• Female

A.B. Witteveen PhD

Position: Postdoc
Main activities: Patient care, Research
Specialisation: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Focus of research:

The main aim of my research is to explore the effects of psychological and pharmacological interventions on trauma-related disorders like PTSD. I am currently involved in an RCT on the effects Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus medication (SSRI, paroxetine) for PTSD. Current pilot-studies concern biofeedback addition to exposure therapy in PTSD and the administration of hydrocortisone for PTSD-patients. In my research activities, I am also interested in psychobiological and neuroendocrine aspects of stress and stress-related disorders like PTSD as well as its epidemiology. Previously, I have been coordinating an EU-funded project to improve psychosocial care after trauma and disaster Europe-wide.

AMC themes: Neurological & Psychiatric Disorders
Departments: Psychiatry: Adult Psychiatry
Delahaye LJMJ, Drukker CA, Dreezen C, Witteveen A, Chan B, Snel M, Beumer IJ, Bernards R, Audeh MW, van't Veer LJ, Glas AM, A breast cancer gene signature for indolent disease. BREAST CANCER RES TR 2017;164 (2):461-466 [PubMed]
Dückers MLA, Witteveen AB, Bisson JI, Olff M, The Association Between Disaster Vulnerability and Post-disaster Psychosocial Service Delivery Across Europe. ADM POLICY MENT HLTH 2017;44 (4):470-479 [PubMed]
Rosaura Polak A, Witteveen AB, Denys D, Olff M, Breathing biofeedback as an adjunct to exposure in cognitive behavioral therapy hastens the reduction of PTSD symptoms: a pilot study. APPL PSYCHOPHYS BIOF 2015;40 (1):25-31 [PubMed]
Olff M, Polak AR, Witteveen AB, Denys D, Executive function in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the influence of comorbid depression. NEUROBIOL LEARN MEM 2014;112:114-121 [PubMed]
Polak AR, Witteveen AB, Mantione M, Figee M, de Koning P, Olff M, van den Munckhof P, Schuurman PR, Denys D, Deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder affects language: a case report. NEUROSURGERY 2013;73 (5):E907-10; discussion E910 [PubMed]
Pearce J, Jones C, Morrison S, Olff M, van Buschbach S, Witteveen AB, Williams R, Orengo-García F, Ajdukovic D, Aker AT, Nordanger D, Lueger-Schuster B, Bisson JI, Using a delphi process to develop an effective train-the-trainers program to train health and social care professionals throughout Europe. J TRAUMA STRESS 2012;25 (3):337-343 [PubMed]
Polak AR, Witteveen AB, Reitsma JB, Olff M, The role of executive function in posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review. J AFFECT DISORDERS 2012;141 (1):11-21 [PubMed]
Polak AR, Witteveen AB, Visser RS, Opmeer BC, Vulink N, Figee M, Denys D, Olff M, Comparison of the effectiveness of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and paroxetine treatment in PTSD patients: design of a randomized controlled trial. BMC PSYCHIATRY 2012;12 (1):166 [PubMed]
Quidé Y, Witteveen AB, El-Hage W, Veltman DJ, Olff M, Differences between effects of psychological versus pharmacological treatments on functional and morphological brain alterations in anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder: A systematic review. NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV R 2012;36 (1):626-644 [PubMed]
Witteveen AB, Bisson JI, Ajdukovic D, Arnberg FK, Bergh Johannesson K, Bolding HB, Elklit A, Jehel L, Johansen VA, Lis-Turlejska M, Nordanger DO, Orengo-García F, Polak AR, Punamaki RL, Schnyder U, Wittmann L, Olff M, Post-disaster psychosocial services across Europe: The TENTS project. SOC SCI MED 2012;75 (9):1708-1714 [PubMed]
Bisson JI, Tavakoly B, Witteveen AB, Ajdukovic D, Jehel L, Johansen VJ, Nordanger D, Orengo Garcia F, Punamaki RL, Schnyder U, Sezgin AU, Wittmann L, Olff M, TENTS guidelines: development of post-disaster psychosocial care guidelines through a Delphi process. BRIT J PSYCHIAT 2010;196 (1):69-74 [PubMed]
