Associated research groups


University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communication Research
Prof. dr. Jochen Peter
Persuasive Communication, Corporate Communication, Political Communication & Journalism, Youth & Media Entertainment 
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Center for Health Communication
Prof. dr. Julia van Weert
Lifestyle Communication, eHealth and Technology, Patient Provider Interaction, Groups at Risk, Word of Mouth, Entertainment Communication 
University of Amsterdam
Persuasive Communication
Prof. dr. Julia van Weert
Health communication, Marketing Communication 
University of Amsterdam/Academic Medical Center
Medical Communication
Prof. Ellen M.A. Smets
The overall goal of the Medical Communication research line is to enhance knowledge about the effectiveness of medical communication and thus to further evidence-based medical communication. We consider the following functions as pertinent to medical communication: (1) fostering the relationship, (2) gathering information, (3) providing information, (3) decision making, (5) enabling disease and treatment related behaviour and (6) responding to emotions. Communication is considered effective when it contributes to outcomes related to these functions. Therefore, the research line addresses patient-related outcomes including physical and mental health, satisfaction with health care in general and communication in particular, trust, recall of information,  informed decision making and adherence to medical and lifestyle recommendations. Relevant physician related outcomes include their communicative skills and their satisfaction with their medical performance in general and communication in particular. Increasingly, physiological measures, such as stress related and cardiologic outcomes are addressed.
Ghent University
Health Psychology
Geert Crombez, Liesbet Goubert, Stefaan Van Damme, Tine Vervoort
Attention for pain and bodily sensations, self-regulation in relation to somatic symptoms and (chronic) illness, self-management of illness and illness behaviour, interpersonal processes in pain and chronic illness.  
University Medical Center Groningen
Health Psychology / Research Institute SHARE/ Health Psychology Research
Prof. Mariet Hagedoorn, Prof. Robbert Sanderman
Adjustment to chronic, somatic illness; dyadic coping; psychosocial interventions
Leiden University
Health, medical and neuropsychology
prof. dr. Andrea W.M. Evers
Self-management, stress, eHealth, chronic illness, healthy life style, placebo, medically unexplained symptoms
Maastricht University
Department of Work and Social Psychology, section Applied Social Psychology
Rob Ruiter (professor of Applied Social Psychology)
The Applied Social Psychology section focuses on the application of psychological theory about behaviour and behaviour change to the promotion of health, safety, and a sustainable environment. Areas of interest are: Risk communication and persuasion; Evolutionary approaches to health behaviour; Emotion and Emotion Regulation; Neuroscience methods in Health Psychology; Stigmatisation and Prejudice; Planned behaviour change using the Intervention Mapping protocol
Tilburg University
Center of Research on Psychological and Somatic disorders (CoRPS), Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology
Prof. dr. J. Denollet
Psychological wellbeing, coping, and quality of life in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Psychological interventions in mental and somatic health care.
University of Twente
Centre for eHealth and Wellbeing Research, department of Psychology, Health and Technology
Prof. Ernst Bohlmeijer
Persuasive health technology, positive health & technology, self-management & health assessment, story lab  
Utrecht University
Social, Health, and Organizational Psychology, section Health Psychology, Self-Regulation lab
Prof. Denise de Ridder

Keywords: self-regulation, nudging, resource depletion, emotion and self-regulation, temptation and self-control, health behavior interventions.

Description: Research in the Self-Regulation Lab considers the basic psychological processes that guide self-regulation. In many real-life situations, people hold and intend to pursue long-term goals and at the same time experience immediate distractions, temptations, urges, and frustrations – confronting them with typical self-regulation conflicts. Research in our lab also considers the contextual and personal factors that affect self-regulation processes such as environmental cues, social norms, and personal dispositions.
Wageningen University
Strategic Communication Group
Prof. dr. Emely de Vet
Health Communication and Behaviour Change




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