Junus van der Wal (1991) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Urban Mental Health, an interdisciplinary research priority area of the University of Amsterdam. He is based at the Faculty of Medicine, in the departments of Psychiatry and Public Health.
Born and raised in Groningen, he moved to Amsterdam to study medicine. After obtaining his medical degree, he worked at several psychiatric clinics for 1.5 years, before joining the Centre in 2020 to start his full-time Ph.D. His research focusses on targeting high-risk groups for depression in an urban setting, with a special focus on the role of ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
He was the first author of the research group’s position paper, published in Lancet Psychiatry in 2021, and also wrote a paper on the impact of socioeconomic status on the effect of online treatment for depression .