Research: Ongoing complexity projects


Understanding onset, recurrence and chronicity of common mental health disorders

As a professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Claudi Bocktings research program focuses on common mental health disorders (such as depression). She is director of the Urban Mental Health research prioirty area at the University of Amsterdam, together with prof. Reinout Wiers.

She studies potentially modifiable etiological factors of onset, recurrence and chronicity using an interdisciplinary complexity approach. As a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (UvA-IAS) she studied the use of complexity models in order to explore new targets for prevention, treatment and relapse prevention of mental disorders. She chairs the new Reseach Priority Area on Urban Mental Healh together with prof. Wiers (UvA-FMG faculty) that is awarded by the University of Amsterdam for the coming 5-10 years. Additionaly, as a fellow at the World Health Organization (WHO), she studied the possibilities of using technology to increase the accessibility of effective psychological interventions worldwide. Besides, she works as a clinical psychologist at the Psychiatry Department of UvA-AMC.

Claudi Bocktings research program focuses on the following issues:

  • Understanding etiological and maintenance factors in depression and related common mental health disorders using a complex systems approach.

  • Developing innovative multimodal psychological interventions (i.e. combined with technological devices and pharmacological treatments) and evaluating the effect in RCT’s and micro RCT’s (using ecological momentary assessment and affective networks).

  • Increasing accessibility of effective psychological interventions in low and middle income countries using technology.

For ongoing complexity projects with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), see the IAS website.

Snippet of interview with Mental Elf on mental health and interdisciplinarity.



Selected publications:

Brouwer, M.E., Williams, A.D., Kennis, M., Zhongfang, F., Klein, N.S., Cuijpers, P., Bockting, C.L.H. (in press). Psychological theories of depressive relapse and recurrence: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Clinical Psychology Review, in press.

Kennis, M., Gerritsen, L., Van Dalen, M., Williams, A., Cuijpers, P., Bockting, C.L.H. (in press). Prospective biomarkers of Major Depressive Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Molecular Psychiatry, in press.

Bockting, C.L.H., Klein, N. S., Elgersma, H. J., van Rijsbergen, G. D., Slofstra, C., Ormel, J., Buskens, E., Dekker, J., de Jong, P. J., Nolen, W. A., Schene, A. H., Hollon, S. D., Burger, H. (2018). Effectiveness of preventive cognitive therapy while tapering antidepressants compared with maintenance antidepressant treatment and their combination in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (DRD study): a three-arm randomised controlled trial. Lancet Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30100-7

Siegle, G.J., Cramer, A. O.J., van Eck, N.J., Spinhoven, P., Hollon, S.D., Ormel, J., Strege, M., Bockting, C.L.H. Where are the breaks in translation from theory to clinical practice (and back) in addressing depression? An empirical graph-theoretic approach. Psychological Medicine, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S003329171800363X [Epub ahead of print]

Arjadi, R., Nauta, M. H., Scholte, W. F., Hollon, S. D., Chowdhary, N., Suryani, A. O., Uiterwaal, S. P. M., Bockting, C.L.H. (2018). Internet-based behavioural activation for depression with lay counsellor support: a randomised clinical trial in Indonesia. Lancet Psychiatry. pii: S2215-0366(18)30223-2. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30223-2


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As a lecturer, Claudi Bockting has experience with curriculum development at all levels: undergraduate, graduate, PhD, and post-doctoral.

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Clinical psychologist


Claudi Bockting is a registered clinical psychologist, CBT supervisor, Psychotherapist and Health Psychologist.