Tilburg University has appointed Dr Hendrik Roozen endowed professor of Addiction, as of August 1, 2012. This academic chair has been funded by the Dutch addiction care institutions Novadic-Kentron and IrisZorg.
Hendrik Roozen will carry out research into factors that initiate and maintain addictive behavior, with a central focus on the Community Reinforcement Approach, a strategy employed within behavioral therapy. The results of this research will be used to improve diagnoses and treatment of patients. The aim is not only to give patients a better quality of life, but also to ease the burden of their illness.
The academic chair for addiction research will operate one day a week and forms part of Tranzo, Tilburg University’s scientific center for care and welfare.
Within Tranzo, the academic chair is connected to the Academic Workplace for Addiction, a collaboration between Tilburg University and healthcare institutes in the area of addiction care, geared towards knowledge development and innovative approaches. The academic chair will forge new links between scientific theory and professional practice.
Hendrik Roozen studied psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands, specializing in clinical and health psychology. He obtained his PhD in 2005 at VU University Amsterdam, based on a study of the Community Reinforcement Approach in combination with the drug naltrexone. Dr Roozen works as a health psychologist at the Research & Development department of addiction care institution Novadic-Kentron and at Roozen & Meyes Consultancy. Through this consultancy firm, Dr Roozen organizes training courses in the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), provides guidance and supervision for care workers and also carries out consultations with numerous healthcare, forensic and addiction care institutions. He is also a board member of the Addiction Psychology section of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP) and is a staff member at Robert J. Meyers, PhD & Associates (USA).
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