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Prof. dr. B.P.R. Gersons

Position
Professor
Main activities
Patient care, Research, Teaching
Specialisation
psychiatry and psychotraumatology
Focus of research

Trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, treatment, disaster

Curriculum Vitae

 

 Berthold Gersons (1945) is a psychiatrist, emeritus distinguished AMC-professor and professor of psychiatry at the Academical Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, and senior scientific advisor, Arq Psychotrauma Expert Groep / Centrum ’45, Diemen, The Netherlands. In 1980 he started research on trauma and PTSD in the police force and he established the first self-help-team in Dutch police force. He developed the Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD (BEPP) protocol and showed the effectiveness in RCT’s. He was advisor for the Dutch Government after major disasters like the El Al air crash in 1992 and the Enschede firework disaster in 2000. He was a boardmember of the Dutch Veterans Institute and he made a blueprint for mental health in the military on behalf of the Secretary of Defence. He is advisor to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism for politicians under threat. Other positions has been: member of the editorial board of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, of the Board of the ISTSS and ESTSS. He has been president of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and founder and president of the Dutch Language Oriented Society for Psychotrauma. He published over 200 papers in scientific journals and books and has lectured around 500 in his home country and in various countries all over the world.

Other research related activities
  • Senior Scientific Advisor Center 45 Arq, For treatment of victims of war, violence, refugees, veterans
  • Board of directors / Trustees / Supervisory board, Dutch Veterns Institute
  • Membership of advisory board / Consultant, IMPACT Dutch Expert Center on Psychosocial Careafter Disasters
  • Membership of medical or scientific committee, GR (GezondheidsRaad, Dutch Health Council)
  • Board of directors / Trustees / Supervisory board, Dutch Language oriented Society for Psychotrauma
  • Membership of medical or scientific committee, European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Membership of medical or scientific committee, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Membership of advisory board / Consultant, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism