Tine Van Bortel

Principal Investigator

Tine Van Bortel

Tine Van Bortel (PhD) is a matched-funded ARC EoE Principal Investigator in Public Mental Health & Wellbeing. She is currently Co-P.I. on the UK-wide ‘Coronavirus: Mental Health in the Pandemic’ study which is a repeated cross-sectional survey and mixed-method study investigating population mental health (both in adults and in adolescents) across the UK. She also co-leads on several evidence reviews, interventions and evaluations into public health approaches to address young people’s mental health, suicide prevention population preparedness, and determinants of healthy lifestyles and wellbeing. The overall focus and aim of her work is to “investigate the determinants of health and wellbeing in and across contexts in order to properly understand and appropriately address these to promote and improve quality of life for people and planet”.

Previously, as part of the NIHR CLAHRC EoE, Tine led the Prison Mental Health programme researching into ‘Care for older people with dementia in prisons and upon resettlement’. She was also Co-Investigator on CLAHRC PROMISE (PROactive Management of Integrated Services and Environments for mental health), and Advisor to the ‘Young care leavers transitioning’ project (led by Dr Dunn). Additionally, Tine worked and led on several global mental health programmes including, for instance, ‘Mentally healthy workplaces’ (as part of her mandate with the World Economic Forum), ‘Quality of Care and Human Rights in Mental Health’ (as part of her collaboration with the World Health Organisation), ‘Mental health policy development and implementation in Malaysia’, ‘Evaluating mental health in primary care in Indonesia’, ‘Ethical practices for research into health in humanitarian crises’ (multi-country), and ‘Understanding stigma and discrimination of people with depression’ (multi-country).  

Tine has a background in Medical Humanities, Social Sciences & Health, Global Mental Health, and Sustainable Development & Health. She also holds a Professional qualification and related practical experience as a Mental Wellbeing Coach (FRTC/BACP CPD).

Along with her role at the University of Cambridge, Tine is also Professor of Global Health & Wellbeing at De Montfort University Leicester, Mandated Mental Health Expert with the World Economic Forum, World Health Organisation Collaborator on Mental Health, and Research Capacity Building Trainer with the Institute for Research & Development in Sri Lanka.