Brenda Penninx


Focus of research

Brenda Penninx, PhD, is professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the department of Psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc) in Amsterdam ( Since 2004 she leads the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA:, a longitudinal study of the course and consequences of depressive and anxiety disorders. Prof. Penninx is currently also involved in several other (national and EU-funded) mental health cohort and intervention studies. 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.