Academic research and education at VU University is characterised by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communications and ideas.
The Department of Clinical Psychology is embedded in the Institute for Health Research and Care. With more than 150 papers in international scientific journals per year the department is one of the leading research groups worldwide in psychotherapies on depression and other common mental disorders. It is specialized in randomized trials and meta-analyses of psychotherapy for common mental disorders, e-mental health, low-intensity interventions for common mental disorders in primary care, and prevention of depressive disorders. It has developed, evaluated (clinical and cost-effectiveness studies) and implemented face-to face and online low-intensity interventions for common mental. The department has built a strong network of partnerships around the world with researchers from the US, Europe, Australia, and China as well as collaborations with internationally renowned organizations like the WHO.