Hans Hoek, MD, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
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Hans W. Hoek focuses on the epidemiology of eating disorders and schizophrenia, and the effects of prenatal famine. He has a particular interest in cultural psychiatry, as demonstrated in research among traditional health practitioners in KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa, in black and ethnic minorities in the Netherlands Antilles, and in an immigrant population in the city of The Hague. Dr. Hoek is director of the psychiatric residency program and chair of Parnassia Academy, part of Parnassia Psychiatric Institute, The Hague, a large mental health institute with branches across the Netherlands (9,000 employees). He is also affiliated with University of Groningen (The Netherlands), where he holds a position as Professor of Psychiatry.

Dr. Hoek is Associate Editor for a Dutch website for psychiatrists: www.psychiatrienet.nl.

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1977 University of Groningen
  • BS, 1978 University of Groningen
  • MD, 1982 University Medical Center Groningen
  • PhD, 1987 University of Groningen

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member, DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group

Member, DSM-5 Impairment and Disability Study Group

Consultant, WHO International Task Force on Disability Assessment (WHODAS 2.0)

Member, American Psychiatric Association

Member, World Association of Cultural Psychiatry

Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders

Editorial Boards

The International Journal of Eating Disorders

European Eating Disorders Review

Eating and Weight Disorders

Honors & Awards

Stanley Foundation Research Award, 1995 & 1996

Netherlands Academy for Eating Disorders Honorary Membership, 2010

AED Leadership Award in Research, Academy for Eating Disorders, 2011

Membership Chair and (Past) President, Eating Disorders Research Society, 2002-2016


Selected Publications

Smink FRE, Van Hoeken D, Donker GA, Susser ES, Oldehinkel AJ, Hoek HW. Three decades of eating disorders in Dutch primary care: decreasing incidence of bulimia nervosa but not of anorexia nervosa. Psychological Medicine 2016: 46:1189-96.

Hogerzeil SJ, van Hemert AM, Rosendaal FR, Susser E, Hoek HW. Direct comparison of first-contact versus longitudinal register-based case finding in the same population: early evidence that the incidence of schizophrenia may be three times higher than commonly reported. Psychological Medicine 2014; 44:3481-90.

Veling W, Hoek HW, Selten JP, Susser E. Age at migration and future risk of psychotic disorders among immigrants in the Netherlands: A 7-year incidence study. American Journal of Psychiatry 2011; 168:1278-85.

Veling W, Susser E, Van Os J, Mackenbach JP, Selten JP, Hoek HW. Ethnic density of neighborhoods and incidence of psychotic disorders among immigrants. American Journal of Psychiatry 2008; 165:66-73.

Keski-Rahkonen A, Hoek HW, Susser ES, Linna MS, Sihvola E, Raevuori A, Bulik CM, Kaprio J, Rissanen A. Epidemiology and course of anorexia nervosa in the community. American Journal of Psychiatry 2007; 164:1259-65.

Hoek HW, Van Harten PN, Hermans KME, Katzman MA, Matroos GE, Susser ES. The incidence of anorexia nervosa on Curacao. American Journal of Psychiatry 2005; 162:748-52.

Neugebauer R, Hoek HW, Susser E. Prenatal exposure to wartime famine and development of antisocial personality disorder in early adulthood. JAMA 1999; 282:455-62.

Hoek HW, Susser E, Brown A. The Dutch Famine studies: prenatal nutritional deficiency and schizophrenia. In: Susser ES, Brown AS, Gorman JM, editors. Prenatal exposures in schizophrenia. Washington: American Psychiatric Press, 1999:135-61.

Hoek HW, Van Harten PN, Van Hoeken D, Susser E. Lack of relation between culture and anorexia nervosa: results of an incidence study on Curacao. New England Journal of Medicine 1998; 338:1231-2.

Susser E, Neugebauer R, Hoek HW, Brown AS, Lin S, Labovitz D, Gorman JM. Schizophrenia after prenatal famine: further evidence. Archives of General Psychiatry 1996; 53:25-31.