Professor Christina van der Feltz – Cornelis, psychiatrist-psychotherapist and epidemiologist, joined the University of York as one of the 60th Anniversary inspirational research leaders with a Chair of Psychiatry and Epidemiology in 2018. She moved to York from the Netherlands, where she held an endowed chair at Tilburg University as Professor of Social Psychiatry from 2010 - 2019. She is a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG) at the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, and holds a joint appointment with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
Christina registered as a psychiatrist with full licence to practice in the UK and joined as an honorary consultant psychiatrist with Tees Esk and Wear Valley (TEWV) (2018). Christina provides a specialist assessment service and treatment for people with Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD) in the City of York. Follow Christina @VanFeltz, at ORCID or at Linkedin, and MHARG @MHARG_york.
Christina is a world-renowned mental health researcher whose research draws on her clinical background; she was awarded a Cum Laude at her MD graduation at the School of Medicine Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1988 and combines clinical work and academics ever since. She registered as psychiatrist and psychotherapist in 1992 and as an epidemiologist in 1996. She completed her doctorate (PhD 2002) on Psychiatric consultation for patients with somatoform disorder in general practice at VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam. She taught psychiatry, epidemiology, consultation and research skills since and she generated competitive research income of € 6,6M, mostly as head applicant. Her research supervision has supported twelve successful PhD students with associated and ongoing post-doctoral research. Christina currently has one PhD student at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She founded and directed the Clinical Centre for Body, Mind and Health at GGz Breburg, Tilburg (2010-2018), and together with her team won the Award Clinical Centre of Excellence (Keurmerk TOPGGz) in 2014.
As a psychiatrist-psychotherapist and epidemiologist, Christina endeavours to conduct research leading to better understanding, diagnosis and treatment of common mental disorders such as depressive, anxiety, somatic symptom disorders and medically unexplained symptoms including chronic pain. She explores how to improve social functioning, such as Return To Work, of people with mental disorders, and how to improve suicide prevention. Christina collaborated in several EU Sanco and FP7 funded research projects aimed at suicide prevention, the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) and Optimizing Suicide Prevention programs and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI).
Christina is involved in agenda setting for mental health research at European level, in the context of ROAMER, an EU FP7 funded project, and on behalf of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine.
She uses designs such as general population as well as clinical epidemiological studies, clinical trials, proof of concept studies, systematic reviews of trials as well as mixed methods and Delphi study designs.
Christina’s projects include the first trials to date of psychiatric consultation and collaborative care in the Netherlands.
Christina’s work on the patient-doctor relationship is widely cited; the PDRQ9 questionnaire that she developed for its evaluation from the patient perspective has been translated and validated in many countries. Also, her work on Shared Decision Making in combination with blended e-health is well received.
Pathogenic mechanism in conversion disorder
Christina is interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: Somatic Symptom Disorder, Chronic Pain, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Return To Work, Suicide Prevention
Christina co-authored over 200 international and national articles on research, guidelines and teaching, book chapters and a monograph, with currently 156 PubMed citations (for other papers, see google scholar profile), including 4 citation classics, one WoS Top Paper on the ROAMER Research agenda (2015) and one highly cited in field paper in WoS on Work participation in Mental Health (2018). Her current Web of Science SCI H-index is 28, and Google Scholar H-Index 38.
Christina teaches undergraduate medical students on the topic of stress and resilience in the HYMS SSIP program
Christina offers undergraduate medical students the opportunity to work with her research team in the context of HYMS Inspire projects
Christina has extensive experience in Postgraduate teaching
Christina was awarded the distinction International Fellow at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in recognition of significant contributions to Psychiatry (2013).
She is a member of the Dutch Psychiatric Association (NVvP) and was member of its Board(2002-2005) and of its Scientific Committee (CWA)(2016-2017).
She is a member of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ICPM), of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM), and of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM).
Only the invited lectures of the last 5 years are mentioned here. Some of them can be viewed on YouTube. Keynote lectures are in bold.