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​​​​UCP researchers work on the major clinical and research themes of the Department. Depending on their focus and discipline they may also be affiliated with one of the UMCG or RUG research programmes and in our regional collaborative projects.​​​The research programmes are embedded in the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation (ICPE) as part of the School of Health Research (SHARE), the Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN). Regional collaboration in research, training and clinical care is organized through the Rob Giel Research center (RGOc)​.​

Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion regulation (ICPE)

The ICPE​ aims to perform high-quality psychiatric research at the crossroads of various disciplines, including Psychiatry, Epidemiology, Social Sciences, Neurosciences, and Internal Medicine. Main goals are to unravel psychobiological processes involved in the onset and course of mood and anxiety disorders, and to develop and evaluate personalized interventions to improve mood-related problems and social-emotional functioning.

Rob Giel Research Center (RGOc)

The RGOc is a collaboration of seven mental health care organizations and the university department, which has created an infrastructure for health (care) research in the three northern provinces. The aim of the center is to stimulate and combine scientific research in the northern mental health organizations to improve treatment of psychiatric patients. The emphasis lies on longitudinal, controlled studies, which focus on (cost) effectiveness and consequences of health interventions.

Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN)

BCN stimulates and integrates education and fundamental research on the neurobiological bases of behavioral and cognitive events. Its mission is to bring together research at different levels: specifications of brain activity at the molecular or cellular level, analyses of physical and mental operations, up to the complex level of information processing.


SHARE's mission is to elucidate factors related to health, notably Healthy Ageing. SHARE performs investigations into determinants and consequences of illness and ageing, quality of life, care and cure. We investigate and evaluate factors which are patient-related (psychosocial, onset of affective disorders, genetic predisposition) and / or healthcare system related (rehabilitation programs, pharmacotherapeutic interventions, public and occupational health, legal and ethical values).

NeuroImaging Center (NIC)

The N​IC research is focused on using and improving neuroimaging techniques for behavioral and cognitive neurosciences.


The iLab is a cooperative in which we seek to integrate clinical and scientific goals by developing personalized etiological models for vulnerability of psychopathology and patient-tailored interventions for psychopathology. To achieve this aim we study (individual differences in) specific mechanisms underlying psychopathology and explore novel treatments tailored to these specific mechanisms. We use and develop repeated measurements methodology with time resolutions high enough to catch within-person variation in a wide range of parameters; e.g. neurobiological, physiological, psychological, and behavioral factors. For this idiographic approach, intensive, longitudinal and detailed measurements are needed, often in real-life settings with ambulatory monitoring.​