Paul Emmelkamp

Paul Emmelkamp
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

01/09/2021 - 30/06/2022


Psychologie, psychiatrie et psychanalyse

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

University of Amsterdam

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Cross-cultural factors, psychotherapy and post-traumatic stress in refugees

Nearly one out of three refugees suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and many of these individuals also have co-morbid mental disorders including depression and anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorder and personality disorder. Given the high prevalence of post-traumatic stress and other mental disorders including suicide ideation and suicide attempts in refugees, there is a clear need of investigating effective treatments for the mental health of this population. A number of therapies (e.g. trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy) are effective for reducing clinician-rated post-traumatic stress disorder in Western countries, but whether these treatments are equally effective in people from other cultures has hardly been investigated.

This research project at the Paris IAS consists of in-depth systematic research of studies into cross-cultural factors with respect to psychopathology (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders) and psychotherapy including studies into culture-sensitive measures to assess these disorders. Further, studies into psychotherapy in non-western populations and in refugees are critically reviewed.


Paul M.G. Emmelkamp is a licensed psychotherapist and clinical psychologist and was appointed in 1996 as full professor of clinical psychology at the University of Amsterdam. He attended Utrecht University where he received his PhD in 1975. Before moving to Amsterdam he held positions at the University of Groningen, where he was appointed as full professor in Clinical Psychology in 1986. Paul Emmelkamp has contributed to a number of areas in clinical psychology, psychopathology and psychiatry. He has written and co-edited many books on research into a variety of clinical subjects. Further, he has written over 450 publications in peer reviewed journals or books.


He is Co-Editor in chief of  Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, and serves on the editorial board or advisory board of a number of journals in psychology and psychiatry, including Applied and Preventive Psychology, Journal of AnxietyDisorders, and Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics. Paul Emmelkamp has received a number of honours and awards, including membership of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary membership of the Dutch Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy, and the Senior Heijmans award for his lifetime achievements from the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP). In 2006 he was awarded a distinguished professorship ('academy professor') by the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2013 a  distinguished adjunct professorship at King AbdulAziz University. In 2014 he received the award of the European Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy.


Between 2014 and 2018 he has been the Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.