PhD student



Monday and Thursday

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Cubicus B.120


Phone number

+31 53 489 4470 (secr.)





Dutch profile




As a PhD-student, I’m focused on:

-      Alexithymia

-      Emotional Awareness

-      Borderline Personality Pathology

-      mHealth in the field of mental health

-      user centered design in mental health settings


As a Health Psychologist, I’m familiar with:

-      Mental health disorders, in particular with personality disorders and (complex) PTSD

-      Psychological testing

-      Diagnosing disorders

-      Treatment of disorders by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), schema-focused therapy (SFT), dialectical behaviorial treatment (DBT), EMDR, Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)


-      Experiencing psychosis: Schizophrenia Spectrum Problems (Psychopathology)


-      Diagnosis of personality disorders (Psychodiagnostics) – VAKCODE?

-      The individual – Psychodynamic Perspective. VAKCODE?

Research projects

-      Project Sense-IT

Main researcher/PhD-student; in collaboration with Prof. Dr. E.T. Bohlmeijer [PHT], Prof. Dr. G. Westerhof [PHT], Dr. M.L. Noordzij [CPE/PHT], Dr. R. Klaassen [HMI]


The project’s ultimate goal is to design an effective and efficient mHealth e-coaching intervention that can help BPD patients with low emotional awareness to learn to better recognize and monitor their own emotional arousal.

Several mental health institutes are partner in this project. These are: GGNet – Scelta; De Bascule; Plureijn.


Derks, Y.P.M.J, Westerhof, G.J., and Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016). A Meta-Analysis on the Association Between Emotional Awareness and Borderline Personality Pathology. J Pers Disord: p. 1-23.

Derks, Y. P. M. J., De Visser, T., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Noordzij, M. L. (2017). mHealth in Mental Health: How to efficiently and scientifically create an ambulatory biofeedback e-coaching app for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder.  submitted

Derks, Y., Westerhof, G., & Bohlmeijer, E. (2014). Emotionele gewaarwording. In B. Van Heycop ten Ham, M. Hulsbergen, & E. Bohlmeijer (Eds.), Transdiagnostische factoren (1st ed., pp. 183–210). Amsterdam: Boom.