dr. Matthijs Blankers

Researcher & project manager e-health
Drug Monitoring & Policy
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Matthijs  Blankers

I have a MSc in Psychology (University of Amsterdam, 2006) and a PhD from the faculty of Medicine (University of Amsterdam, 2011).

I have published >50 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and reports in top-rated international scientific journals, mostly on the development, (cost-)effectiveness and research methodology of e-health interventions for addiction and mental health (see link to publications below).

I have been involved in the development and implementation of >10 e-health interventions and big data driven e-health applications for addiction and mental health, in countries within and outside the EU.

I have a keen interest in e-health intervention development, research and implementation. I am an experienced lecturer on these themes. 

Key expertise

  • E-health, development, research and implementation
  • Researcher with a strong focus on methods, statistics and data science, applied to addiction / mental health interventions
  • Bridging the gap between academia and clinical practice
  • Experienced lecturer with international working experience

Relevant links



Mujcic, A., Blankers, M., Boon, B., Engels, R., & Laar, M. van (2018). Internet-based self-help smoking cessation and alcohol moderation interventions for cancer survivors: a study protocol of two RCTs. BMC Cancer, 18(364). doi:10.1186/s12885-018-4206-z

Berman, A.H., Hoybye, M.T., & Blankers, M. (2017). Editorial on IJBM Special Issue—E-Health Interventions for Addictive Behaviors. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(5), 641-645. doi:10.1007/s12529-017-9684-x

Bewick, B.M., Ondersma, S.J., Hoybye, M.T., Blakstad, O., Blankers, M., Brendryen, H., ... Berman, A.H. (2017). Key intervention characteristics in e-health: steps towards standardized communication. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(5), 659-664. doi:10.1007/s12529-016-9630-3

Blankers, M. & Mujcic, A. (2017). E-health and m-health: using new technologies to respond to drug problems. EMCDDA Drugs Library.

Dijk, F.van, Wit, I. de, Blankers, M., Sommer, I. & Haan, L. de (2017). The Personal Antipsychotic Choice Index. Pharmacopsychiatry (augustus). doi:10.1055/s-0043-116854

Hopman, P., Blankers, M., Dom, G., & Keet, R. (2017). Rookbeleid in de ggz: documentonderzoek en enquête. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 59(2), 111-115.

Ooms, P., Blankers, M., Figee, M., Bergfeld, I.O., Munckhof, P. van den, Schuurman, P.R., & Denys, D. (2017). Cost-effectiveness of deep brain stimulation versus treatment as usual for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Brain Stimulation, 10(4), 836-842. doi:10.1016/j.brs.2017.04.120

Quaglio, G., Schellekens, A., Blankers, M., Hoch, E., Karapiperis, T., Esposito, G., ... Kiefer, F. (2017). A brief outline of the use of new technologies for treating substance use disorders in the european union. European Addiction Research, 23(4), 177-181. doi:10.1159/000478904

Blankers, M. (2016). Maatschappelijk rendement van internetinterventies bij stoornissen in het alcoholgebruik. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 58(10), 712-716.

Blankers, M. (2016). Social return on internet interventions for alcohol use disorders. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 58(10), 712-716.

Blankers, M., Barendregt, M., & Dekker, J.J. (2016). Benchmarking using different measurement instruments and the management of measurement variability. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 58(1), 55-60.

Blankers, M., Barendregt, M., & Dekker, J.J.M. (2016). Meetvariatie als bron van bias bij het benchmarken met verschillende ROM-instrumenten. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 58(1), 55-60.

Blankers, M., Buisman, R., Hopman, P., Gool, R. van & Laar, M. van (2016). Modelling intentions to provide smoking cessation support among mental health professionals in the Netherlands. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 14(31). doi:10.1186/s12971-016-0096-5

Blankers, M., Emmerik, A. van, Richters, B., & Dekker, J. (2016). Blended internet care for patients with severe mental illnesses: An open label prospective controlled cohort pilot study. Internet Interventions(5), 51-55. doi:10.1016/j.invent.2016.07.004

Blankers, M., Smit, E.S., Pol, P. van der, Vries, H. de, Hoving, C., & Laar, M. van (2016). The missing=smoking assumption: A fallacy in internet-based smoking cessation trials? Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(1), 25-33. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv055

Donker, T., Blankers, M., & Riper, H. (2016). E-mental health bij depressie: E-mental health for depression. In Schene, A., Sabbe, B., Spinhoven, P., & Ruhé, E. (red.), Handboek depressieve stoornissen [Handbook of depression].De Tijdstroom.

