Character – character child and adolescent psychiatry

Institute of the Radboudumc Nijmegen

The tasks of the Karakter academic foundation include diagnostics and treatment of children and adolescents with complex mental illnesses. In order to achieve the best results, we look for and offer professional exchange – also across borders: from research results and further training to help for (pediatricians), for example in the form of consultations.

who we are


We help children and adolescents with complex psychological problems – for unimpaired future opportunities. As an academic center, our work is based on the latest knowledge from science and practice.

treatment approach

We know that effective treatment requires a perfect diagnosis. If this requirement is met, we create an individual treatment plan that is tailored to the patient’s problems and living conditions.

numbers & facts

950 employees, 8,500 patients and at
40 percent of them diagnosed autism spectrum disorder. We have put together a few facts and figures that will tell you more about the character of child and adolescent psychiatry.

What we can do for you


We wish the best possible care for mentally ill children and adolescents. That is why the exchange of knowledge is important: we are open to suggestions, share experiences and insights and help with questions.


Do you suspect complex psychological problems in a child or adolescent? We offer you the opportunity to consult our specialists. With their help, the seriousness of the disease can be quickly and accurately assessed.


We offer the latest knowledge from scientific and clinical research. We bundle this knowledge in further training opportunities for a wide range of areas – from psychiatrists to youth workers.



Reinier Postlaan 12, 6525 GC Nijmegen


+31 88 654 52 60 (Leave a message on our answering machine. We will call you back as soon as possible.)



Hans van Geenhuizen MSc, doctor and board member of the Karakter university center
Mission: "In order to achieve the best results for our patients, we seek and offer professional exchange – also with our German neighbors. Regardless of whether you are interested in scientific or clinical research results, further training opportunities or professional support in diagnostics and treatment, we look forward to hearing from you."

Prof. Dr. Wouter Staal, head of training at Karakter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Consultation: "We often hear from parents that they have been looking for an explanation of their children’s behavior for some time – after a clear diagnosis. At Karakter there are specialists for a wide variety of mental illnesses. My areas of expertise are the diagnosis and treatment of small children as well as the diseases ASA, ADHD and personality disorders. If you would also like to be certain of the problems your child is facing, do not hesitate to contact us."

Bas de Veen MSc, Project Leader Innovation & Development, contact person Karakter Akademie
Cooperation: "Child and adolescent psychiatry is known for its good quality in both the Netherlands and Germany. However, we are convinced that the potential has not yet been exploited. Exchange of knowledge and cooperation on an international and intercultural level makes it possible to further improve child and adolescent psychiatric diagnostics and treatment on both sides of the border."


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