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Aartjan TF Beekman MD PhD

Program leader Mental Health

Prof dr Aartjan TF Beekman is psychiatrist and head of the department of Psychiatry at Amsterdam UMC (VUmc). He is also member of the board of directors of GGZinGeest, a specialised mental health institution closely allied with Amsterdam UMC.

Aartjan Beekman studied Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit and finished his Psychiatry specialty training  in 1991. He did specialty rotations on acute and emergency psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry during his training.

He completed his PhD (cum laude) in 1996 with a thesis titled “depression in later life: studies in the community” and was also registered as epidemiologist B while doing the PhD.  During this time his clinical work focused on acute and emergency psychiatry. He then went on as deputy (5 years) and director (5 years) of the residency programme for Psychiatry at VUmc GGZinGeest.

In 2003 he was awarded a chair in Psychiatric Epidemiology at VUmc and in 2007 he became head of the department of Psychiatry VUmc and member of the board for GGZinGeest.

Over the years he fulfilled many positions in the Netherlands Psychiatric Association serving as its president between 2012 and 1016.

He has (co)authored over 600 publications and supervised more than  60 succesful PhD’s.

Contact information

Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc and GGZ inGeest 
Oldenaller 1, 1081 HJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

T: +31 (0)20 7884535 

E: a.beekman@ggzingeest.nl

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