Assistant Professor

Presence: Th. / Fr.
Buiding: Cubicus, room B 122
Telephone: 053 – 489 3917; 053 – 489 4470 (secretary); 053 – 489 4486 (secretary)
Fax: 053 – 489 2895


Wendy Pots is an Assistant Professor and a postdoc-researcher at the University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Department of Psychology, Health and Technology. She got her Ph.D. in 2016, called ‘Living To The Fullest! Mindfulness-based interventions as public mental health interventions for depression’. She also works as a Clinical Psychologist at Dimence, a mental health care organization in Almelo, and is head of the Trauma Department. Her expertise is in the field of complex trauma, depression and anxiety disorders, and cluster C personality disorders. She is trained in various techniques and therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CGT), Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused heraoy (CFT).

Fields of expertises are Positive Psychology and e(Mental)Health, and specifically:

  • Interventions based on ACT and mindfulness. ACT is an empirically-based behavioural cognitive therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies together with commitment and behaviour change strategies. The central aim of ACT is to create psychological flexibility by teaching skills that increase an individual's willingness to come into fuller contact with their experiences, recognition of a person’s values in life, and commit to behaviors that are consistent with those values.
  • The application of web-based interventions and mHealth with the aim to offer personalized, and more efficient and effective treatment for behaviour change.


  • Coördinator Coordinator and teacher Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (Master PPT)
  • Teacher Counseling skills (Master PPT)
  • Supervising Bachelor and Master theses



Pots W.T.M., Trompetter H.R., Schreurs K.M.G. and 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 depression. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 158.

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

Pots W.T.M., Fledderus M., Meulenbeek P.A.M., Klooster ten P.M., Schreurs K.M.G. and Bohlmeijer E.T. (2015). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a web-based intervention for depressive symptomatology: Randomised Controlled Trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 208, 69-77.

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