Prof. dr. J. (hans) Ormel, (MA, Sociology; Epidemiology B; PhD) is full professor at the University Medical Center Groningen (University of Groningen) in the Netherlands, first in Social Epidemiology, and since 1996 in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Before that he worked as a government official in The Hague. He held visiting professorships at the University of Washington in Seattle (Department of Psychiatry and Center for Health Studies) and at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. During 2002/3 he was Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). He received several awards, published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, and is one of the most frequently cited Dutch scholars in psychiatry (>6000 Web of Science). He established the Groningen Longitudinal Aging Study (GLAS 1991-2000) and the Tracking Adolescents Individual Life Survey (TRAILS: www.trails.nl; since 2002), which tracks and tries to explain the mental and social health development of more than 2.500 pre-adolescents into adulthood. He is involved in several large national and international collaborative research projects on the epidemiology and etiology of common mental disorders, including the Netherland Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA) and the World Mental Health Initiative (WMH surveys). He has been a member of multiple research and policy advice committees of the Medical and Social Science Divisions of Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and the National Council for Health (Gezondheidsraad). He is involved in NEMESIS-2 and the National Monitor Mental Health of the Trimbos Institute. He is a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been the recipient of multiple research grants from the Medical (ZonMW) and Social Science (MAGW) sections of the Dutch Science Foundation including various program grants and a NWO-Large investment grant. He is a member of the CIDI advisory committee of the WHO. In 2005 he received the best researcher award of the University Medical Center Groningen.
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