Wietse Tol, PhD

Professor, University of Copenhagen Department of Public Health

Wietse is a Professor in Global Mental Health at the Section of Global Health, Department of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen; Professor (Adjunct) at the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Senior Technical Advisor with HealthRight International. He holds an MA in Clinical and Health Psychology (Leiden University), a Ph.D. in Public Mental Health (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), and was a global health postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. Dr Tol’s research and practice focus on mental health and psychosocial support interventions for adversity-affected populations in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, his work centers on (integrated) interventions that address mental health and the social determinants of mental health, and he is very interested in understanding how research can lead to improved practice (and vice versa). He regularly consults with UN agencies and (international) non-governmental organizations in the areas of mental health and psychosocial support needs assessment, intervention selection and development, monitoring, and evaluation.

Email: wietse.tol@sund.ku.dk

Professional Expertise


Epidemiology, Psychology, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Disaster relief/response, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Resilience, Security and safety issues/protection, Stress and coping, Trauma

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Efficacy/effectiveness trials, Human-centered design/design thinking/innovation techniques, Implementation science, Intervention development and testing, Measurement/psychometrics, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods, Research evaluation methods, Survey development, Systematic review/metaanalyses, Theory of change/logic models

Strategies expertise

Community engagement, Capacity building, Dissemination and implementation, Intervention scale-up, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Psychosocial skills, School-based interventions, Support groups, Mindfulness/meditation, Self-help interventions

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Funding agencies, Government agencies, Hospitals/health systems, International NGOs, Schools and universities