Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

Think Tank: Dynamical systems, complex networks, and psychiatric disorders

15Sept2017 18Sept2017


The IAS hosts a think tank on dynamical systems, complex networks, and psychiatric disorders. The event is a collaboration with Denny Borsboom’s Psychosystems Project (ERC grant), dedicated to the development of network models for psychiatric disorders.


In recent years, the conceptualisation of psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression) as complex systems of mutually interacting problems that form vicious cycles (e.g., insomnia-->fatigue-->concentration problems-->depressed mood-->insomnia) has gained a prominent position in the fields of psychiatry and clinical psychology. This think tank aims to bring together specialists from psychiatry, complex network analysis, and dynamical systems modeling. It's a continuation of an earlier workshop in 2011 organised by Marten Scheffer, which has resulted in important papers published in journals such as PNAS and Psychological Medicine.

The goal of the think tank is to further develop approaches in which network models for mental disorders are analysed in terms of resilience, phase transitions, and early warning signals and applied to theory and data for psychiatric disorders.


  • Claudia van Borkulo (Network modeling)
  • Denny Borsboom (Methodology, Network theory)
  • Laura Bringmann (Time series, Psychology)
  • Angélique Cramer (Network theory)
  • Sacha Epskamp (Network models, Time series)
  • Eiko Fried (Clinical psychology, Networks)
  • Sanne Gijzel (Ageing research, Dynaminal systems)
  • Jessica Hartmann (ESM, Psychiatry)
  • Kenneth Kendler (Psychiatric genetics)
  • Jolanda Kossakowski (Network models)
  • Ingrid van de Leemput (Ecology, Dynamical systems)
  • Hanna van Loo (Psychiatry)
  • Han van der Maas (Mathematical psychology)
  • Egbert van Nes (Ecology, Dynamical systems)
  • Roseann Peterson (Psychiatric genetics)
  • Don Robinaugh (Clinical Psychology, Network theory)
  • Marten Scheffer  (Ecology, Dynamical systems)
  • Lourens Waldorp (Network models, statistics)
  • Marieke Wichers (ESM, Psychiatry)

The think tank is organised as part of the IAS research programme: Health Systems Complexity

Scientific Lead  

prof. dr. D. (Denny) Borsboom

Published by  UvA Institute for Advanced Study