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Workshop participants of the department of Psychology, Health & Technology

(Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences)

Ernst Bohlmeijer (prof. dr.)

Ernst Bohlmeijer is Professor in Mental Health Promotion at the University of Twente and head of the department of Psychology, Health and Technology (PGT). In 2012 he spoke his inaugural lecture entitled: ‘Eudaimonia’ – subject for psychologists – a plea for a reorientation of our mental health care approach’. His research interests primary involve the design and evaluation of (technology-supported) interventions that promote positive mental health and person-oriented health care. Among others things, he examines mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, narratives and autobiographical reflection. Target groups include a range of forms of psychopathology (e.g. mild depression), but also chronic diseases such as cancer and chronic pain. Several recently written books by Ernst include the (Dutch) theoretical books ‘Psychology of the Art of Living’ and the ‘Handbook of Positive Psychology’.

Ernst is one of the coordinators of the Centre for Monitoring and Coaching.

Prof.dr. E.T. Bohlmeijer

Karlein Schreurs

(prof. dr.)

Karlein Schreurs is Professor in Diagnostics and Treatment of Chronic pain and Fatigue at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology. Additionally, she works as a senior clinical psychologist at the Roessingh Rehabilitation Centre, and is also associated with the Telemedicine Group of Roessingh Research & Development.

The mission of my Chair is to develop more effective treatments for people in chronic pain and fatigue. Chronic pain is highly prevalent, and for many patients there is at present no other solution than to learn to live with pain and fatigue. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and interventions based on Positive Psychology can effectively promote physical and mental health. I strive for a wide availability in our health care system of these interventions. Ehealth is a first step, and I hope that more (efficient) use of technology can help my mission.

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Hester Trompetter


In 2014, Hester defended her PhD on the measurement, efficacy and mechanisms of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for chronic pain at the University of Twente. Within this thesis, technology was applied as both a medium for intervention (in a RCT on the efficacy of web-based ACT for pain), and also as an in-depth measurement instrument using smartphones (in the execution of a study on the mechanisms of ACT during treatment). As an Assistant Professor at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology, Hester’s interests still include chronic pain and psychosocial treatment for chronic pain. Additionally, her work focuses on the role of resilience mechanisms (e.g. positive affect, pain acceptance, mindfulness) in successful adaptation to chronic pain. Central in this research is the design, application and evaluation of ambulatory monitoring systems to be better able to understand and treat chronic pain patients in their daily life context.

Hester is part of the Organizing Committee of the Centre for Monitoring and Coaching.

dr. Hester Trompetter

Christina Bode


Christina Bode is Assistant Professor in Health Psychology at the Department of Pyschology, Health and Technology.

My research line is focused on understanding, measuring and influencing fatigue and vitality in chronic illness with technology. The broader health-psychological context is on adaptation to chronic somatic disease from a self-regulation perspective with attention for life span issues.

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Stans Drossaert


Stans Drossaert is Associate Professor in Health Psychology at the Department of Pyschology, Health and Technology.

I am interested in how psychology (e.g. behavioral change techniques, social comparison & social support) may enhance the effectiveness of online health monitoring tools, and how, vice versa, these tools may affect psychological variables as social support, self-efficacy, empowerment,  and well-being. I have been studying topics as: impact of home access to EMR on patient-empowerment, improving patient participation in medical decision making by online decision aids, the value of online peer-to-peer support. I’m also interested in how technology can be used to reach hard-to-reach groups, such as patients with low (health) literacy.  

Dr. C.H.C. Drossaert

Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen (prof. dr.)

Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen is Professor in Persuasive Health Technology at the University of Twente (department of Psychology, Health and Technology). In my research and education I focus on usability and persuasiveness of health-technology. Central is the question how persuasive technology can increase the trust, adoption and adaptation of technology in healthcare. In our research we monitor how technology is used, which patterns in use- and user-data we can identify (using logdata, machine learning) and what persuasive techniques are effective for personalized coaching based on monitoring and analysing data (algorithms). Lisette collaborates with the UCMG in Groningen, and Universities of Waterloo (Canada) and Oulu (Finland) in designing persuasive health technology.

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Nienke Beerlage – de Jong (Msc.)

Nienke is PhD-student at the Center for eHealth Research and Disease Management that falls under the Chair of Lisette van Gemert. I work for the INTERREG IVa project EurSafety Health-net, which aims to increase patient safety through prudent antimicrobial prescribing and infection prevention and –control. In my research, I focus on the development, design and implementation of persuasive technology, to support healthcare professionals in reaching these aims.


