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Ymke Kleissen, MSc

PhD student
Room: RA-2414


My research focuses on positive psychological applications in the workplace. I did my Master’s in Positive Psychology and Technology at the University of Twente. In my research, I aim to relate positive psychological qualities like mindfulness and compassion to work- and team performance. As a student assistant, I obtained experience in mentoring, qualitative data analysis and teaching.


  • Mindfulness and Compassion at the Workplace
  • Effective Leader Behaviours
  • Virtuousness
  • Team Performance

Current Research Projects

  • Intervention study into enhancing positivity in the workplace via an app
  • Writing research proposal for funding PhD project   

Current Teaching

  • Processes of Change BSc Honours track – teacher Change at an Individual Level (Q4)
  • Design Honours MSc – trainer

Grants & Awards

TGS Award nomination, Twente Graduate School, September 2016

Beste Profielwerkstuk van Nederland in Maatschappijleer, uitgereikt door Nederlandse Vereniging van Leraren Maatschappijleer (NVLM), 2007


Kleissen, Y. & Schurink, G. (2013). Het Unified Protocol: Een veelbelovende transdiagnostische aanpak. GZ Psychologie, 7, november.

Relevant Practice-oriented Projects

April 2014
Leading an in-service training mindfulness for educated therapists, De Brandemaat

Spring 2013
Co-leading an eight-week Mindfulness at the work place course in a large company

Other Extra Curricular Activities / Varia

2012 – 2016
Workshop leader in improvisational theatre

Spring 2014
Volunteer in care farm

Certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy trainer