From 10/2007 Professor of Geropsychology (Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University)
2007 Lecturer and senior researcher Geropsychology (Department of Clinical Psychology, VU University)
To 10/2014 Head of Program on Aging, Trimbos-institute / Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction. Research is mainly focused on monitoring quality of care and development of innovative interventions, with special attention to healthy aging, quality of life and well-being. Tasks consist of recruitment of project grants, supervising research projects and scientific staff / PhD-students, publishing, implementation, management and policy making.
1997-2007 Senior-researcher. Development of research line on affective and behavioral problems and the use of care among frail older people. Recruitment of project grants, supervising research projects and researchers, publishing, development of research policy and carrying out staff tasks (Department of Nursing Home Medicine / EMGO-institute, VUmc Amsterdam)
1996-1997 Researcher: Writing a literature review on the health of older persons, a collaboration between LASA and RIVM for VTV publication (Department of Psychiatry, VUmc Amsterdam)
1995-2003 Lecturer vocational training Elderly Care Physicians and Social Geriatricians: (development of) education and supervision (4 training groups); Lecturer post-initial training of Geropsychologists (GERION: Department of Elderly Care Medicine, VUmc Amsterdam)
1990-1995 PhD-student: Writing thesis ‘Caregivers' perspectives. A longitudinal study on the psychological distress of informal caregivers of demented elderly" (Department of Psychiatry, VUmc Amsterdam)
1988 Junior-researcher: Writing application for project grant on psychological distress of informal caregivers of demented older persons (Department of Psychiatry, VUmc Amsterdam)
1987-1988 Research-coordinator: The effects of a drug trial on cognitive functioning of mildly demented older persons (Department of Psychiatry, VU)
Clinical positions 2010-2011 Psychologist at Parnassia, in an out-patient clinic for older clients (Dementia and Common Mental Disorders). (Neuro)psychological Assessment and psychological Interventions: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Life Review, Problem Solving Therapy
1996-2001 Psychologist at Zonnehuis Amstelveen, a nursing home with various types of care on somatic, psychogeriatric, long-stay, rehabilitation, and day hospital units. (Neuro)psychological assessment and psychological Interventions focused on residents and family members, directly or via care teams: (Cognitive) Behavioral Therapy, Problem-solving techniques, Mediator-facilitated Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psycho-educational Support Groups and Preventive strategies.
1988-1995 Psychologist at the Johan Weyer Institute, a psychiatric out-patient clinic (now GGz in Geest): Psychological assessment and psychological Interventions: Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive therapy, Client-centered Therapy and Psycho-educational Support Groups (clients under and over 65 years of age)
1988-1990 Psychologist at Waerthove, a nursing home with several units - somatic, psychogeriatric, long-stay, rehabilitation, and day hospital (now part of RIVAS). (Neuro)psychological assessment and psychological interventions of residents, family members, directly or via care teams, including (Cognitive) Behavioral Therapy, Problem-solving techniques, Mediator-facilitated Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psycho-educational Support Groups.
Development of educational courses and teaching
Initial education for Students of (Clinical) Psychology
From 2012 Development of B-theses research projects
From 2012 Research Master, 5th year, 6 ECs. Mental health & aging.
From 2009 Bachelor 2nd year, 6 ECs. Psychological support for older adults.
From 2007 Master 4th year, 6 ECs. Geropsychology.
From 2007 Several classes within other courses (such as GGz and psychopathology; Depression and anxiety)
From 2007 Supervising Master-theses
Post-initial education for Geropsychologists, Elderly Care Physicians and Social Geriatricians
From 2011 Profile training (profielopleiding, post GZ), 1.5 year. RINO-NH / Gerion
1997-2003 Problem-oriented work for geropsychologists; Profiling of geropsychologists; Critical reading; Literature search in electronic databases; Family interventions for geropsychologists (in collaboration with Prof S.H. Zarit, Pennsylvania State University, USA and Dr. Y. Kuin, KUN, Nijmegen)
Vocational training of Elderly Care Physicians and Social Geriatricians
1995-2003 Psychogeriatrics (various subjects, such as challenging behavior and competence), Scientific research, Communication
From 1987 For students of Psychology, Medicine and Nursing: Dementia and burden for patient and family, informal care for people with dementia, elder abuse, sexuality and supervising M-theses.
Board memberships From 2011 Member of Expert-panel to update the national dementia guideline
From 2011 Member of the Global Scientific Committee of Wisdem, comprising 28 experts from 16 countries to share new non-pharmacological evidence-based interventions, test established care models, and develop new approaches adding to the quality of life of the increasing number of people living with dementia
From 2010 Member of INTERDEM, a pan-European network of researchers on early detection and psycho-social interventions in dementia.
From 2010 Board Member of the Division Geropsychologists (SPO) of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP).
From 2010 Member of the Supervisory Board Care Farm Reigershoeve (group living home for people with dementia in a farm setting), Castricum/Heemskerk.
