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Prof. B.W.J.H. (Brenda) Penninx, PhD

Program Leader Mental Health

Member directive board Amsterdam Public Health

“no health without mental health”

Prof.dr. Brenda Penninx (1970) is professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center. Brenda Penninx works for the department of Psychiatry of the VU University Medical Center and her research group is largely embedded in the Mental Health program of APH.

Brenda Penninx studied Health Sciences at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. She obtained her PhD in Epidemiology at the VU University in 1996. Afterwards she worked in the USA for several years as Visiting Fellow at the American National Institute on aging in Bethesda, MD, and as Assistant/Associate Professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. In 2004 she returned to the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam to become the principal investigator of the NESDA study; the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (www.nesda.nl).

In addition to her leading the NESDA project, she has been involved in several other Dutch and international cohort and intervention studies over the last 20 years. Central themes in her research are understanding psychosocial, somatic and neurobiological risk factors and consequences of depression and anxiety disorders and how to impact on these to improve mental health.  Penninx's research group is well-funded and received several national and  international (EU or NIH) research grants. In her current research group, persons (5 assistant professors, 5 postdocs and >20 PhD students) with diverse backgrounds study the etiology, treatment and consequences of depressive and anxiety disorders from multidisciplinary perspectives. She has published over 750 international articles on these subjects.  In 2016, Brenda Penninx has been elected as member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts (KNAW). 

Contact information

Department of Psychiatry, VU university Medical Center / GGZ inGeest

A.J. Ernststraat 1187, 1081 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands

E-mail: b.penninx@vumc.nl

Phone: (+)31-(0)20-7885674

Fax: (+)31-(0)20-7885664

Secretary Marissa Kok: ma.kok@ggzingeest.nl


Publications of Brenda Penninx in Pubmed.

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