Christina was appointed as one of the Inspirational leaders’ Chairs for the 60th Anniversary of the University of York, moved to York and joined Hull York Medical School in 2018. She contributes to teaching in psychiatric epidemiology, stress and medically unexplained symptoms. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Health Sciences, University of York and is a member of the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) and the Centre for Health and Population Sciences (CHaPS).
Christina studied Medicine (1988, cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam, before training in Psychiatry and Epidemiology. She gained her PhD from the Free University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2002, on the topic of Psychiatric consultation for somatoform disorder in general practice.
Her main area of interest is diagnosis, treatment and collaborative care as well as psychiatric consultation models in the interface of somatic symptoms and conditions and common mental disorders and she led the first randomised controlled trials on psychiatric consultation in primary care and on collaborative care in the Netherlands. Other designs that she uses are meta-analytic reviews, clinical epidemiological studies, mixed methods and Delphi studies.
Christina was awarded an endowed Chair of Social Psychiatry at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands, in 2010. Christina collaborates with European and American colleagues and was awarded the distinction International Fellow at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in recognition of significant contributions to Psychiatry (2013).