From 2009 Member of the Committee of Guidelines of the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP).
From 2007 Chair of the collaborative project “Global Improvement of Dementia Care” (GIDE) of the IPA and Alzheimer Disease International (ADI).
From 2005 Member of the board of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA). From October 2013 as Treasurer-elect, From October 2015 as Treasurer.
2007-2011 Co-Chair of the 15th international Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) in The Hague (Sept 5-9, 2011) “Reinventing Aging through innovation: research, care and technology. Member of the International Organizational Committee, National Organizational Committee, Scientific Committee, and Marketing Committee. In collaboration with Prof. dr. Frans Verhey.
2011-2012 Member of the Netherlands ‘Platform Integrated Dementia care’
2009 Think tanks: National Knowledge Agenda Dementia; Pressure Cooker Dementie
2009 Member of the scientific committee of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Congress, Montreal. September 1-5.
2008 Co-chair symposium “The International Psychogeriatric Association Advocacy Initiative”. Congress World Psychiatric Association, Prague, Czech Republic, September 24.
2008-2009 Member of the scientific board of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Congress in Montreal, Canada.
2008 Member of the organizing committee of the Congress of the NIP-Section on Geropsychology “Depression and Anxiety in older adults” June 5, 2008.
2008 Member of the NIP-committee to organize the congress “10 years GZ- psychologist”, June 26, 2008
2007-2008 Member of the scientific board of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Congress in Dublin, Ireland.
2007 Member of the organizing committee of the Gerion-symposium “Behavioral problems in dementia” Jan. 25, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2006-2007 Member of the core management team and chair of Centre for Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation of the Trimbos-instituut, Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction.
2006-2007 Member of the scientific board of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Congress in Osaka, Japan 2007.
2005-2006 Task force psychologists ‘Screening and diagnostics for depression in the nursing homes’. (Radboud University UVNN Nijmegen).
2003-2005 Member of the advisory board of the National Dementia Program (NDP). The NDP is an instrument that can be used by regions to improve their supply of services for dementia patients and their informal caregivers.
2003-2004 Member of the Scientific board of the Institute of Research on Extramural Medicine (EMGO).
2003 Member of research advisory board post-doc P.T.M. van Dijk, PhD ‘Co-morbidity indexes’. (VUmc).
2002-2007 Member of research advisory board PhD-student R. Verkaik ‘Development of a guideline on the treatment of mood and behavior problems of dementia patients (NIVEL).
2002-2003 Member of the symposium board ‘Depression and anxiety among older adults: accept or intervene?’ an initiative of the Center for Research on Aging (CVO).
2001-2006 Member of research advisory board PhD-student D. Jansen ‘Effect of a nurse intervention to support dementia patients and their caregivers’ (VUmc).
2001-2005 Acting NIP-Member of the committee ‘Buitenlands Gediplomeerden Volksgezondheid’ of the ministry of VWS.
2001-2004 Member of research advisory board post-doc C.M.P.M. Hertogh, PhD ‘Towards an ethical perspective on multidisciplinary nursing home care for older people with dementia’ (VUmc).
2000-2004 Member of the board “Forum Research in Long-Term Care Facilities” to stimulate research in long-term care facilities.
2000-2003 Chair of the ‘Curriculum’ board, a joined initiative of the Psychologists in the care for the elderly Section (NIP) and the Psychology and the Elderly Society (VPO) to stimulate and to develop education for the training of Healthcare Psychologists in the care for older adults.
1999-2000 Chair of the symposium board ‘Behavioral problems in cognitively impaired older persons: Choices and dilemmas in diagnosis and treatment’ organized by the ‘Psychiatry for older persons board’ (NVVP), the Psychologists in the care for older adults Section (NIP) and the Psychology and the Elderly Society (VPO).
1999 Member of the symposium board ‘Palliative care: An international confrontation’ on the occasion of 10 years of training of nursing home physicians.
1999-2005 Member of the Leo Cahn Foundation, a foundation that stimulated research on psychopathology in the elderly.
1999-2004 Member of research advisory board of PhD-student A.E.M. Eisses ‘Depression in Long term Care Facilities’.
1998-2006 Member and chair (2002-2006) of the national board " Psychology and the Elderly Society" (VPO).
1996-2003 Member of the editorial board of the Alzheimer Magazine.
1994-1998 Member of the advisory board on Elder abuse in the Netherlands (NIZW).
Honors From 7/2013 Honorary Professor at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia (see also Academic Positions)
2010 International Psychosocial Research Award (€ 7,000), for the intervention Mastery over Dementia (www.masteryoverdementia.com). Grant by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and Fondation Médéric Alzheimer for the further development of the intervention. 25th Annual International Conference of ADI/FMA. March 12.
