Prof.dr. Berthold Gersons

Berthold Gersons (1945) is a psychiatrist, distinguished AMC-professor and professor of psychiatry at the Academical Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and senior scientific advisor, Foundation Centrum ’45, Diemen, The Netherlands. 

In 1980 he started research on trauma and PTSD in the police force and he established the first self-help-team in Dutch police force. Currently 10% of the Dutch police officers are member of the ‘occupational support teams’ after trauma. He developed the Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy (BEPP) protocol consisting of 16-sessions for police officers and other trauma-I victims and showed the effectiveness in randomised trials. BEPP has been recognized in the NICE Guidelines (2005). He has been advisor for the Dutch Government after major disasters in the Netherlands, like the El Al air crash in 1992 and the Enschede firework disaster in 2000. He has been a member of the Board of the Dutch Veterans Institute and was an advisor for the Ministry of Defence.

He is adviser to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism to help politicians under threat to cope. His group with dr. Miranda Olff is active in research on treatment and biological factors. He has been member of the board of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, of the Board of the ISTSS and ESTSS. He has been president of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and president of the Dutch Language Oriented Society for Psychotrauma. He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals and books and has lectured around 500 in his home country and in various countries all over the world.