Rogier Hoenders, MD, PhD, integrative psychiatrist and head of research and clinical affairs of the CIP

Rogier Hoenders, MD, PhD, is an integrative psychiatrist and head of research and clinical affairs of the Centre for Integrative Psychiatry (CIP) of Lentis in Groningen, the Netherlands. Rogier has a passion for research, education, and healthcare innovation. He initiated and still directs the Lentis lifestyle program, in which patients and staff are trained in mind-body medicine and a healthy lifestyle, including spirituality. As head of clinical affairs, he stimulated and supervised the implementation of mindfulness, compassion training, yoga, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in the CIP. In 2007 with colleagues he developed a model of integrative psychiatry based on integrative medicine, and implemented it in Dutch psychiatry. In 2014 he obtained his PhD in integrative psychiatry at the University of Groningen, advocating the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model in medicine. Rogier’s current research interests are spirituality, lifestyle, and integrative medicine. He was awarded ‘lifestyle practitioner of the year’ in 2022. He runs RCTs on the effects of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Lifestyle change. He is one of the initiators and a core member of the AKWA guideline committee on spirituality in mental healthcare. As a former deputy director of the residency program psychiatry of Lentis and a clinical instructor in psychiatry, Rogier has a passion for teaching. Rogier is the founding president of the Dutch Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health ( As a world expert, Rogier works with WHO and the presidents of other national consortia for integrative medicine on developing policies regarding integrative medicine.

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