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A.M. Kamperman PhD

Assistant professor

  • Department
  • Psychiatry
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Dr. Astrid Kamperman, assistant professor, has over ten years of working experience as a quantitative researcher at the department of Psychiatry at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Over the years she has been an author of over 50 peer reviewed papers and chapters. As a psychologist and epidemiologist, her experience is centered around the methods and statistics often used in psychiatric epidemiology and clinical psychiatry.

Recently, she added machine learning techniques and big data research to her interests. She applies her skills on topics related to women’s mental health and persons with severe psychiatric disorders. She loves to find the sweet spot between valid methodology and clinically relevant research questions.

Field(s) of expertise

  • Social Psychiatry
  • Public Mental Health
  • Women's Mental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Methodology

Education and career

Astrid Kamperman conducted her PhD research on the prevalence and phenomenology of mental illness in ethnic minorities residing in the Netherlands at the VU university in Amsterdam. She followed up with a post-doc position at the Amsterdam Medical Center, focusing on mental health interventions for refugees and asylum seekers with severe PTSD symptomatology.

Her work at the Erasmus Medical Center focuses on the hurdles that persons with severe mental illness face in life and during treatment, interventions aimed at recovery, and preventing negative treatment outcomes. Additionally, she focuses on the specifics of women's mental health and service provision.


A selection of recent publications;

  • Ruijne RE, Kamperman AM, Trevillion K, Garofalo C, van der Gaag M, Zarchev M,Bogaerts S, Howard LM, Mulder CL. Assessing the Acceptability, Feasibility and Sustainability of an Intervention to Increase Detection of Domestic Violence and Abuse in Patients Suffering From Severe Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study. Front Psychiatry. 2020 Oct 28;11:581031. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.581031. PMID: 33192725; PMCID: PMC7655979.
  • Bais B, Kamperman AM, Bijma HH, Hoogendijk WJ, Souman JL, Knijff E, Lambregtse-van den Berg MP. Effects of bright light therapy for depression during pregnancy: a randomised, double-blind controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2020 Oct 28;10(10):e038030. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038030. PMID: 33115894; PMCID: PMC7594358.
  • Pluijms EM, Kamperman AM, Hoogendijk WJ, Birkenhäger TK, van den Broek WW. Influence of an adjuvant antidepressant on the efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2020 Sep 8:4867420952543. doi: 10.1177/0004867420952543. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32900217.
  • Kamperman AM, Kooiman CG, Lorenzini N, Aleknaviciute J, Allen JG, Fonagy P. Using the attachment network Q-sort for profiling one's attachment style withdifferent attachment-figures. PLoS One. 2020 Sep 3;15(9):e0237576. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0237576. PMID: 32881985; PMCID: PMC7470453.
  • Gilden J, Molenaar NM, Smit AK, Hoogendijk WJG, Rommel AS, Kamperman AM, Bergink V. Mother-to-Infant Bonding in Women with Postpartum Psychosis and Severe Postpartum Depression: A Clinical Cohort Study. J Clin Med. 2020 Jul 19;9(7):2291. doi: 10.3390/jcm9072291. PMID: 32707679; PMCID: PMC7408880.
  • Molenaar NM, Brouwer ME, Burger H, Kamperman AM, Bergink V, Hoogendijk WJG, Williams AD, Bockting CLH, Lambregtse-van den Berg MP. Preventive Cognitive Therapy With Antidepressant Discontinuation During Pregnancy: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2020 Jun 23;81(4):19l13099. doi: 10.4088/JCP.19l13099. PMID: 32603561. 

Highly cited publications:

  • van Diermen L, van den Ameele S, Kamperman AM, Sabbe BCG, Vermeulen T, Schrijvers D, Birkenhäger TK. Prediction of electroconvulsive therapy response and remission in major depression: meta-analysis. Br J Psychiatry. 2018 Feb;212(2):71-80. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2017.28.
  • de Jong MH, Kamperman AM, Oorschot M, Priebe S, Bramer W, van de Sande R, Van Gool AR, Mulder CL. Interventions to Reduce Compulsory Psychiatric Admissions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016 Jul 1;73(7):657-64. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0501. PMID: 27249180
  • Wesseloo R, Kamperman AM, Munk-Olsen T, Pop VJ, Kushner SA, Bergink V. Risk of Postpartum Relapse in Bipolar Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 Feb 1;173(2):117-27. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2015.15010124. Epub 2015 Oct 30. PMID: 26514657.

    Please find a complete overview of publications through ResearchGate

Teaching activities

She teaches design and methodology related subjects to medical students and residents in psychiatry.

Additionally, she supervises PHD theses, as well as MSc and BA-level-theses, on a range of social psychiatric topics, and topics related to women's mental health.

PhD supervision as co-promotor:

  • Asia Ruchlewska, June 11, 2015, The effects of Crisis Plans for Patients with Psychotic and Bipolar disorders
  • Richard Wesseloo, March 21, 2018, Bipolar Spectrum Disorder During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
  • Nina Molenaar, November 21, 2018, Antidepressants in the Perinatal Period: challenging choices in current practice
  • Babette Bais, February 12, 2020, Depression during Pregnancy : light, seasons and sleep


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