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Bohlmeijer, prof.dr. E.T. (Ernst)

Prof.dr. E.T. Bohlmeijer

Professor

Presence: Tue. / Wed. / Thu.
Building: Cubicus, room B131b
Telephone: 053 – 489 4470 (secretary)
Fax: 053 – 489 2895
e-mail: e.t.bohlmeijer@utwente.nl

Expertise

Ernst Bohlmeijer graduated in 2007 on the effects of life-review on depression in older adults. Since 2007 he worked as an associate professor and since 2011 as full professor at the department of Psychology, Health & Technology at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences at Twente University. His research comprises two main topics: 1) mental health promotion, 2) the use of (e) technology in (mental) health care. He has a special interest in the development and evaluation of innovative (web-based) interventions in health care. In the last years he was principle investigator and supervisor of over 12 randomized controlled trials. He developed 8 interventions aiming at enhancing resilience and well-being and reducing distress based on positive psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion focused therapy. Since 2012 Ernst Bohlmeijer (co-) published over 80 peer reviewed papers and three scientific books. He was editor of the Dutch Handbook of Positive Psychology. Since 2000 he obtained over 10 grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and other scientific funds.

Function

  • Chair department of Psychology, Health & Technology.
  • Co-director Centre for eHealth and well-being
  • Extraordinary professor Northwestern University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

Current PhD Research projects

  1. Vincent van Bruggen – development and evaluation of existential concerns questionnaire – in collaboration with prof. dr. G. Glas (VU).
  2. Youri Derks – development and evaluation of sensor technology for emotion regulation in people with personality disorders – in collaboration with prof. dr. G. Westerhof and dr. M. Noordzij.
  3. Romy Klein – evaluation of positive diagnostics and treatment of mental disorders – in collaboration with prof. dr. G. Westerhof and dr. K. van Doesum.
  4. Eva Feringa – development and evaluation of interventions aiming at resilience and mental health in organizations – in collaboration with dr. E. Geuze and dr. M. Schotanus-Dijkstra.
  5. Jochem Goldberg – positive education in primary schools – in collaboration with prof. dr. K. Schreurs and dr. A. Clarke.
  6. Marion Spijkerman – evaluation of intervention based on compassion focused therapy for people with stress and self-criticism – in collaboration with prof. dr. K. Schreurs and dr. H. Trompetter.
  7. Sander de Vos – psychological well-being in the context of treatment of eating disorders – in collaboration with prof. dr. G. Westerhof and dr. M. Radstaak.
  8. Bart Geerling – the application of positive psychology as m-health in people with bipolar disorder – in collaboration with prof. dr. R. Kupka and dr. S. Kelders.
  9. Noortje Kloos – evaluation of intervention for nursing homes based on self-determination to enhance well-being – in collaboration with prof. dr. G. Westerhof.
  10. Maartje Witlox – evaluation of online ACT for anxiety of older adults – in collaboration with prof. dr. P. Spinhoven (RUL).
  11. Katinka Franken – the relationship between psychopathology and well-being in clinical populations – in collaboration with prof. dr. G. Westerhof and dr. S. Lamers.
  12. Renate Willems – self-compassion and informal care and treatment – collaboration with dr. P. Vuijk and dr. S. Drossaert.
  13. Annemieke ter Horst – Psychological, ACT-based intervention for people undergoing pain operations – in collaboration with prof. dr. K. Schreurs.
  14. Silvia Pol – the use of narratives and life-stories in the treatment and evaluation of treatment of people with personality disorders – in collaboration with prof. dr. G. Westerhof and dr. A. Sools.
  15. Tom Hendriks – development and evaluation of a positive psychological resilience program for Surinam workers – in collaboration with prof. J. de Jong (UVA).
  16. Annika Walker – Acceptance and commitment therapy as treatment of depression in pregnant women – in collaboration with prof. dr. F. Schellevis and dr. J. Henrichs (VUMC).

Publications (selection)

Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., ten Have, M., Lamers, S.M.A., de Graaf, R., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016). The longitudinal relationship between flourishing mental health and incident mood, anxiety and substance use disorders. The European Journal of Public Health, doi:.10.1093/eurpub/ckw202. (advance access).

Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., Drossaert, C.H.C., Pieterse, M.E., Walburg, J.A., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016). Efficacy of a multicomponent positive psychology self-help intervention: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 4,3: e105.

Weiss, L.A., Westerhof, G.J., Bohlmeijer,E.T. (2016). Can we increase psychological well-being? The effects of interventions on psychological well-being: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Plos ONE 11:e0158092

Derks, P.M.J., Westerhof, G.J., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016). A meta-analysis on the association between emotional awareness and borderline personality pathology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 30: 1-23.

Trompetter, H.R., de Kleine, E., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016). Why does positive mental health buffer against psychopathology? An explanatory study on self-compassion as a resilience mechanism and adaptive emotion regulation strategy. Cognitive Therapy and Research, special issue, article in press.

Spijkerman, M.P.J., Pots, W.T.M., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016). Effectiveness of online mindfulness-based interventions in improving mental health: a review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clinical Psychology Review, 45: 102-114.

Trompetter, H.R., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Lamers, S.M.A., Schreurs, K.M.G. (2016). Positive psychological well-being is required for online self-help acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain to be effective. Frontiers in Psychology, 7: 353.

Veehof, M.M., Trompetter, H.R., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Schreurs, K.M.G. (2016). Acceptance- and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of chronic pain: a meta-analytic review. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45: 5-31.

Pots, W.T.M., Fledderus, M., Meulenbeek, P.A.M., Klooster, P.M. ten., Schreurs, K.M.G., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2016) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a web-based intervention for depressive symptomatology: a randomized controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 208: 69-77.

Kelders, S.M., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Pots, W.T.M., van Gemert-Pijnen, J.E.W.C. (2015). Comparing human and automated support for depression: a randomized, fractional, factorial randomized trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 72: 72-80.

Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., Pieterse, M.E., Drossaert, C.H.C., Westerhof, G.J., Graaf, R. de., Have, M. ten., Walburg, J.A., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2015). What factors are associated with flourishing? Results from a large representative national sample. Journal of Happiness Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-015-9647-3.

Trompetter, H.R., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Fox, J.P., Schreurs, K.M.G. (2015). Psychological flexibility and catastrophizing as associated change mechanisms during online Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for chronic pain. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 74: 50-59.

Lamers, S.M.A., Westerhof, G.J., Glas, C.A.W., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2015). The bidirectional relation between positive mental health and psychopathology in a longitudinal representative panel study. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10: 553-560.

Bohlmeijer, E.T., Lamers, S.M.A., Fledderus, M. (2015). Flourishing in people with depressive symptomatology increases with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Post-hoc analyses of a randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 65: 101-106.

Bruggen, V., van; Vos, J., Westerhof, G.J., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Glas, G. (2015). Systematic review of existential anxiety instruments. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 55: 173-201.

Meulenbeek, P., Christenhusz, L., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2015). Well-being therapy in the Netherlands; letter to the editor. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84: 316-317.

Kohle, N., Drossaert, C.H.C., Schreurs, K.M.G., Hagedoorn, M., Verdonck-de Leeuw, I.M., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2015). A web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: a protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15: 303.

Kohle, N., Drossaert, C.H.C., Oosterik, S., Schreurs, K.M.G., Hagedoorn, M., Uden-Kraan, C.F. van, Verdonck-deLeeuw, I.M., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2015). Needs and preferences of cancer patients regarding a web-based psychological intervention: a qualitative study. JMIR cancer 1 (2).

Kohle, N., Drossaert, C.H.C., Schreurs, K.M.G., Hagedoorn, M., Uden-Kraan, C.F. van, Verdonck-deLeeuw, I.M., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2015). User-centered design: development of a web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients. Psycho-oncology, 24 (suppl. 2), 122-123.

Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., Drossaert., C.H.C., Pieterse, M.E., Walburg, J.A., Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2015). Efficacy of a multicomponent positive psychology self-help intervention: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 4 (3) e105.

Trompetter, H.R., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Veehof, M.M. & Schreurs, K.M.G. (2014). Internet-based guided self-help intervention for chronic pain based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of behavioral medicine, 38: 66-80.