Winifred (Winnie) Gebhardt is an Associate Professor of Health Psychology at Leiden University. Over the past 20 years she has worked on the development of theory related to the study of health behavior change. Here you will find information on her projects, publications and teaching activities.
January 2nd, 2020: For the new year a shorter version of my blog for Practical Health Psychology was posted on the Leiden Psychology Blog website.
December 19th, 2019: an interview about my work was posted on the university news!
December 17th, 2019: our paper on social influencers and alcohol posts has been accepted Frontiers in Psychology: Picture me drinking: Alcohol-related posts by Instagram influencers popular among adolescents and young adults, by Hanneke Hendriks, Danii Wilmsen, Wim Van Dalen, Winifred A. Gebhardt.
December 17th, 2019: My blog on self-identity processes was posted on Practical Health Psychology and translated into 28 languages! Really excited about this!
October 2019: The Healthy University Week was a wonderful week. Proud of my students :-)!
August, 2019 I joined the team of the Dual PhD centre at Leiden University Campus in the Hague. Very happy to be coaching people who work and wish to pursue a PhD at the same time.
June 26th, 2019: We, a consortium chaired by the Leiden University Medical Center, received the news that our project “Perfect Fit” for digital lifestyle coaching was granted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). One of the PhD students in this project will work on identity processes that accompany behavioral change (quitting smoking and exercising more). See (in Dutch):
On April 9th, 2019 Janice Sandjojo successfully defended her PhD thesis on Self-Management interventions for people with intellectual disabilities. A nice video (in Dutch) was made to explain the intervention and the evaluation study.
February, 2019: Michelle Brust started as a PhD student on the project “Teachable moments of health behavior change among cardiac patients and their partners”. Promotor and PI is Jessica Kiefte, I am her co-promotor.
October 11th, 2018: Hanneke Hendriks on Dutch television on the effect of alcohol advertisement on social media!
October 2nd, 2018: Eline Meijer’s sixth article of her PhD dissertation: “Identity processes in smokers who want to quit smoking: A longitudinal Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis” has been accepted in Health.
On October 17th, Leiden University has officially become part of the Healthy University Networks. The first activities within this initiative were be the lunch-workshops for staff members on healthy lifestyles that our Master of Health Psychology students provided on October 18th and 19th 2018! Excited to have been the coordinator of their course in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and truly proud of them and their teachers Yvette Meuleman, Yvette Ciere and Roos van der Vaart.
September 18th, 2018: Janice Sandjojo’s article “Effects of a self-management training for people with intellectual disabilities” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. It is the third accepted paper as part of her PhD dissertation (with me as co-promotor), which she is going to submit to the reading committee in October.
August 21st, 2018: Excited and proud that at the opening ceremony of the European Health Psychology Conference in Galway I received the EHPS Honorary Fellowship Award. It is the EHPS award with the highest distinction granted in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the field of health psychology.
See also the newsitem on the Faculty’s website.
July 19th, 2018: News item at the UvA website on the Veni project of Hanneke Hendriks on alcohol posting behavior on the social media.
June 15th, 2018: Read Laura Kunst’s and my blog on “Party-drug use among students: Why (not) everyone is doing it”. It was nominated for the Leiden Psychology Blog Award 2018
June 14th, 2018: Another article by our PhD student, Janice Sandjojo has been accepted. It is entitled: Promoting independence of people with intellectual disabilities: A focus group study. Perspectives from people with intellectual disabilities, legal representatives, and support staff, and will appear in the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
May 13th, 2018 & May 21st, 2018: The Journal of Medical Internet Research accepted our manuscript on “Social drinking on social media: A content analysis of the social aspects of alcohol-related posts on Facebook and Instagram”, written by Hanneke Hendriks (UvA), Bas van den Putte (UvA/Trimbos), Megan Moreno (University of Wisconsin Madison) and myself;
and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking accepted our (Hendriks, van den Putte and Gebhardt) paper on “Alcoholposts on Social Networking Sites: the Alcoholpost-Typology (APT)”.
April 12th, 2018: Eline Meijer’s article on “Strengthening quitter self-identity: An experimental study” has bee:n accepted in Psychology and Health. (authors: E. Meijer, W.A. Gebhardt, C. van Laar, B. van den Putte and Andrea W.M. Evers).
February 9th, 2018: the NNvT conference was a very inspiring day. Proud also to have given the keynote address on identity processes during quitting smoking. I was also asked to write a column based on the content of the presentation for the newsletter of the Trimbos Institute.
