Derek de Beurs is a senior researcher at the Trimbos Institute. Within the section Mental Health and Prevention, he focuses specifically on suicide prevention. Up until 2020, he was the head of the Epidemiology department at Trimbos. Derek specialises in complex methodology such as network analysis for mental health. He completed his doctorate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2015, investigating the implementation of suicide guidelines in specialised mental healthcare.