Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Title: Job stress management via mHealth: combination of self-tracking and eCoaching


Type of assignment:                    MA

Internal or external?:                    Internal

Maximum number of students:    1

Individual collecting of data?       Yes

Type of research:                        Dependent upon choice of topic and interests

Description of the assignment:

The project  “Quantified Self @Work”, goes into the development of a mHealth application to enhance employees’ stress management and resilience. The project is a collaboration between the University of Twente, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and Menzis.


The mHealth application will combine self-tracking via wearables and persuasive eCoaching. Self-tracking data from wearables (e.g., heart rate) will be used to inform the user about their personal level of stress and resilience and causes of stress and resilience. The eCoach will use self-tracking data to personalize suggestions to advice the user about how to deal with their specific situation. This combination has several advantages. For example, self-tracking devices allow tracking of stress in the moment, which eliminates the problem of recall. This in-the-moment insights into personal stress and resilience level provides the essential awareness, which is an important first step for behavior change. In addition, stress is often subject to stigmatization and such an application could be used anonymously.


The current assignment

In the development of the application, the CeHRes Roadmap is followed. The second step in this roadmap consists of the identification of values from end-users and other important stakeholders. Values were identified by means of semi-structured interviews with employees and human resource advisors. Emerged from these results, we identified one topic in particular in which we need to gain more insights: What is the appropriate dose and timing of messages for self-tracking and eCoaching? Respondents expected that this is a major bottleneck for creating impact with the design. The negative emotional state as the result of stress is believed by respondents as a factor that influences someone’s receptivity to process a message or someone’s willingness to do something with the message. Sending of messages at the appropriate timing is often described as a critical success factor for eHealth design. It is likely that this is even a more important factor in the context of stress management due to the emotional states that end-users are in.


Via testing a first simple prototype of the app with possible end-users, and collecting both qualitative and quantitative data, we will attempt to gain insights into the appropriate dose and timing of messages for self-tracking and eCoaching.  


Who are we looking for? Master students with affinity for eHealth


More information?: Please contact


1st supervisor: Dr. Annemarie Braakman-Jansen

2nd supervisor: Aniek Lentferink, MSc