Portrait Heleen Riper

Prof. dr. Heleen Riper

VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, Dept. of Clinical Psychology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

GGZinGeest, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Honorable Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

Chair Triple-E (EMGO+ E-HEALTH EXCELLENCE), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

President International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII)


International Scientific Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals, published in 2014

  • Andersson G, Cuijpers P, Carlbring P, Riper H, Hedman E. (2014). Guided Internet-based vs. face-to-face cognitive behavior therapy for psychiatric and somatic disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. World Psychiatry. 13(3):288-95.
  • Bolier L, Maio C, Smit F, Westerhof GJ, Haverman M, Walburg JA, Riper H & Bohlmeijer E. (2014). Cost-effectiveness of online positive psychology: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Positive Psychology. 9(5):460-471.
  • Buntrock C, Ebert DD, Lehr D, Cuijpers P, Riper H, Smit F, Berking M. (2014). Evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of web-based indicated prevention of major depression: design of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry.14:25.
  • Ebenfeld L, Kleine Stegemann S, Lehr D, Ebert DD, Jazaieri H, van Ballegooijen W, Funk B, Riper H, Berking M. (2014). Efficacy of a hybrid online training for panic symptoms and agoraphobia: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 15:427.
  • Ebert DD, Lehr D, Baumeister H, Boß L, Riper H, Cuijpers P, Reins JA, Buntrock C, Berking M. (2014). GET.ON Mood Enhancer: efficacy of Internet-based guided self-help compared to psychoeducation for depression: an investigator-blinded randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2014 Jan 30;15:39
  • Ebert DD, Lehr D, Boß L, Riper H, Cuijpers P, Andersson G, Thiart H, Heber E, Berking M. (2014). Efficacy of an internet-based problem-solving training for teachers: results of a randomized controlled trial. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2014 Nov 1;40(6):582-96.
  • Ebert DD, Lehr D, Smit F, Zarski AC, Riper H, Heber E, Cuijpers P, Berking M. (2014). Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of minimal guided and unguided internet-based mobile supported stress-management in employees with occupational stress: a three-armed randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2014 Aug 7;14:807.
  • Emmelkamp PM, David D, Beckers T, Muris P, Cuijpers P, Lutz W, Andersson G, Araya R, Banos Rivera RM, Barkham M, Berking M, Berger T, Botella C, Carlbring P, Colom F, Essau C, Hermans D, Hofmann SG, Knappe S, Ollendick TH, Raes F, Rief W, Riper H, Van Der Oord S, Vervliet B. (2014). Advancing psychotherapy and evidence-based psychological interventions. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2014 Jan;23 Suppl 1:58-91.
  • Guiry JJ, van de Ven P, Nelson J, Warmerdam L, Riper H. (2014). Activity recognition with smartphone support. Med Eng Phys. 2014 Jun;36(6):670-5
  • Heber, E., Riper, H., Berking, B. (2014, in press). Emotionsregulation: Überblick und kritische Reflexion des aktuellen Forschungsstandes. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychology and Psychotherapy.