Schaub, M.P., Blankers, M., Lehr, D., Boss, L., Riper, H., Dekker, J., ( ... ) Ebert, D.D. (2016). Efficacy of an internet-based self-help intervention to reduce co-occurring alcohol misuse and depression symptoms in adults: study protocol of a three-arm randomised controlled trial. BJM Open, 6(5). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011457

Sundström, C., Blankers, M., & Khadjesari, Z. (2016). Computer-Based Interventions for Problematic Alcohol Use: a Review of Systematic Reviews. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. doi:10.1007/s12529-016-9601-8

Sundström, C., Gajecki, M., Johansson, M., Blankers, M., Sinadinovic, K., Stenlund-Gens, E., & Berman, A.H. (2016). Guided and unguided internet-based treatment for problematic alcohol use – a randomized controlled pilot trial. PLOS One (juli). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157817

Sundström, C., Gajecki, M., Johansson, M., Blankers, M., Sinadinovic, K., Stenlund-Gens. E., & Berman, A.H. (2016). Guided and Unguided Internet-Based Treatment for Problematic Alcohol Use: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. PLoS One, 11(7). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157817

Blankers M., Salemink, E., & Wiers, R.W. (2015). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Bias Modification in Internet-Based Interventions for Mood, Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders. In Mucic, D., & Hilty, D. M. (Eds.), e-Mental Health (pp. 193-215). Cham: Springer International Publishing Switzerland. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20852-7

Buisman R., Blankers, M., & van Laar, M. (2015). Het gebruik van e-sigaretten onder Nederlandse jongeren: Een verkennend onderzoek [Electronic cigarette use among adolescents in the Netherlands]. Verslaving : Tijdschrift over Verslavingsproblematiek, 11(2), 77-88. doi:10.1007/s12501-015-0017-y

Donker, T., Blankers, M., Hedman, E., Ljótsson, B., Petrie, K., & Christensen, H. (2015). Economic evaluations of Internet interventions for mental health: a systematic review. Psychological Medicine, 45(16), 3357-3376. doi:10.1017/S0033291715001427

Waal, M.M. de, Kikkert, M.J., Blankers, M, Dekker, J.J., & Goudriaan, A.E. (2015). Self-wise, Other-wise, Streetwise (SOS) training: A novel intervention to reduce victimization in dual diagnosis psychiatric patients with substance use disorders: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 15(267). doi:10.1186/s12888-015-0652-1

Blankers, M., Frijns, T., Belackova, V., Rossi, C., Svensson, B., Trautmann, F., Laar, M. van (2014). Predicting Cannabis Abuse Screening Test (CAST) scores: A recursive partitioning analysis using survey data from Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. PLoS ONE, 9(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108298

Blankers, M., Schippers, G.M. (2014). Die Zukunft des Internets als Antwort auf Alkohol, Tabak und andere Drogen. Suchtmedizin, 16(4), 165-166.

Ooms, P., Blankers, M., Figee, M., Mantione, M., Munckhof, P. van den, Schuurman, P.R., Denys, D. (2014). Rebound of affective symptoms following acute cessation of deep brain stimulation in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Brain Stimulation, 7(5), 727-731. doi:10.1016/j.brs.2014.06.009

Riper, H., Blankers, M., Hadiwijaya, H., Cunningham, J., Clarke, S., Wiers, R., Ebert, D. (2014). Effectiveness of guided and unguided low-intensity internet interventions for adult alcohol misuse: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 9(6). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099912

Blankers, M., Donker, T., Riper, H. (2013). e-Mental health in Nederland: wetenschappelijke evidentie en uitdagingen voor de praktijk. De Psycholoog, 48(9), 12-23.

Gainsbury, S.M., Blankers, M., Wilkinson, C., Schelleman-Offermans, K., Cousijn, J. (2013). Recommendations for international gambling harm-minimisation guidelines: comparison with effective public health policy. Journal of Gambling Studies. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9389-2

Smit, F., Lokkerbol, J., Riper, H., Majo, M.C., Boon, B., Blankers, M. (2011). Modeling the cost-effectiveness of health care systems for alcohol use disorders: how implementation of e-health interventions improves cost-effectiveness. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(3), e56. doi:10.2196/jmir.1694