Prof. Edwin de Beurs

  • Professor ROM and Benchmarking
  • Mental health care
  • Outcome assessment
  • Benchmarking
  • Psychometrics

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7974
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Klinische Psychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B29

Edwin de Beurs studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PhD in 1993 on the “Assessment and treatment of panic disorder with agoraphobia”. He worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of North-Carolina at Chapel Hill; from 1997 to 2001 as Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of the Vrije Universiteit , Amsterdam; from 2001 to 2006 as Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of the Leiden University Medical Center and from 2006 to 2010 as Director of Research and Development at the Netherlands Institute of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (aka Pieter Baan Center). Since 2010 he is Scientific Director of Stichting Benchmark GGZ and, as of 2015, Professor of Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) and Benchmarking at Clinical Psychology of the University of Leiden.

Reseach by Edwin de Beurs

My research focuses on Routine Outcome Monitoring and Benchmarking as adjuncts to treatment in mental health care. ROM involves routinely assessing the condition of the patient over the course of the treatment with self-report questionnaires or rating scales. Benchmarking is using the resulting outcome data in aggregated form for quality management. The prime research question is whether ROM and Benchmarking improve the efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency of mental health care. Secondary questions concern development of new measurement instruments and other means of obtaining data on how patients fare during treatment.


Co-writer on several grants: Anxiety in the elderly, Anxiety disorders and alcoholism, Pathological Gambling, Dissociation and directed forgetting, ROM in Primary Care, Outcoms research in Anxiety and Depression (part of NESDA), Outcomes research in Forensic Treatment, Evaluation of PIJ-advising in Forensic Assessment of Youths


Registered as GZ-Psycholoog

Relevant links

Inaugural lecture

ROM and Benchmarking (forthcoming: 27-11-2015)

PhD candidates

Gerard Flens, 2013, Leiden University, Computer Adaptive Testing of Depression and Anxiety

Last Modified: 24-12-2015