Heleen Riper is full professor of eMental-Health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Department Clinical, Developmental and Neuro Psychology, section Clinical Psychology, The Netherlands) and works as well at the Amsterdam UMC, location Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Psychiatry (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
She is honorary professor Telepsychiatry at the University of Southern Denmark (Faculty of Health Sciences, Odense) and a visiting professor at the University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine, Finland.
Over the past 20 years her research focus has been on the development, evaluation, and implementation of innovative digital mental health interventions for common mental disorders, including suicide prevention and treatment. The scope of her current research activities includes the evaluation of mobile health and combined online and face to face (‘blended’) treatments for these disorders. New methodological challenges include the development and evaluation of mobile ecological momentary assessments and interventions (EMA/EMI), patient-centered design and digital phenotyping. She has opted for an international perspective and collaboration throughout her academic career and acted as Principal Investigator of over 15 large scale European Union projects and reviewer for Research Funding Organizations globally. She was Principal Investigator/coordinator of the European Comparative Effectiveness study on Internet Interventions for Depression (E-COMPARED, www.e-compared.eu). She has published over 320 (international) peer reviewed papers and book chapters within the digital mental health domain (H index 54 as per 2022). In 2020 she has been ranked by the Web of Science™ in the top of 1% mostly cited researchers in her cross-sectional domain. In 2013 Heleen Riper (co) founded the Journal of Internet Interventions of which she was associated editor (published by Elsevier) and from 2014 - 2016 she was President of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII). Since 2018 she is director of the DIFFER EU-Consortium (Digital Framework For E-health Research) which provides a technological not-for-profit platform (Moodbuster 2.0) for mental-health researchers who aim to develop, evaluate and implement the digital interventions (www.moodbuster.science ). By June2021 she became chief section editor for the digital mental health journal of Frontiers of Psychiatry.