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Joost Dekker is Professor emeritus of Allied Health Care at the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research concerns exercise, emotions and meaning in somatic disease (specifically, musculoskeletal disorders, cancer and neurological disorders). He is involved in a wide range of international and national organizations, focusing on the field of behavioral medicine.

Joost Dekker Behavioral Medicine Amsterdam Psychology Research Allied Health Care


Karchoud et al.

Clinical judgment of the need for professional mental health care in patients with cancer: a qualitative study among oncologists and nurses.

J Cancer Surviv., doi: 10.1007/s11764-021-01151-2


Barends et al.

Potentially traumatic events, social support and burden of persistent somatic symptoms: A longitudinal study.

J Psychosom Res, 2022;159:110945

Knoop et al.

Stratified exercise therapy does not improve outcomes compared with usual exercise therapy in people with knee osteoarthritis (OCTOPuS study): a cluster randomised trial.

J Physiother, 2022;68(3):182-190

Dekker, Sears, Åsenlöf, and Berry

Psychologically informed health care.

Transl Behav Med 2023, doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibac105

Dekker J, de Groot V, Ter Steeg AM, Vloothuis J, Holla J, Collette E, Satink T, Post L, Doodeman S, Littooij E.


Setting meaningful goals in rehabilitation: rationale and practical tool.


Clinical Rehabilitation, 2020;34(1):3-12

Dekker et al. 


Clinical management of emotions in patients with cancer: introducing the approach "emotional support and case finding".


Translational Behavioral Medicine 2020 

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