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prof. dr. C.M. van der Feltz-Cornelis

Full Professor 

TS Social and Behavioral Sciences
Tranzo, Scientific center for care and welfare

Projects

Christinas projects include the first trials to date of psychiatric consultation and collaborative care in the Netherlands, for Medically Unexplained Symptoms (the widely cited POCO trial, which formed the evidential base for recommendations in the Multidisciplinary Guideline for MUS and somatoform disorder in 2011, and for the guideline for psychiatric consultation), depressive disorder (The CC:DIP trial, performed in primary care, which showed high efficacy compared to usual care and provided the evidential base for recommendations in the update of the NHG-wide depression standard recommendations; the CC:DOC trial performed in occupational care, which received an editorial in the British Journal of Psychiatry; and the CC:DIM trial, an innovative collaborative care model performed in the general hospital setting) and anxiety disorders (The CC:PAD trial funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) showing the efficacy of a stepped collaborative care approach compared to usual care). She did elaborate on CC:DOC by the ECO trial, funded by ZonMw, showing the efficacy of a blended eHealth intervention combined with collaborative care aimed at Return To Work in depressive disorder. Her work on collaborative care for anxiety disorders and on blended eHealth for sick listed employees has been cited as cost-effective and of high societal value. 

Expertise

Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis holds an endowed Chair for GGz Breburg as full Professor of Social Psychiatry at Tranzo, Tilburg University since 2010. She founded and directs the Clinical Centre of excellence for Body Mind and Health (CLGG) at GGz Breburg that under her leadership obtained the award of clinical excellence from the Foundation TOPGGz in 2014. Christina is a recognized mental health researcher who combines research with clinical work, management and teaching. She was awarded the distinction International Fellow at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in recognition of significant contributions to Psychiatry (2013). Her research draws on her clinical background; she was awarded a Cum Laude at her MD graduation at the School of Medicine Amsterdam in 1988 and combines clinical work and academics since her graduation. She registered as psychiatrist in 1992 and as an epidemiologist in 1996. She completed her doctorate (MD/PhD 2002) on Psychiatric consultation for patients with somatoform disorder in general practice in the EMGO+ Instituut at VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam. As a psychiatrist and epidemiologist, Christina takes a population approach to mental health, and conducts large epidemiological studies, clinical trials and reviews of trials to promote effective, efficient and equitable mental health services. Her work focuses on common mental disorders such as medically unexplained symptoms, depression and anxiety, and the promotion of mental and physical health amongst those with combined chronic medical conditions and mental disorders, such as, for example, diabetes and depression.

 

Christina did collaborate in several EU funded research projects aimed at suicide prevention, the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) and Optimizing Suicide Prevention programs and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI). People at risk for suicide often do not enter specialist health care which provides a challenge in view of rising suicide numbers and Christina?s work seeks to reduce this. She did obtain funding by ZonMw and leads a regional suicide prevention project in Noord Brabant, Suicide Prevention by Monitoring and Collaborative Care (SuPreMoCol), the results of which are expected in 2020. Her work has been reported in newspapers, radio and television as well as websites covering interviews, columns and news.

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Principal publications

  • Leonhart R, de Vroege L, Zhang L, Liu Y, Dong Z, Schaefert R, Nolte S, Fischer F, Fritzsche K, van der Feltz-Cornelis CM. Comparison of the Factor Structure of the Patient Health Questionnaire for Somatic Symptoms (PHQ-15) in Germany, the Netherlands, and China. A Transcultural Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) Study. Front Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 26;9:240. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00240. eCollection 2018.   
  • Volker D, Zijlstra-Vlasveld MC, Anema JR, Beekman AT, Brouwers EP, Emons WH, van Lomwel AG, van der Feltz-Cornelis CM. Effectiveness of a blended web-based intervention on return to work for sick-listed employees with common mental disorders: results of a cluster randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2015 May 13;17(5):e116. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4097.
  • Henningsen P, Gündel H, Kop WJ, Löwe B, Martin A, Rief W, Rosmalen JGM, Schröder A, van der Feltz-Cornelis C, Van den Bergh O; EURONET-SOMA Group. Persistent Physical Symptoms as Perceptual Dysregulation: A Neuropsychobehavioral Model and Its Clinical Implications. Psychosom Med. 2018 Jun;80(5):422-431. doi:10.1097 /PSY.0000000000000588.   
  • van der Feltz-Cornelis CM, Elfeddali I, Werneke U, Malt UF, Van den Bergh O, Schaefert R, Kop WJ, Lobo A, Sharpe M, Söllner W, Löwe B. A European Research Agenda for Somatic Symptom Disorders, Bodily Distress Disorders, and Functional Disorders: Results of an Estimate-Talk-Estimate Delphi Expert Study. Front Psychiatry. 2018 May 14;9:151. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00151. eCollection 2018. 
  • de Heer EW, Dekker J, Beekman ATF, van Marwijk HWJ, Holwerda TJ, Bet PM, Roth J, Timmerman L, van der Feltz-Cornelis CM. Comparative Effect of Collaborative Care, Pain Medication, and Duloxetine in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and Comorbid (Sub)Chronic Pain: Results of an Exploratory Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Trial (CC:PAINDIP). Front Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 5;9:118. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00118. eCollection 2018.   

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Last amended: 11 October 2018