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Prof. dr. Geert Smid

Geert Smid

Bijzonder hoogleraar psychotrauma, verlies en rouw na rampen en geweld
Endowed professor of psychotrauma, loss, and grief after disasters and violence


Kamer 2.10

English biography

Geert Smid is psychiatrist, associate director of residency training, Foundation Centrum '45 / ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, The Netherlands. He published about the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and traumatic grief and stress sensitization. Books: Handboek Traumatische Rouw (2018, with Jos de Keijser and Paul Boelen), Deconstructing Delayed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2011). His current research on PTSD and traumatic grief focuses on meaning attribution and epidemiological and cultural aspects, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.


Rouw na zelfdoding en euthanasie wegens psychische stoornissen [Grief following suicide and euthanasia due to mental disorders] (
Geestelijke verzorging en psychotraumazorg [Spiritual care and psychotraumatology]
Maatschappelijke, systemische en intergenerationele aspecten van psychotrauma, verlies en rouw [Social, systemic and intergenerational aspects of psychotrauma, loss and grief]

Selection of publications

Zie ook

Internationale peer reviewed publicaties 2021

Comtesse, H., Ertl, V., Hengst, S. M. C., Rosner, R., & Smid, G. E. (2021). Ecological grief as a response to environmental change: a mental health risk or functional response?  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 734.

Eisma, M. C., Tamminga, A., Smid, G. E., & Boelen, P. A. (2021). Acute grief after deaths due to COVID-19, natural, and unnatural causes: an empirical comparison. Journal of Affective Disorders, 278, 54-56. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.049

Killikelly, C., Smid, G. E., Wagner, B., & Boelen, P. A. (2021). Responding to the new International Classification of Diseases-11 prolonged grief disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic: a new bereavement network and three-tiered model of care.  Public Health, 191, 85-90. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2020.10.034

Lenferink, L. I. M., Boelen, P. A., Smid, G. E., & Paap, M. C. S. (2021). The importance of harmonising diagnostic criteria sets for pathological grief.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 219, 473-476. doi:10.1192/bjp.2019.240

Lenferink, L. I. M., de Keijser, J., Eisma, M. C., Smid, G. E., & Boelen, P. A. (2021). Treatment gap in bereavement care: (Online) bereavement support needs and use after traumatic loss.  Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 28, 907-916. doi:10.1002/cpp.2544

Smid, G.E., Killikelly, C., & Wagner, B. (2021). Editorial: Grief Disorders: Clinical, Cultural, and Epidemiological Aspects. Frontiers in Psychiatry 12:681523. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.681523

Schuhmann, C., Snijdewind, M.C., van Duijvenbooden, L., Smid, G.E. (2021). “If Only I Could Start All over…” A case study of spiritual care provision to a patient with a psychiatric disorder requesting physician-assisted dying in the Netherlands.  Religions, 12(9):672. doi:10.3390/rel12090672

Soydas, S., Smid, G. E., Lenferink, L. I., Djelantik, A. M. J., Goodfellow, B., Wilson, R., & Boelen, P. A. (2021). Psychopathology in a treatment-seeking sample of homicidally bereaved individuals: Latent class analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.05.026

Ter Heide, F. J. J., de la Rie, S., de Haan, A., Boeschoten, M., Nijdam, M. J., Smid, G., ... & Mooren, T. (2021). Wellbeing and clinical videoconferencing satisfaction among patients in psychotrauma treatment during the coronavirus pandemic: cross-sectional study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology12(1), 1906021. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2021.1906021

Wojtkowiak, J., Lind, J., & Smid, G. E. (2021). Ritual in therapy for prolonged grief: a scoping review of ritual elements in evidence-informed grief interventions.  Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 1655. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2020.623835

Nederlandstalige wetenschappelijke publicaties 2021

Ter Haar, A. & Smid, G.E. (2021) De fenomenologie van de rouw [The phenomenology of grief].  Tijdschrift voor Psychotherapie, 47, 27-41.

Overige vakpublicaties 2021

Smid, G. E., & Boelen, P. A. (2021). Culturally sensitive approaches to finding meaning in traumatic bereavement. In R.A. Neimeyer (Ed.), New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.

selection of publications