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Prof. Gwendolyn Portzky

Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Ghent University

Professor Medical Psychology

Flemish Suicide Prevention Expertise Centre, Flemish Government


Centre for Eating Disorder & StressClinic, University Hospital Ghent

Clinical Psychologist

Unit for Suicide Research, Ghent University



Email: Gwendolyn.portzky@ugent.be



2008 Postgraduate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Ghent University

2006 Ph.D., Ghent University, Medical Science

1998 M.Sc., Ghent University, Psychology


Publications (Selected)

  1. De Beurs D., Kirtley O., Kerkhof A., Portzky G., O’Connor R. The role of mobile phone technology in understanding and preventing suicidal behavior. Crisis, 2015, 36, 79-82.
  2. Portzky G., van Heeringen C., Vervaet M. Attempted suicide in eating disorder patients. Crisis, 2014, 35, 378-387.
  3. Wittouck C., Van Autreve S., Portzky G., van Heeringen K. A CBT-Based psychoeducational intervention for suicide survivors: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Study. Crisis, 2014, 35, 193-201.
  4. Pil L, Pauwels K, Muijzers E, Portzky G, Annemans L. Cost-effectiveness of a helpline for suicide prevention. J Telemed Telecare, 2013, 19: 273-281.
  5. Wittouck C., Van Autreve S., De Jaegere E., Portzky G., van Heeringen C. The prevention and treatment of complicated grief: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 2011, 31, 69-78.
  6. Wittouck C., De Munck S., Portzky G., van Heeringen C. A comparative follow-up study of aftercare and compliance of suicide attempters following standardized psychosocial assessment. Archives of Suicide Research, 2010, 14, 135-145.
  7. Portzky G., Audenaert K., van Heeringen K. Psychosocial and psychiatric factors associated with adolescent suicide: A case-control psychological autopsy study. Journal of Adolescence, 2009, 32, 849-862.
  8. Scoliers G., Portzky G., van Heeringen K., Audenaert K. Sociodemographic and psychopathological risk factors for repetition of attempted suicide: A 5-year follow-up study. Archives of Suicide Research, 2009, 13, 1-13.
  9. De Munck S., Portzky G., van Heeringen K. Epidemiological trends in attempted suicide in adolescents and young adults between 1996 and 2004. Crisis, 2009, 30, 115-119.
  10. Scoliers G., Portzky G., Madge N., Hewitt A., Hawton K., de Wilde E.J., Ystgaard M., Arensman E., De Leo D., Fekete S., van Heeringen K. Reasons for adolescent deliberate self-harm: a cry of pain and/or a cry of help? Findings from the child and adolescent self harm in Europe (CASE) study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 200944, 601-607.
  11. Portzky G., De Wilde E.J., van Heeringen K. Deliberate self-harm in young people: differences in prevalence and risk factors between the Netherlands and Belgium. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2008, 17, 179-186.
  12. Portzky G., van Heeringen K. Deliberate self-harm in adolescents. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 2007, 20, 337-342.
  13. Portzky G., van Heeringen K. Suicide prevention in adolescents: a controlled study of the effectiveness of a school-based psycho-educational programme. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry,200647, 910-918.
  14. Portzky G., Audenaert K., van Heeringen K. Suicide among adolescents. A psychological autopsy study of psychiatric, psychosocial and personality-related risk factors. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2005, 40 (11), 922-930.
  15. Portzky G., Audenaert K., van Heeringen K.. Adjustment disorder and the course of the suicidal process in adolescents. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2005, 87, 265-270.
  16. Merleve E., Spooren S., Henderick H., Portzky G., Buylaert W., Jannes C., Calle P., van Staey M., De Rock C., Smeesters L., Michem N., van Heeringen K . Perceptions, needs and mourning reactions of bereaved relatives confronted with a sudden unexpected death. Resuscitation, 2004, 61, 341-348.
  17. Naudts K., Portzky G., Audenaert K., van Heeringen C. Repetition of suicidal behaviour following deliberate self-poisoning with pesticides. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 2003, 13, S445-S446.
  18. van Heeringen C, Audenaert K, Portzky G. Risk factors for the repitition of suicidal behaviour: A 5-year follow-up study. In: Grad O. (eds) Suicide Risk and Protective Factors in the New Millenium, Ljubljana: Cankarjev dom, 2001.
  19. Vanhove R., Van De Craen T., Portzky G., van Heeringen C. (2013). Goede praktijken in de opvang van suïcidepogers: evaluatie van het “Project Integrale Zorg Suïcidepogers” in Vlaamse algemene ziekenhuizen. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 69; 657-663.
  20. Portzky G., van Heeringen K. Suicide in young people. Psychologie en Gezondheid, 2009, 37, 197-202.
  21. Van Rijsselberghe L., Portzky G., van Heeringen K. Self harm in adolescents in Flanders. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 2009, 51, 629-640.
  22. Portzky G., van Autrve S., van Heeringen K. Suïcidaal gedrag: epidemiologie en risicofactoren. Huisarts Nu, 2010, 39; 12-21.
  23. Portzky G., Vervaet M. Eetstoornissen diagnosticeren en behandelen. Hoe begint de huisarts eraan in de praktijk? Huisarts Nu, 2009, 38, 221-229.
  24. Portzky G., van Heeringen K. Suïcidaal gedrag bij jongeren. Epidemiologie, risicofactoren en preventie. Tijdschrift voor Jeugdrecht en Kinderrechten, 2009, 4-5, 293-303.
  25. Portzky G., van Heeringen K . Copycat Suicide. Neuron, 2002, 7, 3-9.