Dr. Mirjam J. Nijdam

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Mirjam J. Nijdam is a licensed psychologist and head of the research line “Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD” at Foundation Centrum ’45, part of Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, The Netherlands. For her research, she is also affiliated with the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam. One of her passions is conducting research with direct relevance for clinical practice. She currently supervises researchers who investigate the efficacy of innovative interventions and digital applications for trauma treatment. In her clinical position, she provides treatment for police officers, veterans, and refugees.

From 2003-2014 she worked at the Department of Psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam and completed her PhD, a postdoc position and her clinical training there. For her PhD, she conducted a randomized controlled trial that compared the efficacy of two psychotherapeutic methods for posttraumatic stress disorder, Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy (BEPP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). As a postdoc, she investigated the role of sleep in emotional memory processing and neurocognitive functioning in posttraumatic stress disorder, in collaboration with the Brain and Cognition group of the University of Amsterdam. Mirjam has been working on several research projects in the past, including the project “Psychosocial effects of threat and protection” commissioned by the Dutch Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Safety. Since 2008, she is a trainer and supervisor in BEPP. She has written over 20 scientific publications and book chapters and is directing a workgroup of young researchers in the trauma field for the Dutch speaking Society for Psychotrauma. Mirjam is the recipient of the 2013 Francine Shapiro Award of the EMDR Europe Association and the 2015 Young Minds in Psychotraumatology Award of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Key publications

Nijdam, M.J., de Vries, G.J., Gersons, B.P.R., Olff, M. (2015). Response to psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: the role of pre-treatment verbal memory performance. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76, e1023-1028.

Nijdam, M.J., Wittmann, L. (2015). Psychological and sociological theories of PTSD. In U. Schnyder, M. Cloitre (Eds.), Evidence Based Treatment for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders. Springer.

Gersons, B.P.R., Meewisse, M.L., Nijdam, M.J. (2015). Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD. In U. Schnyder, M. Cloitre (Eds.), Evidence Based Treatment for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders. Springer.

Nijdam, M.J., Baas, M.A.M., Olff, M., Gersons, B.P.R. (2013). Hotspots in trauma memories and their relationship to successful trauma-focused psychotherapy: A pilot study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(1), 38-44.

Nijdam, M.J., Gersons, B.P.R., Reitsma, J.B., de Jongh, A., Olff, M. (2012). Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy v. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder: Randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 200, 224-231.

Nijdam, M.J., Gersons, B.P.R., Olff, M. (2010). Dutch politicians’ coping with terrorist threat. British Journal of Psychiatry, 197(4), 328-329.

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