Chris Geraets

Post doc

Chris Geraets is, since november 2020, a postdoctoral researcher at the Regional Forensic Psychiatric Clinic in Växjö and the Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund university. Chris is also affiliated to the Centre of Ethics, Law and Mental Health at Gothenburg university. She has a MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology, and she obtained her PhD in 2020 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

In 2014, she started her PhD research at the University Medical Center in Groningen (the Netherlands). Her researche concerned experimental research on behavior in virtual reality (VR) as well as investigating the effects of a novel VR-based cognitive behavioral therapy (VR-CBT) in patients with a psychotic disorder and generalized social anxiety disorder (SAD). VR-CBT was found to be effective, and has been implemented in Dutch health care. Chris has also worked at the educational institute for clinical psychologists in the Netherlands, teaching and supervising research projects.

As a researcher, Chris is predominantly interested in VR assessment and interventions. Currently she is focussing on whether we can use VR to give a new dimension to assessments in forensic psychiatry, and whether this will provide additional information to the diagnostic process. This might be the case as one of the advantages of VR is that we can assess people within (virtual) social environments, while residing in the safe surrounding of the treatment room.


Geraets CNW, Snippe E, van Beilen M, Pot-Kolder R, van der Gaag M, Veling W. The effect of VR cognitive behavioral therapy for paranoia on the dynamic network structure of affect in psychosis: a randomized controlled trial. Schizophrenia Research. 2020. (IF: 4.6, open access).

Pot-Kolder R, Veling W, Geraets CNW, Lokkerbol J, Smit F, Jongeneel A, Ising H, van der Gaag M. Cost-effectiveness of virtual reality cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2020. (IF: 4.9, open access).

Klein Tuente S, Bogaerts S, Bulten E, Keulen-de Vos M, Bokern H, van IJzendoorn S, Geraets CNW,  Veling W. Virtual Reality aggression prevention therapy (VRAPT) versus waiting list control for forensic psychiatric inpatients: a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020. (IF: 3.3, open access)

Nijman SA, Veling W, Greaves-Lord K, Vos M, Zandee CER, aan het ROT M, Geraets CNW, Pijnenborg GHM. Dynamic Interactive Social Cognition Training in Virtual Reality (DiSCoVR) for People With a Psychotic Disorder: Single-Group Feasibility and Acceptability Study. JMIR Mental Health. 2020.

Begemann MJH, Thompson IA, Veling W, Gangadin SS, Geraets CNW, van ‘t Hag E, Müller-Kuperus SJ, Oomen PP, Voppel AE, van der Gaag M, Kikkert MJ, Van Os J, Smit HFE, HAMLETT group, de Haan L, Sommer IEC. Antipsychotic medication maintenance versus dose-reduction/discontinuation in first episode psychosis. HAMLETT (Handling Antipsychotic Medication Long-term Evaluation of Targeted Treatment): a pragmatic multicenter single-blind randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020.

Geraets CNW, van Beilen M, van Dijk M, Kleijer H, Köhne C , van der Hoeven JH, Groen GJ, Curcic-Blake B, Schoevers RA, Maurits NM#, Kortekaas R#. Lack of Analgesic Effects of Transcranial Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulation in Neuropathic Pain Patients: A Randomized Double-Blind Crossover Trial. Neuroscience Letters. 2019.

Geraets CNW, Veling W, Witlox M, Staring ABP, Matthijssen SJMA, Cath D.  Virtual reality based cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with generalized social anxiety disorder: a pilot study. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy. 2019.

Nijman SA, Veling W, Greaves-Lord K, Vermeer R, Vos M, Zandee CER, Zandstra D, Geraets CNW, Pijnenborg GHM. 2019. Dynamic Interactive Social Cognition Training in Virtual Reality (DiSCoVR) for social cognition and social functioning in people with a psychotic disorder: Study protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry.

Pot-Kolder R#, Geraets CNW#, Veling W, Staring ABP, Gijsman HJ, Delespaul PA, van der Gaag M. Effects of virtual reality based cognitive behavioural therapy for paranoid ideation and social avoidance in patients with a psychotic disorder: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Psychiatry. 2018.

#Shared first authorship.

Geraets CNW, van Beilen M, Pot-Kolder R, Counotte J, van der Gaag M, Veling W. Social environments and interpersonal distance regulation in psychosis: A virtual reality study. Schizophrenia Research. 2018, 96-101.

Pot-Kolder R, Veling W, Geraets CNW, van der Gaag M. Effect of virtual reality exposure therapy on social participation in people with a psychotic disorder (VRETp): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 1. 2016, 17-25.

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