Saskia Kelders


Saskia Kelders is Assistant Professor at the University of Twente. Het PhD thesis focused on adherence towards eHealth-technology. Her research interests include the use and design of persuasive and positive technology in mental health care. Central is the question: How can positive psychology and technology mutually strengthen each other to increase individuals’ well-being.

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Peter ten Klooster


Peter ten Klooster is Assistant Professor at the department of Psychology Health, and Technology. He studied Communication Science at the University of Twente. Shortly after his graduation in 2002, he started working at the department of Communication Studies of this university as a research assistant. In 2004 he started a PhD project on the assessment of health status by self-report questionnaires. In June 2008 he received his PhD for his thesis entitled “Interpreting patient-reported outcomes in rheumatology.” His research interests include (modern) psychometrics, health assessment, and “the patient perspective” specifically with respect to rheumatic diseases.

Nadine Köhle


Nadine is PhD-student at the department Psychology, Health & Technology.

During the first two years of my PhD-project I developed a web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients. It aims to support partners in their role as a caregiver and all the challenges that come along with a diagnosis of cancer. Personally, I’m interested in: positive psychology & persuasive technology, eHealth and co-creation.




Olga Kulyk


Olga Kulyk, PhD is an Assistant Professor with expertise in user-centred design, information visualization, eHealth and multidisciplinary collaboration in smart environments. Olga has over 8 years of academic and industrial experience in coordinating multidisciplinary design projects in bioinformatics, care, education and software engineering. Her current research focuses on holistic participatory design and evaluation for lifestyle change support, wellbeing and self-management through persuasive design and personalized eHealth coaching services, decision aids and serious gaming applications.

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Sanne Lamers


Sanne is Assistant Professor at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente. My research interests include well-being, positive psychology, positive mental health, online interventions, online coaching, older adults, psychiatry, life-review and reminiscence, life stories, automated analysis of emotions 

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Matthijs Noordzij


Matthijs Noordzij is an Assistant Professor of Human Factors and Engineering psychology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He coordinates and supervises several projects where ambulatory physiological measurements are integrated in real-life (care) settings. In addition, he works on User-Centered design of both products and processes related to (energy) technology.

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Marloes Postel


Marloes is Assistant Professor at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology, and additionally works as researcher at Tactus Verslavingszorg (addiction care) at the department of web-based treatment.

Her research focuses on the effectiveness of web-based treatment in addiction care. Among other things, she examines effect, client profiles and adherence. She is also interested in innovations in web-based treatment, such as blended care and web-based treatment combined with Cognitive Bias Modification Training.

Floor Sieverink


Floor is PhD student at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology since 2012. Her background is in communication science. Her PhD focuses on e-Vita, an online health platform for integral care for chronic patients having diabetes, COPD or chronic heart failure (CHF).

Anneke Sools


Anneke Sools is Assistant Professor at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology. She is co-founder of the Dutch Network for Narrative Research and of the Dutch lifestorylab. Sools received her PhD at the University for Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, based on a dissertation about narrative research methodology in the context of health promotion. Main current research themes include ‘Narrative (future) technology assessment and the relationship with well-being and resilience’ and ‘Computer-aided qualitative and narrative research methodology’

Erik Taal


Erik Taal is Associate Professor at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology. Erik is involved in research concerning psychosocial aspects of rheumatic diseases. This research is performed in cooperation with the Arthritis Centre Twente (Department of Rheumatology and clinical immunology of the hospital Medisch Spectrum Twente in Enschede). Central theme of the research is “The patient perspective”. Two research lines can be distinguished: “Patient support and information technology” and “Evaluation of instruments for the assessment of health status and quality of life”.

Jan Walburg

(prof. dr.)

Jan Walburg is Professor in Positive Psychology at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology. One of his many work experiences include being Chair of the Trimbos Institute.

Laura Weiss


Laura Weiss is PhD student at the department of Psychology, health and Technology. She investigates the innovative intervention ‘Happiness Route’, which is directed to people who are socially isolated and who have a low SES and health problems. In the Happiness Route, it will be examined what they want with their lives by asking them: “What makes you happy?”, instead of focusing on their problems. As a nudge towards activation, they can spend up to 500€ for an activity they are passionate about.

Gerben Westerhof

(prof. dr.)

Gerben Westerhof is director of the Dutch Life Story Lab. His specialties are aging, stories, and mental health. He is interested in the meaning of personal stories for health and well-being and the effectiveness of narrative technology-supported interventions that aim to promote health and well-being.  He combines this focus with interests in computational methods for the automatic analysis of verbal and nonverbal aspects of storytelling.