Drs. J. (Jasper) Wiebenga is a psychologist and PhD candidate at the Department of Psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC & GGZ inGeest. He started his career as a psychologist and junior researcher at 113 Suicide Prevention, the national suicide prevention organization in the Netherlands. It was there that he tried to help suicidal patients via e-mental health interventions and to study the effectiveness of the crisis chat service. Subsequently he worked as a psychologist in a private practice and at PsyQ International Mental Health Services where he treated expatriates living in The Netherlands.
He is currently working on research project ‘GRIP: GGZ inteRvention in Prevention of suicidal behavior’ at the Department of Psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC & GGZ inGeest, to assess to what extent a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy protocol focused on suicide prevention (CT-SP) can reduce suicidal thoughts and behavior in patients being treated in the specialized mental health care (sGGZ) setting. He is also currently investigating risk factors for suicidal behavior in patients with a depressive and/or anxiety disorder using data collected by The Netherlands Study of Anxiety and Depression (NESDA).