Evidence-based psychiatry is the special subject of the chair of Anton (Ton) van Balkom, MD, PhD (1956).
He conducted meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials and implementation studies in OCD, hypochondriasis, panic disorder and social phobia. This has led to more than 200 international scientific publications and more than 20 PhD dissertations.
He is chair of the Netherlands multi-disciplinary guidelines committee for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders and member of the board of the Netherlands Knowledge Centre for Anxiety and Depression.
He is one of the editors of the Dutch Textbook of Psychiatry, which is used at all Dutch medical schools, is trainer for residents in psychiatry and is chair of the examination board of the VU-University Medical Centre.