Lamers, dr. S.M.A. (Sanne)

Dr. S.M.A. Lamers

Assistant professor

Presence: Mo. till Fr.
Building: Cubicus, room B116
Telephone: +31 (0)53 – 489 6059; +31 (0)53 – 489 4470 (secretary)


  • Positive mental health: mental health from a positive perspective as the presence of emotional, psychological and social well-being.
  • Positive psychology and the importance of focusing on positive mental health in addition to psychopathological symptoms.
  • Psychology, in particular psychogerontology: the psychology of aging and the second half of life.
  • Reminiscence and life-review: recollecting personal memories and effects on well-being.

Research projects

  • The two-continua model: Positive mental health in relation to psychopathological symptoms.
  • The development and evaluation of the guided self-help intervention The stories we live by, based on life-review, both a help book and an online intervention.
  • Well-being and resilience among primary school teachers.
  • The relation between verbal and non-verbal emotional expression during a life-review intervention.


Lamers, S.M,A., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Korte, J., & Westerhof, G.J. (2014). The efficacy of life-review as online-guided self-help for adults: a randomized trial. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu030

Bohlmeijer, E. T., Westerhof, G. J., & Lamers, S. M. A. (2014). The development and initial validation of the Narrative Foreclosure Scale. Aging & Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2014.896865

Lamers, S.M.A., Smit, A. & Hutschemaekers, G.J.M. (2013). Het meten van welbevinden en optimaal functioneren. In E. Bohlmeijer, L. Bolier, G. Westerhof & J.A. Walburg (Eds.), Handboek positieve psychologie: theorie, onderzoek, toepassingen (pp. 387-397). Amsterdam: Boom.

Truong, K.P., Westerhof, Gerben J., Lamers, Sanne M.A., Jong, F.M.G. de & Sools, Anneke (2013). Emotional expression in oral history narratives: comparing results of automated verbal and nonverbal analyses. In Computational Models of Narrative. Schloss Dagstuhl.

Joshanloo, Mohsen, Wissing, Marie P., Khumalo, Itumeleng P. & Lamers, Sanne M.A. (2013). Measurement invariance of the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF) across three cultural groups. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(7), 755-759.

Lamers, S.M.A., Westerhof, G.J., Bohlmeijer, E.T. & Keyes, C.L.M. (2013). Mental health and illness in relation to physical health across the lifespan. In J.D. Sinnott (Ed.), Positive Psychology: Advances in understanding adult motivation (pp. 19-33). New York: Springer.

Lamers, S. M. A. (2012). Positive mental health: Measurement, relevance and implications. Enschede, the Netherlands: University of Twente (doctoral thesis).

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Lamers, S. M. A., Westerhof, G. J., Kovács, V., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2012). Differential relationships in the association of the Big Five personality traits with positive mental health and psychopathology. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 517-524. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2012.05.2012.

Lamers, S. M. A., Glas, C. A. W., Westerhof, G. J., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2012). Longitudinal evaluation of the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF): Measurement invariance across demographics, physical illness and mental illness. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 28, 290-296. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000109

Lamers, S.M.A., Bolier, L., Westerhof, G.J., Smit, F., & Bohlmeijer, E.T. (2012). The impact of emotional well-being on long-term recovery and survival in physical illness: A meta-analysis. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 538-547. doi: 10.1007/s10865-011-9379-8

Lamers, S.M.A., Westerhof, G.J., Bohlmeijer, E.T., ten Klooster, P.M., & Keyes, C.L.M. (2011). Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF). Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67(1), 99-110.

Westerhof, G. J., Lamers, S. M. A., & Vries, D. R. S. L., de. (2010). Effecten van het ophalen van autobiografische herinneringen op emotioneel welbevinden bij ouderen. Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie, 1, 5-12.