Olff M, Langeland W, Witteveen A, Denys D, A Psychobiological Rationale for Oxytocin in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. CNS SPECTRUMS 2010;15 (8):522-530 [PubMed]
Witteveen AB, Bisson JI, Ajdukovic D, Bergh-Johannesson K, Gurris N, Johansen V, Nordanger D, Garcia FO, Punamaki RL, Sezgin AU, Elklit A, Freeman C, Jehel L, Lis-Turlejska M, Schnyder U, Lueger-Schuster B, Wittmann L, Olff M, The European Network for Traumatic Stress (TENTS). TRAUMATIC STRESS POINTS 2010;24:7-8
Witteveen AB, Huizink AC, Slottje P, Bramsen I, Smid T, van der Ploeg HM, Associations of cortisol with posttraumatic stress symptoms and negative life events: A study of police officers and firefighters. PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINO 2010;35 (7):1113-1118 [PubMed]
Slottje P, Smidt N, Twisk JWR, Huizink AC, Witteveen AB, van Mechelen W, Smid T, Use of health care and drugs by police officers 8.5 years after the air disaster in Amsterdam. EUR J PUBLIC HEALTH 2008;18 (1):92-94 [PubMed]
Slottje P, Witteveen AB, Twisk JWR, Smidt N, Huizink AC, van Mechelen W, Smid T, Post-disaster physical symptoms of firefighters and police officers: role of types of exposure and post-traumatic stress symptoms. BRIT J HEALTH PSYCH 2008;13 (Part 2):327-342 [PubMed]
Slottje P, Slottje PL, Twisk JWR, Smidt N, Huizink AC, Witteveen AB, van Mechelen W, Smid T, Health-related quality of life of firefighters and police officers 8.5 years after the air disaster in Amsterdam. QUAL LIFE RES 2007;16 (2):239-252 [PubMed]
Slottje P, Twisk JWR, Smidt N, Huizink AC, Witteveen AB, van Mechelen W, Smid T, Health-related quality of life of firefighters and police officers 8.5 years after the air disaster in Amsterdam (vol 16, pg 239, 2007). QUAL LIFE RES 2007;16 (5):909
Witteveen AB, Bramsen I, Twisk JWR, Huizink AC, Slottje P, Smid T, van der Ploeg HM, Psychological distress of rescue workers eight and one-half years after professional involvement in the Amsterdam air disaster. J NERV MENT DIS 2007;195 (1):31-40 [PubMed]
Huizink AC, Slottje P, Witteveen AB , Bijlsma JA , Twisk JWR, Smidt N, Bramsen I, van Mechelen W, van der Ploeg HM, Bouter LM, Smid T, Long term health complaints following the Amsterdam Air Disaster in police officers and fire-fighters. OCCUP ENVIRON MED 2006;63 (10):657-662 [PubMed]
Slottje P, Smidt N, Twisk JWR, Huizink AC, Witteveen AB, van Mechelen W, Smid T, Attribution of physical complaints to the air disaster in Amsterdam by exposed rescue workers: an epidemiological study using historic cohorts. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2006;6:142 [PubMed]
Witteveen AB, van der Ploeg E, Bramsen I, Huizink AC, Slottje P, Smid T, van der Ploeg HM, Dimensionality of the posttraumatic stress response among police officers and fire fighters: an evaluation of two self-report scales. PSYCHIAT RES 2006;141 (2):213-228 [PubMed]
Slottje P, Bijlsma JA, Smidt N, Twisk JWR, Huizink AC, Lems WF, van Hoogstraten I, Witteveen AB, van Mechelen W, Smid T, Epidemiologic study of the autoimmune health effects of a cargo aircraft disaster. ARCH INTERN MED 2005;165 (19):2278-2285 [PubMed]
Slottje P, Huizink AC, Twisk JWR, Witteveen AB, van der Ploeg HM, Bramsen I, Smidt N, Bijlsma JA, Bouter LM, van Mechelen W, Smid T, Epidemiological study air disaster in Amsterdam (ESADA): study design. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2005;5:54 [PubMed]
Witteveen AB, Bramsen I, Hovens JE, van der Ploeg HM, Utility of the impact of event scale in screening for posttraumatic stress disorder. PSYCHOL REP 2005;97 (1):297-308 [PubMed]
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  • Teacher and researcher Academy for Midwifes Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center
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