Major European research grant for mental health research during COVID-19 pandemic
VU clinical psychologist Marit Sijbrandij and her research team have received more than six million euros from the European Union for the study “Improving the Preparedness of Health Systems to Reduce Mental Health and Psychosocial Concerns resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
The RESPOND project is one of four projects selected by the EU to investigate the long-term behavioral and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the project, fourteen partners from France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Australia work together with the WHO, with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the lead. In addition to Sijbrandij, professors of Clinical Psychology Pim Cuijpers and Annemieke van Straten are also involved, and professor of Psychiatry Brenda Penninx of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc.