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Room: Cubicus C140
Phone number: +31 53 489 8094; +31 53 489 4470 (secr.)
In June 2013, I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Twente. For my bachelor’s thesis, I conducted a quantitative study about the effect of cognitive workload on the improvement of lie detection by means of skin conduction. After this I have completed five master's courses in September 2013 in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University.
In February 2014, I started with the master’s program Positive Psychology & Technology at the University of Twente. I did an internship at GGNet, at the department of prevention for a period of nine month. Here I was (co-)trainer of preventive training for informal caregivers in mental health care. Themes of these trainings were dealing with mental disorders such as autism, ADHD and depression. Besides these courses I gave workshops on ACT and How to sleep better for informal caregivers as (co-)trainer.
In my master's thesis, titled Daily experiences of patients with chronic pain, Measured with ESM - a systematic review, I wrote about the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) used on patients with chronic pain in order to monitor daily changes of pain and psychological factors, such as acceptance and optimism. In a systematic review, I summarized studies about ESM that measured the relationships between chronic pain and those psychological factors (several times) a day.
Since June 2016 I am involved in the Online Life Story Book (OLSB) project as a junior researcher. The OLSB is an intervention for people with early-stage dementia and their informal caregivers. In collaboration with the health care institution Livio, this project started in February 2016 with Teuntje Elfrink, MSc, as the principal investigator of this project and with Prof. dr. Gerben Westerhof as the leader of this project. Purpose of the OLSB is to reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms of people with early-stage dementia, improve the interpersonal relationship between patient and caregiver, and reduce the burden on the caregiver. This project is funded by ZonMw Memorable, Alzheimer Netherlands and PGGM.
Next to my work at the University of Twente, I am two days a week working at the GGD Twente- the public health institute of Twente. As a trainee, I belong to the team of epidemiologists, health promoters and policymakers. My tasks are especially related to the workgroup of Positive Health. Within this group, I contribute to the consolidation of the concept of Positive Health within the institute. This includes a baseline measurement at different departments about the extent to which working practices are focused on the six dimensions that belong to Positive Health.