Recruitment of project grants Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction from 9-2004
Responsible for all the recruitments of project grants (Min. VWS, ZonMW, other funds).for the Program on Aging.
Turnover 2013: €638,243 (personnel €588,793 plus in kind support/external hiring);
Turnover 2012: €600,554 (personnel €567,243 plus in kind support/external hiring);
Turnover 2011: €746,467 (personnel €660,964 plus external hiring);
Turnover 2010: €743,702 (personnel €706,139 plus external hiring);
Turnover 2009: €737,163 (personnel €761,134 plus external hiring);
Turnover 2008: €580,554 (personnel €451,935 plus external hiring);
Turnover 2007: €869,971 (personnel €557,454 plus external hiring);
Turnover 2006: €753,056 (personnel €478,742 plus external hiring);
Turnover 2005: €478,012 (personnel €410,418 plus external hiring);
Group home living for dementia patients. Grant by VWS and Zonnehuisgroep in 2003. (A.M. Pot closely involved in writing, € 275,000).
The effect of a stepped care protocol for depression in nursing home residents. Grant by ZonMW in 2001 (applicant: A.M. Pot, 300,000 hfl.).
Depression in Long-Term Care Facilities. Grant by NWO GB-MW CZ-NPA in 1998, Grant by Lundbeck BV and NVVS in 1999 (applicants: prof. W. van Tilburg, prof. J. Ormel, prof. M.W. Ribbe, A.M. Pot closely involved in writing, 685,000 hfl.).
Care trajectories in chronically ill older persons: adaptation to changes in course and use of care Grant NOW-ZOB in 1998 (applicant D.J.H. Deeg, A.M. Pot involved in writing, 300,000 hfl.).
Elder abuse. Grant by Ministry of WVC in 1993 (applicants: C. Jonker and prof. W. van Tilburg, A.M. Pot closely involved in writing, 300,000 hfl.).
The psychological distress of informal caregivers of demented older persons. Grant by University Stimulating Fund and Prevention Fund in 1990 and an additional grant by the EMGO-Institute in 1995 (applicants: prof. R. van Dyck and prof. C.P.M. Knipscheer, A.M. Pot closely involved in writing, 400,000 hfl.).
International collaboration From 2013 U.S.A. –Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies. Prof S.H. Zarit is advisor for research project on the (cost)effectiveness of the internet intervention ‘Mastery over dementia’ for family caregivers of people with dementia
2013 Hong Kong - Department of Medicine & Therapeutics (Geriatrics division), Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Preparing a collaborative research project on an internet intervention for family caregivers with Prof. Timothy Kwok and his team
2013 Switzerland - World Health Organization – Mental Health. Visit for iSupport (Dr. Tarun Dua)
From 2012 Switzerland - World Health Organization – Mental Health. AMP advisor for the development of an internet intervention for family caregivers around the world (iSupport - Tarun Dua and an international team of experts)
2012-2014 U.K. - Bradford University, collaboration on Dementia Care Mapping (Murna Downs)
2010 Spain - International Expert Programme “Environmental Design and its Implications in Alzheimer and Dementia Care: a global perspective”. Invited by The National Reference Centre for Alzheimer and Dementia Care, Salamanca, Spain.
2009 Portugal – Collaboration with Prof. H. Firmino and his research group (University of Coïmbra).
2010/2013 U.S.A. – Collaboration with Prof. M. Mittelman: preparation proposal (New York University School of Medicine: Research Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry; Director of Education and Caregiver Research at the NYU Silberstein Aging & Dementia Research Center).
2009 Switzerland - World Health Organization, collaboration between mhGAP (program WHO) and GIDE (Global Improvement in Dementia Care) (program International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and Alzheimer Disease International (ADI), A.M. Pot, Chair).
2007 U.S.A. – Collaboration with Prof. J. Mintzer (Medical University of South Carolina: Chief Division of Geriatric Psychiatry; Director Alzheimer’s Research and Clinical Programs) working on a grant concerning an intervention to increase the participation of Afro Americans in clinical trials.
2004 U.S.A. – Collaboration with Prof. S.H. Zarit, for research collaboration and preparation of new publication finished in 2006.
2003 U.S.A. – Collaboration with Prof. S.H. Zarit (Pennsylvania State University: Head Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies), for the analyses and publication concerning the Patterns of in-home care and its impact on caregivers using data. 2,5 months in USA).
2001 South Africa – meetings with several researchers at the university of Potchefstroom and Pretoria and visits to several nursing homes.
1990 U.K. – Start of PhD-study, meetings with several researchers: London: Prof. C.J. Gilleard, Dr. R Morris, Dr. B. Woods, Dr. J. Askham, Dr. E. Levin, Dr. I. Sinclair; Nottingham: Prof. Arie, Dr. K. Morgan; Glasgow: Prof. M.L.M. Gilhooly; Dundee: Dr. DS Gordon. Supported by a grant of the council of Europe.