidt, M. P., Stronks, K., Lucassen, P. J., van Weert, J. C. M., Sloot, P. M. A., Bockting*, C. L., & Wiers, R. W. *(2021). Advancing urban mental health research: from complexity science to actionable targets for intervention. In Lancet Psychiatry (Vol. 8, Issue 11, pp. 991–1000). doi:10.1016/s2215-0366(21)00047-x * shared senior authorship.

Fu, Z., Burger, H., Arjadi, R., & Bockting, C. L. (2020). Effectiveness of digital psychological interventions for mental health problems in low-income and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Psychiatry. 7(10), 851-864. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30256-X

Van der Wal, J. M., Arjadi, R., Nauta, M. H., Burger, H., & Bockting, C. L. (2020). Guided internet interventions for depression: Impact of sociodemographic factors on treatment outcome in Indonesia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 103589. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2020.103589.

Brouwer, M. E., Williams, A. D., Kennis, M., Fu, Z., Klein, N. S., Cuijpers, P., & Bockting, C. L. (2019). Psychological theories of depressive relapse and recurrence: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 74, 101773. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101773

Kennis, M., Gerritsen, L., van Dalen, M., Williams, A., Cuijpers, P., & Bockting, C. L. (2020). Prospective biomarkers of major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Molecular Psychiatry, 25(2), 321-338. doi:10.1038/s41380-019-0585-z

Siegle, G. J., Cramer, A. O. J., van Eck, N. J., Spinhoven, P., Hollon, S. D., Ormel, J., . . . Bockting, C. L. (2019). Where are the breaks in translation from theory to clinical practice (and back) in addressing depression? An empirical graph-theoretic approach. Psychological Medicine, 49(16), 2681-2691. doi:10.1017/s003329171800363x

Arjadi, R., Nauta, M. H., Scholte, W. F., Hollon, S. D., Chowdhary, N., Suryani, A. O., . . . Bockting, C. L. (2018). Internet-based behavioural activation with lay counsellor support versus online minimal psychoeducation without support for treatment of depression: A randomised controlled trial in Indonesia. Lancet Psychiatry, 5(9), 707-716. doi:10.1016/s2215-0366(18)30223-2.

Arjadi, R., Nauta, M. H., & Bockting, C. L. (2018). Acceptability of interventions for depression in Indonesia. Internet Interventions, 13, 8-15. doi:10.1016/j.invent.2018.04.004

Arjadi, R., Nauta, M. H., Suryani, A. O., & Bockting, C. L. (2018). Guided act and feel Indonesia – Internet-based behavioral activation intervention for depression in Indonesia: A systematic cultural adaptation. Makara Human Behavior Studies in Asia, 22(1), 3-11. doi:10.7454/