Christian Bouwkamp studied clinical psychology at Leiden University, where he received his degree in 2010. He completed his clinical internship and thesis research at both the Parnassia clinical centre for acute psychiatry under supervision of dr. RFP de Winter, and at the bipolar unit of the outpatient clinic for mood disorders in The Hague under supervision of ME de Kruiff, MD and dr. PMJ Haffmans. His thesis research was on the efficacy of interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) in a group for patients suffering from bipolar disorder. Thereafter, he commenced the Erasmus MC Neuroscience master programme at the Erasmus MC department of Neuroscience, and is now involved in research on the genetic underpinnings of psychiatric disorders at the department of Neurobiological Psychiatry under supervision of prof. dr. Steven Kushner.
Christian Bouwkamp is especially interested in the genetics underlying psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Furthermore, he is involved in research regarding public mental healthcare and pharmacological research attempting to reduce the cognitive side effects that result from electroconvulsion therapy (ECT) in patients suffering from severe unipolar depression.