  • Kok G, van Rijsbergen G, Burger H, Elgersma H, Riper H, Cuijpers P, Dekker J, Smit F, Bockting C. (2014). The scars of childhood adversity: minor stress sensitivity and depressive symptoms in remitted recurrently depressed adult patients. PLoS One. 2014 Nov 13;9(11):e111711.
  • Kooistra LC, Wiersma JE, Ruwaard J, van Oppen P, Smit F, Lokkerbol J, Cuijpers P, Riper H. (2014). Blended vs. face-to-face cognitive behavioural treatment for major depression in specialized mental health care: study protocol of a randomized controlled cost-effectiveness trial. BMC Psychiatry. 2014 18;14(1):290.
  • Kramer J, Conijn B, Oijevaar P, Riper H. (2014). Effectiveness of a web-based solution-focused brief chat treatment for depressed adolescents and young adults: randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 29;16(5):e141.
  • Riper, H, Andersson G, Hunter SB, de Wit J, Berking M, Cuijpers P. (2014). Treatment of comorbid alcohol use disorders and depression with cognitive-behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing: a meta-analysis. Addiction. 109(3):394-406.
  • Riper H, Blankers M, Hadiwijaya H, Cunningham J, Clarke S, Wiers R, Ebert D, Cuijpers P. (2014). Effectiveness of guided and unguided low-intensity internet interventions for adult alcohol misuse: a meta-analysis. PLoS One. 17;9(6):e99912.
  • Unlü Ince B, Fassaert T, de Wit M, Cuijpers P, Smit J, Ruwaard J, Riper H. (2014). The relationship between acculturation strategies and depressive and anxiety disorders in Turkish migrants in the Netherlands. BMC Psychiatry. 5;14(1):252.
  • Ünlü Ince B, Riper H, van ‘t Hof E, Cuijpers P. (2014). The effects of psychotherapy on depression among racial-ethnic minority groups: a metaregression analysis. Psychiatr Serv. 1;65(5):612-7.
  • Van Ballegooijen W, Cuijpers P, van Straten A, Karyotaki E, Andersson G, Smit JH, Riper H. (2014). Adherence to Internet-based and face-to-face cognitive behavioural therapy for depression: a meta-analysis. PLoS One. 16;9(7):e100674.
  • Van der Vaart R, Witting M, Riper H, Kooistra L, Bohlmeijer ET, van Gemert-Pijnen L. (2014). Blending online therapy into regular face-to-face therapy for depression: content, ratio and preconditions according to patients and therapists using a Delphi study. BMC Psychiatry. 14;14(1):355.
  • Wiencke, C.,Lehr, D., Ebert, D.D., Sieland, B., Riper, H., Berking, M. (2014). Internetbasierte Ansätze in der Prävention und Behandlung von depressiven Beschwerden bei Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsenen Prax. Kinderpsychol. Kinderpsychiat. 63/2014, 395-415
  • Wirtz CM, Hofmann SG, Riper H, Berking M. (2014). Emotion regulation predicts anxiety over a five-year interval: a cross-lagged panel analysis. Depress Anxiety. 31(1):87-95.
  • Wittchen HU, Knappe S, Andersson G, Araya R, Banos Rivera RM, Barkham M, Bech P, Beckers T, Berger T, Berking M, Berrocal C, Botella C, Carlbring P, Chouinard G, Colom F, Csillag C, Cujipers P, David D, Emmelkamp PM, Essau CA, Fava GA, Goschke T, Hermans D, Hofmann SG, Lutz W, Muris P, Ollendick TH, Raes F, Rief W, Riper H, Tossani E, van der Oord S, Vervliet B, Haro JM, Schumann G. (2014). The need for a behavioural science focus in research on mental health and mental disorders. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2014 Jan;23 Suppl 1:28-40.

