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How to find us prof. dr. R.A. (Robert) Schoevers
University Medical Center Groningen

prof. dr. R.A. Schoevers

Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Department Psychiatry UMCG
prof. dr. R.A. Schoevers

1b        Education/training  

University Medical Center Amsterdam

VU University Medical Center Amsterdam

VU University Medical Center Amsterdam











Doctorate/PhD (‘promotie’)

The epidemiology of late-life depression; longitudinal findings from the Amsterdam Study of the Elderly’ (AMSTEL). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam july 2005 (Cum Laude)



1997 - Board Certified Psychiatrist

2007 – Epidemiologist B


Positions and Honors

  • Positions and employment (last 10 years)

  1. 2008-2010             Head of Research & Education at Mentrum (Arkin) Amsterdam

2010-present        Professor and Head of Dept. Psychiatry, University Medical Center Groningen

2015-present        Director Research School Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) University of Groningen

2014-present        Visiting Professor TianJin Medical University Anding Teaching Hospital, TianJin, China.

  1. Other relevant experience and professional memberships

2008-2011             Chair Scientific Committee of the Netherlands Psychiatric Association

2011-present         UMCG Co- PI and steering board Netherlands Study Depression and Anxiety (NESDA)

2013-present         Advisor National Depression Patient Association Scientific Board

2013-present         Global Consortium on Depression Prevention

2015-present        European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)

Collaborations & exchanges

2014-present     TianJin Medical University Anding Teaching Hospital, TianJin, China

2017-present     Virginia Commonwealth University USA, Dept. Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetics, prof Kenneth Kendler

III. Honors and awards

2005                            PhD Thesis awarded Cum Laude, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

2007                            Ramaer Medal Nominee for best biannual psychiatry thesis, Netherlands Psychiatric Association

2008                            Awarded best national psychiatry residency program (Arkin Amsterdam), Netherlands Psychiatric Associat.

2009                            Awarded best national psychiatry residency program (Arkin Amsterdam), Netherlands Psychiatric Associat.

2015                            Awarded best national psychiatry residency program (UMCG Groningen), Netherlands Psychiatric Associat.

2015                            Cum Laude PhD Hanna van Loo, best thesis Groningen University, Ramaer award bi-annual best thesis Netherlands Psychiatric Association

2017                            Cum Laude PhD Claudia van Borkulo


Brief summary of research last five years

My research focuses on the epidemiology, underlying mechanisms, treatment and prevention of mood disorders. I work on epidemiological studies such as NESDA ( ), TRAILS ( and LIFELINES ( as well as clinical studies to examine underlying disease mechanisms and develop more effective personalized treatments. Our lab ( develops new diagnostic and treatment tools using multiple repeated assessments of mood and physiological parameters (eg HPA axis, autonomic nervous system). Combining data from our large clinical and epidemiological databases we use data driven approaches to predict disease course based on individual patient characteristics. We collaborate with all major mental health providers in Northern Netherlands in a clinical, teaching and research network covering 3 million inhabitants ( We train professionals, exchange knowledge and offer consultation and tertiary treatment to complex patients, but also implement the results of clinical research into regular mental health care. I obtained grants from research organisations, mental health care providers and insurance companies to differentiate individual patient profiles using recently developed strategies (e.g. staging and profiling) and predict health care provision and outcome in a Northern Netherlands joint effort. Since 2014 I have been promotor of 8 succesfully completed PhD trajectories, and 14 PhD projects are now under way. Over the years I made a number of videos and documentaries for a broad audience on medical topics (dementia, stroke, psychiatric illnesses). I iniated and co-directed a series of ten TV programs informing the general public on mental disorders (‘Doe even Normaal’) that were broadcast in 2014 ( Together with Selma Parmentier, a writer who has had severe depressions, we published the book ‘Diagnosis Depression’ that provides both patient and clinician perspective on this disorder for a lay audience ( In 2018 I will be active in a range of TV programs, radio interviews and newspaper articles on (treatment of) MDD.

Last modified:24 April 2018 4.59 p.m.

Contact information

Antonius Deusinglaan 1
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands

Dept of Psychiatry University Medical Center Groningen (Universitair Centrum Psychiatry)

Room 4.16

Research school of Behaviour and Cognitive Neuroscience