Dr. Peter G. van der Velden is a health-psychologist and senior-researcher, specialized in research on stress, (collective) trauma and mental health. He was professor Victimology (2013-2017) and Mental health and disasters (2010-2012) at Tilburg University. In the years before, he was research manager, senior researcher, and senior consultant at Institute for Psychotrauma (1988-2013).
He published a large number of studies in international and national journals aimed at the effects of stressful and potentially traumatic events such as violence, accidents, crisis, war and disasters on mental health including PTSD, substance abuse and mental health services utilization and on work. Besides the effects of these events the studied for instance risk and protective factors such as coping-self efficacy, (lack of) social support and resilience, and ethical issues related to research such as the burden of trauma research. For a long time, he was directly involved in supporting victims and affected organizations. He is reviewer for about 30 peer-reviewed international Journals and is Academic Editor at PLOSONE.