Earlier Publications –>


Principal Investigator (PI and Co-PI) awarded 2012 – 2014

  • Horizon 2020 PHC 23 (CO-PI, 2 stage): Safe and efficient, prevention-oriented health and care systems(2 stage) total 6.000.000, VUA 280.000 Euro (Co-PI; PI: prof. Corinna Jacobi, Technical University Dresden, Germany).
  • ZonMw Doelmatigheid, DO 2015 Type 2A. Cost-utility and cost-effectiveness of blended eHealth treatment for severe anxiety disorders in secondary mental health care. (PI: Altrecht; Co PI VUA/inGEEST in collaboration with prof. dr. T. van Balkom, PhD student VUA), 341 K).
  • 2014 – 2016             PI: European Commission 7th Framework Programme for Research: Comparative effectiveness research (CER) in health systems and health services interventions. FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION. E-COMPARED (European Comparative Effectiveness Research on Internet-based Depression Treatment. Budget: € 5.827.000 of which € 1,4 million for VUA/inGeest and 800.000 for Leuphana/Marburg University.
  • 2014 -2016              PI-NL: Commission of the European Communities, CIP, DG CONNECT, Brussels, Belgium. MASTERMIND: MAnagement of mental health diSorders Through advancEd technology and seRvices – teleHealth for the MIND. Budget total € 7.000.000 of which 600.000 for VUA/GGZinGeest and € 600.000 for Marburg University/ Schon Clinic.
  • 2012 – 2015             PI-NL: Commission of the European Communities, Ambient Assisted Living Program, Brussels, Belgium. eMentalCare – daily life management and monitoring system (platform/solution) for elderly with mental disorders. Budget: € 400.000. (VUA & GGZinGeest).
  • 2012 – 2015             PI: ZonMw, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, Health Care Efficiency Research. Blended care for depression. Budget: € 137.039.
  • 2012                          PI: ZonMw, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Devel- opment, Prevention Program Mental Health, the Netherlands. State of the art eMental-health (‘kennissynthese 2012’). Budget: € 25.000.
  • 2012 – 2014            PI: Health Insurers Innovation Foundation (Innovatiefonds Zorgverzekeraars), the Netherlands. Pilot-study blended care for depression in secondary care. In collaboration with GGZinGeest and Twente University. Budget: € 150.000
  • 2012- 2013              PI: Pameijer, Regional Health Service for People with Disabilities, the Netherlands. Feasibility study on online blended support for persons with severe psychological disorders in guided independent living settings. Budget: € 45.000.
  • 2012 – 2013            PI: ZonMw, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, Prevention Program Mental Health, the Netherlands. ICT4DEPRESSION/ Moodbuster-Light for subclinical and moderate depression. Budget: € 100.000.

Acquisition 2014 (in preparation)

  • Horizon 2020 (Personalized Health Care: H2020-PHC22-2015) Activating Youth moods for Seniors’ Health. Personalized wellbeing pathways for management/reduction of the negative impact of mental disorders in older patients (Oktober 2014, 2 stage proposal). PI: RSD, VUA: CO-PI.

Earlier Projects –>

Keynotes & Presentations

Invited key notes only (2014)

  • Riper, H. (2014, 13 January). Waterink-lezing. VU/ FPP. (VUA msterdam, the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 22 January). Keynote EU eMH research projects results. EU Public Mental Health Research – Bridging the Gap between Evidence and Policy. EU DG for Research and Innovation. (EU,Brussels, Belgium).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 25 February). Keynote Blended eMH in routine practice, EU project results. IMPREEZE (AMC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 8 May). Keynote mHealth voor EPA. GGZ+ Congres (Delft, the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 6 June). Keynote Personalized eMental-Health for Common Mental Disorders. XIV Jornadas ANPIR Conference (Sevilla, Spain).
  • Riper, H, (2014, 24 July) Keynote on mHealth at the Annual Conference
  • of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (Birmingham, UK).
  • Riper, H, (2014, 22 July) Keynote on the future of eMental-Health at the University of Exeter, Dept. of Clinical Psychology (Birmingham, UK).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 26 September). Keynote: Personalized & ecological valid iCBT for common mental disorders. NOSMO Onderzoeksgroepen: Simulatie & Spel en Methodologie voor Complexe Maatschappelijke Problemen Symposium (Amsterdam the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 12 June) Keynote No pain, no gain: over de lusten en lasten van wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar eMental-health in de GGZ. Symposium ter ere van pensioenering R. Gerrits. (Dimence, Deventer, the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 24 September). Keynote: Nettherapy & iCBT for mental disorders. Alexius-/St. Josef Krankenhaus (Neuss, Germany).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 2 October). MasterMind, accelerating upscaling of evidence based treatment for mental disorders through advanced technologies in Europe. European Health Forum Gastein (Badhof Gastein, Austria).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 6 Oktober) Vijftiende Avond van de Tafelwetenschappers, blauwdrukken voor de toekomst, de wetenschap van vandaag, is de wereld van morgen (Ridderzaal Den Haag, the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 28 October), keynote on mHealth at the CASS 18+ Conference on eHealth and Autisme. Utrecht.
  • Riper, H. (2014, 3th of November), Keynote on mobile eMental-Health at EHin” EHease I Norge (Oslo, Norway).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 4th of November), Keynote on mHealth at the MindTrek Conference on Technology, Science and Business (Tampere, Finland).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 18 November), eMental-Health: op maat, ecologisch valide en duurzame GGZ. Teamdag Bipolaire Stoornissen, GGZinGeest (Haarlem, the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 21 November). Keynote eMental-Health, onderzoek dat leidt, technologie die verleidt, therapie die beklijft. Congres: Toekomst van de Psychiatrie, Discura (Arnhem, the Netherlands).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 1 December). Keynote Personalized & Ecological Valid eMental-Health. Psykiatriens Forskningsdag 2014 (Fredericia, SDU, Denmark).
  • Riper, H. (2014, 4 December). Keynote Personalized & Ecological Valid e-Prevention. Vroegdetectie, Preventie & Transitie (EUR, ESPRi, Epidemiological and Social Psychiatric Research Unit, Rotterdam, the Netherlands).

