Trompetter, dr. H.R. (Hester)

dr. Hester Trompetter

Assistant Professor

Presence: Monday - Friday
Building: Cubicus, B116
Telephone:+31 (0)53 – 489 3985; +31 (0)53 – 489 4470 (secretary)
Fax: +31 (0)53 – 489 2895


  • Resilience mechanisms (e.g. positive affect, acceptance of negative experiences, compassion) and the role of these mechanisms in in sustaining or enhancing recovery and well-being of people, in the context of stressors such as chronic pain and other chronic (somatic and psychological) conditions.
  • Psychological treatments related to the above, in particular Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT helps people to successfully regulate unwanted emotions and other experiences to be able to engage in personal goals and valued activities in daily life, despite the presence of chronic pain or other problems.
  • The use of ambulatory monitoring (e.g. smartphones) and online interventions to better understand and treat individuals in their daily life context. A future goal is to develop personalized (and hence, more efficient and effective) psychological interventions for behavior change.

Ongoing activities and projects


  • Coördinating and teaching ‘Applied Positive Psychology’ (Graduate program).
  • Coördinator master Positive Psychology & Technology (Graduate program)
  • Supervisor (under)graduate theses for the graduate program Positive Psychology & Technology.

Present research

  • Systematic reviews on the role and effects of resilience mechanisms in living successfully with chronic pain and illness.
  • Studies on the role of psychological mechanisms for resilient functioning in daily life despite the presence of pain or other forms of stress, amongst other via a newly developed smartphone application to perform intensive longitudinal studies within persons.
  • Development and evaluation of mobile interventions to improve symptom management, recovery and sustainability of well-being in the presence of chronic pain and illness.

Supervisor PhD-projects

A. van der Horst Vergroten van post-operatief herstel en veerkrachtig functioneren op de lange termijn voor patiënten die een orthopedische operatie ondergaan: Ontwikkeling en evaluatie van een online ondersteuningsprogramma gebaseerd op Acceptance & Commitment Therapie.

M. Spijkerman Compassie als een nieuwe psychologische hulpbron voor het vergroten van welbevinden: Meten, interventie-effecten en mechanismen.

B. Geerling Vergroten van zelfmanagement, herstellend vermogen en welbevinden van mensen die lijden aan een bipolaire stoornis: Ontwikkeling en evaluatie van een interactieve mobiele applicatie.

N. Kloos Vergroten van welbevinden van bewoners en werknemers in woon-zorgcentra via inzichten uit de Zelfdeterminatietheorie en Positieve Psychologie.

Other relevant activities

  • Member Program council, IGS Research institute, University of Twente.
  • Member board UT/CTIT Center for Monitoring and Coaching.


Recent publications

PhD thesis defense on 11th September 2014 at the University of Twente. PhD focused on the measurment, efficacy and mechanisms of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for chronic pain. For a PDF, click here.

Trompetter, H. R., Lamers, S. M. A., Westerhof, G. J., Fledderus, M., & Bohmleijer, E. T. (2016). Both positive mental health and psychopathology should be monitored in psychotherapy: Confirmation for the dual-factor model in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Cabrita, M., Lamers, S. M., Trompetter, H. R., Tabak, M., & Vollenbroek-Hutten, M. M. (2016). Exploring the relation between positive emotions and the functional status of older adults living independently: a systematic review. Aging & Mental Health, 1-8.

Trompetter, H. R., Kleine, E., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2016). Why does positive mental health buffer against psychopathology? An exploratory study on self-compassion as a resilience mechanism and adaptive emotion regulation strategy. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 1-10.

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

Pots, W. T., Trompetter, H. R., Schreurs, K. M., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2016). How and for whom does web-based acceptance and commitment therapy work? Mediation and moderation analyses of web-based ACT for depressive symptoms. BMC psychiatry, 16(1), 1.

Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T., Lamers, S. M., & Schreurs, K. M. (2016). Positive psychological wellbeing is required for online self-help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain to be effective. Frontiers in psychology, 7.

Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Fox, J.-P., & Schreurs, K. M. G. (2015). Psychological flexibility and catastrophizing are associated mechanisms of change in acceptance-based intervention for chronic pain. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 74, 50-59.

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

Trompetter, H. R., ten Klooster, P. M., Schreurs, K. M. G., Fledderus, M., Westerhof, G. J., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2013). Measuring values and committed action with the Engaged Living Scale (ELS): Psychometric evaluation in a nonclinical and chronic pain sample. Psychological Assessment, 25, 1235-1246.

Recent conference proceedings

Trompetter, H. R. (2016). Self-compassion and chronic illness: A systematic review. Oral presentation at second international conference for Mindfulness, Rome, May 2016.

Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T., ten Klooster, P. M., Knirsch, P., & Schreurs, K. M. G. (2015). Measuring values and committed action: The Engaged Living Scale. Oral presentation at conference Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), Berlin, July 2015.

Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T., Veehof, M. M., Fox, J.-P., & Schreurs, K. M. G. (2015). RCT on the efficacy of web-based ACT for chronic pain: Effects and mediators and moderators of change. Oral presentation at conference Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie (NVvP), Maastricht, Mei 2015.

Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Schreurs, K. M. G. (2015). Does Acceptance & Commitment Therapy work as proposed by the psychological flexibility model? Oral presentation at conference Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH), Ghent, February 2015.

Full CV

For a full CV, click here.