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Joost  Dekker

Joost Dekker is Professor of Allied Health Care at the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1997- present). He is Distinguished Professor at Jining Medical University, Jining, China; Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and ‘dosent’ at the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

His research concerns behavioral factors in somatic disease. He focuses on musculoskeletal disorders, cancer, and neurological disorders. He obtained grants from numerous agencies: the Ministry of Health; Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development, NGO’s and other agencies. He is (co)author of more than 400 international and more than 180 national scientific publications. He supervised 36 successfully defended PhD theses.

He is the current Treasurer and a former President of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. He performs editorial services for a wide range of scientific journals and is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. He is involved in international and national boards and committees.