Earlier Presentations –>


My press appearances includes interviews for national television, radio and newspapers, magazines, websites and other national and international periodicals.

Press Highlights 2012 – 2014

  • The Voice of the American Psychiatric Association and the Psychiatric Community (19 feb.2014) Equal Benefit for Minorities From Psychotherapy, Study Finds & sarfati.nl/?page_id=1114.
  • Leergang Sarphathi Initiatief, Academische Werkplaats Publieke Gezondheid (21 januari 2014). Interview met Heleen Riper “Smartphone is straks je toegang tot zorg” door Yvonne van Osch: http://sarfati.nl/?page_id=1114.
  • Young Gasteiners (2014). Blog, Deploying eHealth, The time to hesitate is over! ehfg.org/conference.html .
  • European Parliament Magazine (22 Sept. 2014). Accelarating upscaling of eMental Health in Europe, H. Riper en J. Smit. 397, page 27. theparliamentmagazine.eu .
  • Aƒveltek (/velfaerdsteknologi, 9. december 2014) Ekspert, Heleen Riper: Online-behandling løser Sundhedsudfordringer.
  • Parliament magazine: theparliamentmagazine.eu : page 27/ issue397/22 Sept. 2014
  • PsychoPraktijk, december 2013 (6, nr. 5). Interview met Heleen Riper: ‘Blended behandelingen bepalen het komende e-mental health tijdperk’: 6 – 7.
  • Tracer (VUMC), november 2013. Blended care voor depressie, interview Heleen Riper.
  • Volkskrant, 30 oktober 2013, Geestelijke zorg kiest steeds vaker voor onlinehulp.
  • inDrukken (GGZ inGeest), juni 2013. “Een teachable moment via de smartphone-app”, interview met Heleen Riper.
  • Tracer (VUMC), juni 2013. Blended care voor depressie, interview Heleen Riper.
  • Zorgvisie / ICT, maart 2013, special issue Zorg & ICT beurs. Interview met Heleen Riper: ‘Elke zorginstelling beseft dat de toekomst bij e-health ligt’ door Mario Gibbels (cover story).
  • Zorgvisie/ ICT.Kennissynthese eMental-Health (2013): zorgvisie.nl/ICT/Nieuws/2013/5/Preventie-psychische-problemen-zonder-e-health-ondenkbaar-1271137W/
  • Algemeen Dagblad, 13 december 2012, Internettherapie vermindert suïcidegedachtes onder depressieve patiënten. Ingezonden brief: P. Cuijpers, H. Riper en F. Schalken.
  • UWV Magazine, Aan het lijntje gehouden (en toch geholpen), mei 2012.
  • Radio 5 – OBA Live – 2 mei 2012. Theodor Holman in gesprek met de hoofdgast van de avond Heleen Riper, over psychische zorg op afstand.
  • Zuidas Amsterdam, maart 2012, interview zuidas.nl/interviews .
  • Plus Magazine, 12 februari 2012, M. v. Santen – Heleen Riper, interview.
  • com: Wybo Vons, interview met Heleen Riper, 26 januari 2012 frankwatching.com/archive/2012 .

