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Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology is characterized by its problem-based research; our research groups focus on the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and prevention of mental health problems. As a student, you will study and work side by side with leading scientists. You will be considered a member of one of these cutting-edge research groups and in that way gather invaluable hands-on research experience.

Examples of research questions:

  • Can mindfulness support people in dealing with chronic disease?
  • What is the relationship between depressive symptoms and cardiovascular disease?
  • How can patients learn to become more resilient (how  can they break out of a negative mental loop)?
  • What is the impact of mental health on the school-to-work transition of young adults?
  • How do people function at work having survived cancer?
  • What is the effectiveness of a family centred approach in preventive child healthcare?
  • What is the effectiveness of individual Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and individual Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in depressed patients with diabetes?
  • Do patients and their partners experience less depressive symptoms when they are able to share their worries?
  • How do partners deal with one of them having a chronic or life-threatening disease?
  • What is the process people go through resuming work after having undergone a knee or hip operation?
  • What are depression related physiological markers?

  • Testimonial van Lei Zhu

    ...lectures are always given in an interactive format, which allows sufficient communication between students and lecturers. Each student can work with top scientists..

    During my bachelor study in psychology, I was interested in how psychology and medicine can be interacted with each other to help people. It was exactly this interest that led me to choose the Research Master's program Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology, which combined psychology and medicine perfectly. Here in the CPE program, lectures are always given in an interactive format, which allows sufficient communication between students and lecturers. Each student can work with top scientists during the master thesis project and really get to know how to perform scientific research. After finishing the research master program, I started my PhD project in department of health psychology in the UMCG. My PhD project is focused on cancer patients who were receiving psychosocial care in psycho-oncology institutions. I am interested in examining the underlying mechanisms of psychosocial care, for example, how patients' personal resources changed during psychosocial care. Without the Research Master program, this would not have been possible. The CPE program not only offered me the state-of-the-art knowledge in health field, but also provided me necessary skills (i.e., thinking, writing, presenting) to perform research.

    - Lei Zhu, PhD student at the UMCG

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    – Lei Zhu
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