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Child psychiatry

Through its research activities, the department of Child psychiatry helps improve the mental health of children and adolescents, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

About our Department

Our research

Background information

We study the frequency, determinants and course of child psychiatric disorders, such as:

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Somatoform disorders.
  • Aggressive and antisocial behaviors.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Developmental problems.

Psychopathology in the general population, in at risk populations, and in clinical samples is studied with epidemiological methods.The key objectives are:

  1. Develop and test assessment instruments and diagnostic procedures.
  2. Assess the prevalence and incidence of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.
  3. Study the onset and course of psychopathology from infancy into adulthood.
  4. Determine the role of etiological factors using longitudinal research designs. 

Overall aim

With our research, teaching and clinical activities, we aim to influence child and adolescent psychiatric health, policy and practice. The introduction of standardized assessment procedures in the Netherlands and Belgium has been major influencing factor.
The core aim of our research activities is to advance scientific knowledge for the benefit of children and families.

Research focus areas

  • Long-term follow-up of emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Autism spectrum disorders.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Affective disorders.
  • Psychopharmacology.
  • Hereditary neurocognitive developmental disorders.
  • Pediatric psychology.
  • Neuro-imaging & neurodevelopment.
  • Psychiatric epidemiology.
  • Craniofacial malformations.

Research lines


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Child Brain Lab

The Child Brain Lab is a testing facility for brain development and brain function of children with neurological or psychiatric disorders or disorders of head and senses. Data are used to facilitate clinical care and to establish developmental growth curves, thereby providing a solid infrastructure for evaluating new techniques and interventions. The Child Brain Lab is the linking pin between value-based health Care and scientific research.


Fragile X syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is the leading monogenic cause of intellectual disability and autism.


Reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in young patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in order to improve quality of life and the clinical course of disease.

Juvenile Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus of the vulva (VLS) is a chronic skin condition affecting women of all ages. Major symptoms are pain, pruritus and permanent loss of the architecture of the labia.

PEPaNIC follow-up

Children’s long-term neuropsychological outcome after caloric restriction during the first week of critical illness.

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PICASsO study

We address three questions: How are children with intestinal failure dependent on parenteral nutrition? How are their parents coping? How can we help them?


Virtual reality before day care surgery in children (VR)

We have developed a virtual reality exposure tool and are researching its effectiveness on anxiety and pain reduction in children undergoing elective day care surgery.

YP Face IT

YP Face IT

YP Face IT is an online psychotherapeutic intervention aimed at Dutch adolescents with a visible difference.

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