January 2018: Janice Sandjojo’s article on “Training staff to promote self-management in people with intellectual disabilities” was accepted by the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (authors; Janice Sandjojo, Aglaia Zedlitz, Winifred Gebhardt, Joop Hoekman, Elise Dusseldorp, Jeanet den Haan, Andrea Evers).
The manuscript by Laura Kunst, MSc and me on the “Prevalence and psychosocial correlates of party-drug use and associated problems among university students in the Netherlands” has been accepted for publication in Substance Use and Misuse.
December 2017: Excited to been invited to give a keynote presentation at the NNvT (Nederlands Netwerk voor Tabaksonderzoek) conference on February 9th, 2018.
December 2017: Eline Meijer had another of her papers accepted: Meijer, E., Van den Putte, B., Gebhardt, W. A., Van Laar, C., Bakk, Z., Dijkstra, A., Fong, G. T., West, R. & Willemsen, M. C. (accepted for publication). A longitudinal study into the reciprocal effects of identities and smoking behaviour: Findings from the ITC Netherlands Survey. Social Science and Medicine.
Shelley van der Veek and I have presented at the Faculty’s Food for Thought meeting (November 23rd, 2017) on visual methods to facilitate health behavioral change.
Eline Meijer has succesfully defended her PhD thesis “This is (not) who I am: Understanding identity in continued smoking and smoking cessation” on November 14th 2017, at the Groot Aditorium of the Academiegebouw of Leiden University.
October 2017: The article by Katja Cardol on “Exploring the direct or inverse association of physical activity with behavioral addictions and other self-regulation problems” has been accepted in Addiciones. It is based on her Master’s thesis research, which she conducted in Spain. [authors are: Cinderella K. Cardol, Cristopher I. Escamilla, Winifred A. Gebhardt & José C. Perales].
October 2017: Our paper on patients’ perceptions of conservative treatment for a small abdominal aortic aneurysm, by first author Stephanie Tomee has been accepted for publication in ‘Patient Preference and Adherence’. Authors are: S.M. Tomee, W.A. Gebhardt, J.P. de Vries, V.C. Hamelinck, J.F. Hamming & J.H.N. Lindeman
On September 16th 2017 I gave a mini-lecture on how to use our ability to (mentally) travel through time to increase our health and wellbeing at the Night of the Arts and Knowledge in Leiden’s Botanical Gardens. A brief impression of the spectacular event can be found on Youtube. I was also interviewed by Radio Sleutelstad (the Leiden local Radio Station).
September 2017: In the Mare (Leiden University weekly journal) an item about healthy lifestyles among university students: The future is non-existent (… or is it?).
July 2017: Hanneke Hendriks article on the motives behind posting alcohol-related messages on social network sites can be accessed through http://bit.ly/2tl2Xmg. Must say that it is a lot of fun working with Hanneke and Bas van den Putte on Hanneke’s Veni project (https://lnkd.in/gW8ce6A).
May 2017: Three new publications that I co-authored have been accepted.
Hendriks, H., Gebhardt, W.A. & van den Putte, S.J.H.M. Alcohol-related posts from young people on social networking sites: Content and motivations. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
Claes, N. & Gebhardt, W.A. Chronic pain and goal frustration. Chapter in: P. Karoly & G. Crombez (eds). Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain: Theory, Research, and Practice.
Meijer, E., van Laar, C., Gebhardt, W.A., Fokkema, M., van den Putte, S.J.H.M., Dijkstra, A., Fong, G., Willemsen, M. Identity change among smokers and ex-smokers: Findings from the ITC Netherlands Survey. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
November 2016: My commentary “Multiple goal perspective and social identification processes” appeared in Addiction.
On November 18th, 2016: I was a presentor at the Nationaal Psychologie Congres. [Title was: “Niet omdat het moet, maar omdat het bij mij past” see nipsps-mc-15-11-16]
On May 18th, 2016: I have presented a guest lecture at the University of Lucerne, entitled
Okay, okay, it is good for my health… but is it good for me? How individual health behavior is governed by self-views, social identity, and personal goals
It was part of a series on “Health Behavior Change: From Theory to Reality”
see also: Blogs
June 15th, 2018: Read Laura Kunst’s and my blog on “Party-drug use among students: Why (not) everyone is doing it”.
February 19th, 2014 on Leiden Psychology Blog: Raising the minimal legal drinking age: the best preventive measure thinkable.
You can reach me at: Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, Leiden University, PO Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands. Email: gebhardt[at]fsw.leidenuniv.nl.