Pots, Dr. W.T.M. (Wendy)

drs. Wendy Pots







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Wendy Pots is a lecturer and a postdoc-researcher at the University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Department of Psychology, Health and Risk. She also works as a clinical psychologist at Dimence in Almelo. Her expertise is in the field of behavioural and cognitive therapy, treatment of complex trauma and personality disorders. She is trained in various techniques and therapies including Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


THE EFFICACY OF MBCT IN A NON-CLINICAL POPULATION: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial

GGNet has adapted the original MBCT training to suit a sub-clinical group of adults with mild and moderate depressive symptomatology. The University of Twente has studied the effect of the course in cooperation with four Dutch community mental health services. The design is a pragmatic, multi-site, randomised controlled trial comparing MBCT with a waiting list control condition. The participants are adults aged 18 and older presenting depressive symptoms. Primary outcome is depression. Secondary outcomes are anxiety, positive mental health, psychological flexibility and mindfulness.

Drs. Wendy Pots

Prof . Dr. Ernst Bohlmeijer

Dr. Peter Meulenbeek

Dr. Martine Veehof


WEB-BASED INTERVENTION ‘LIVING TO THE FULL’: a randomized controlled trial

During the PhD project the focus is on prevention of mental disorders. Depression and anxiety disorders are common health problems among adults in the Netherlands. These disorders have a major negative impact on the quality of life of the patient. Moreover, these disorders yields enormous health care costs annually. In addition to treatment, there is an increasing evidence for prevention and early intervention as a cost effective alternative to reduce the incidence of mental disorders. The main risk factors for developing a mental disorder are the presence of moderate psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Indicated prevention and early intervention are therefore important alternative strategies.

The University of Twente has therefore developed a web-based treatment called "Living to the full". This online course is based on Acceptance and Commitment Theory and mindfulness, and can be used both as indicated prevention and early intervention.

Central to the PhD program is the study of the (cost-) effectiveness of this course. We will study its effectivity of the web-based treatment on psychological symptoms, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, positive mental health, and economic costs in a randomized controlled trial. The target group consists of adults aged 18 and older with depressive symptomatology and mild to moderate mood disorders, without serious psychopathology.

During my PhD I will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Ernst Bohlmeijer (promotor), and Prof. Dr. Karlein Schreurs, and Dr. Peter Meulenbeek.