Curriculum Vitae


Senior Scientific Researcher

Associate Professor of Health Psychology

Honorary Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society


  • University/College of Higher Education:
  • Date: 07/01/97 (cum laude)
  • Supervisor (‘Promotor’): Prof.dr. C.M.J.G. Maes
  • Title of thesis: Health behaviour goal model: Towards a theoretical framework for health behaviour change.

Master’s degree

  • University/College of Higher Education: State University Utrecht
  • Date: 23/11/89
  • Studies: Psychology
  • Main subject: Clinical & Health Psychology (major); Social & Organisational Psychology (minor) 

Positions and employment

  • Senior scientific researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Social Research (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau, April 2021 – July 2022)
  • Associate Professor of Health Psychology, Leiden University (since 2006)
  • Staff member of the Dual PhD Centre, Leiden University, Campus The Hague (2019-2021)
  • Assistant Professor of Health Psychology, Leiden University (1997-2006)
  • Visiting researcher, School of Public Health, Sydney University, Australia (1993)
  • PhD student, Leiden University (1992 – 1996)
  • Policy officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, The Hague (1991-1992)
  • Junior Researcher, Clinical & and Health Psychology, Utrecht University (1990-1991)
  • Research Fellow, John R. Graham Headache Foundation, Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Cambridge MA, USA (1990)
  • Clinical intern at the Department of Clinical Psychology, Streekziekenhuis Gelderse Vallei Bennekom  (January-October 1988).

Other relevant positions



  • Co-chair of the taks force (Themagroep) Health Promotion of the Academic Workplace Public Health Nothern South-Holland (2008-2017)
  • Associate Editor Psychology and Health (2013-2016)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Dutch Burn Society (2015-2016)
  • Member of the Leiden University International Study Foundation Committee (2013-2016)
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2011-2015)
  • Member of the Board of Overseers of the Advanced Multi-Disciplinary Facility for Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Sciences (MESS)/ LISSpanel (2010-2014)
  • Co-chair of the European Health Psychology Society task force on European Template for Masters Programs in Health Psychology (2012-2013)
  • NWO MaGW Veni-committee (2012)
  • Member of the ZonMW committee Prevention/Healthy lifestyle and environment (2005-2014)
  • Member of the Faculty Council (Faculteitsraad) Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Leiden University (2008 – 2015)
  • Member of the Executive Committee & National Delegates Officer of the European Health Psychology Society (2006-2008)
  • EHPS Conference International Scientifc & Programme Committee” for the following conferences: Crete (2011), Bath (2008), Maastricht (2007), & Galway (2005) and Track coordinator in several of the other years
  • Co-organizer of the “14th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society”, Leiden, 16-19 Augustus, 2000
  • Member of the Board (Dagelijks Bestuur) of the Department of Clinical – and Health Psychology, Leiden University (2004-2005 & 1996-2000)
  • Editor of the Newsletter of the European Health Psychology Society (1997-1998)
  • Member of the Educational Committee Psychology, Leiden University (2004-2005; 1996-2000)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Department of Clinical – and Health Psychology, Leiden University (1994-1996)
  • Chair of the Leids Aio overleg (LEO) (1992-1993)

Grants Awarded

(as PI or co-applicant)

ZonMW (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development)

  • Who takes care of the caregivers? On risk-profiles for (too) heavy perceived burden among caregivers
  • Preconditions for effective implementation of tailored-based interventions to enhance an active life-style among high risk populations
  • Testing a theory on continued abstinence and relapse among ex-smokers and developing an internet-based computer system for individualized feedback (PI Arie Dijkstra)
  • Preparing young people for unanticipated and unplanned sexual encounters: A theory- and evidence-based approach to program development in the context of safe sex (PI Pepijn van Empelen)
  • Bewegen in de Buurt [Physically Active in the Neighborhood] (Co-PI Matty Crone)
  • Kortdurend Onderzoek in kader Academische Werkplaats [Short-term research projects for the Academic Workplace] (PIs Nienke Terpsta/Sjaak de Gouw)

Lekker Lang Leven/ Hartstichting, DiabetesFonds en Nierstichting

  • Health checks in vulnerable groups: the role of beliefs and expectations (PIs Matty Crone/Sandra van Dijk)
  • After the Health Check in vulnerable groups: a individually tailored self-management intervention led by Community Health Workers (PIs Matty Crone/Sandra van Dijk)

Miro/Pfizer & Caphri

  • The effects of the public smoking ban on current smokers’ smoking behavior and (self)conceptions, and implications for governmental communication

Leiden University Fund/ Gratama stichting-Byvanck Fund

  • Studie naar de invloed van emoties en implementatie intenties bij het reduceren van overmatig alcoholgebruik door studenten [Study on the influence of emotions and implementation intentions for the reduction of alcohol abuse among students].

Brandwondenstichting (Dutch Burn Society)

  • Evaluatie van het preventieprogramma “Vuur” voor het basisonderwijs. [Evaluation of the preventionprogram “Burn” for primary education]
  • Onderzoek naar behoefte aan lotgenotencontact voor mensen met brandwonden. [Study on the need for peer support for people with burns]

Academische Werkplaats/gemeente  (Academic Workplace Public Health Northern South-Holland/municipality of Teylingen)

  • De achtergronden van alcoholgebruik door jongeren in de gemeente Teylingen: Interviews met 15-jarige jongeren en hun moeders. [The background of alcohol use by youth in the municipality of Teylingen: Interviews with 15-year olds and their mothers]

NWO-doorstroom beurs/FSW Leiden University