Before 2012


Signaal, kwartaaluitgave nictiz, maart 2011. Heleen Riper en de kansen van e-mental health. ‘Iedereen heeft behoefte aan aandacht. Zelfs elektronisch’ De mogelijkheden van e-mental health zijn groot, zegt onderzoeker Heleen riper. ‘Een scherm in je huiskamer met een virtuele coach, die zegt: Goedemorgen mevrouw Jansen, het is tijd om op te staan, kan veel hulp bieden.’ full text –>
De Pers 18 november 2010. ‘Social media maken zorg bereikbaar’ door Jules van der Leeuw
Voor ieder wissewasje naar je huisarts? Dat hoeft echt niet meer. Vanuit je luie stoel of je ziekbed iets vragen aan je behandelend arts? Medische vragen worden steeds vaker ‘uitbesteed’ dankzij Zorg 2.0: smart-phones, iPods en Twitter.
A tweet a day keeps the doctor away. full text –>
Volkskrant 15 november 2010 Digitaal hulp halen door Malou van Hintum
Woensdag vond in de Jaarbeurs in Utrecht het eerste congres over online hulpverlening plaats, een vorm van geestelijke hulp die inmiddels tien jaar bestaat. ‘En die de toekomst heeft’, zegt dr. Heleen Riper, onderzoeker e-mental health (VU Amsterdam, GGZInGeest) en keynote-speaker op het congres. full text –>
Volkskrant 30 januari 2010. ‘Mobiel stoppen’ door Ben van Raaij.
Slimme gadgets voor mobiel internet zijn hip. Je kunt er muziek mee herkennen, goedkoop boodschappen doen en je geparkeerde auto traceren, dus waarom niet stoppen met roken?… full text –>

Radio & Television

Radio 5 – OBA Live – 2 mei 2012. Theodor Holman in gesprek met de hoofdgast van de avond Heleen Riper, over psychische zorg op afstand. Steeds meer fysieke en psychische zorg vindt plaats via de computer. Hoe werkt dat, zorg op afstand? Prof. dr. Heleen Riper is expert op het gebied van e-health. Bekijk hier de videoregistratie.


NOS – 10 oktober 2009 – Radio 1 interview Psychologische hulp via internet succesvol Psychologische hulp via internet is een groot succes. Het is bewezen effectief, goedkoop en laagdrempelig. Nederland is koploper op het gebied van online geestelijke gezondheidszorg.

NOS televisie 10 oktober 2009

Radio 5 – OBA Live – 2 juli 2010. Joep Schrijvers in gesprek met Heleen Riper, directeur van I.COM (Onderdeel van Trimbos instituut: Centre of Mental Health & Technology). Heleen Riper is een rijzende ster op het gebied van e-health, psychische gezondheidszorg met nieuwe technieken en methoden via internet. Wat drijft haar, wat wil ze, wat is er mogelijk?

Luister hier het interview (55 min)

Online Media

Verslag Congres Social media in de Zorg 18 november 2010 door Erica van Harn – Kranenburg – Digitalezorg.nl
De aankomende 10 jaar is het van belang om de informatie communicatie technologieën in te zetten binnen de zorgsector. We moeten echt gaan nadenken over cliënt 3.0 die niet zonder professional 3.0 kan. Stel de cliënt centraal, participatie is van belang. Zorg ervoor dat hulpverlenen  plezierig is, gebruik daarom  serious gaming toepassingen. Denk eens aan de Funtheory! full text –>