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Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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On 1 April 2016, Otto Adang became Professor by Special Appointment of Security and Collective Behaviour at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. Adang has held the chair in Public Order Management at the Police Academy of the Netherlands since 2004. The University chair is being funded by the Police Academy for a period of at least five years. Public security is an ongoing concern for governments, police and many other organizations. Over the past few years, Europe has seen an upsurge in serious riots and civil disorder. The Netherlands is also at risk of large-scale disturbances to public order, which could seriously disrupt society and compromise public security. Knowledge is vital to ensure that we can prevent, or when necessary respond to, this kind of collective behaviour. The aim of the special chair is to contribute to new theories, research, teaching and valorization of knowledge about the mechanisms that play a role in collective behaviour, and which enhance or detract from the security of situations during interaction between government and citizens, whereby theory and practice are closely intertwined. In the past few years, Adang has built up a body of unique knowledge on collective behaviour in relation to security. The Police Academy, which is keen to expand this knowledge and link it to academic information, sees this special chair as a golden opportunity. Dr Otto M.J. Adang (1956) is a behavioural scientist. He has held a chair in Public Order Management at the Police Academy of the Netherlands since 2004. Adang is interested in aggression, reconciliation and collective behaviour in relation to public order enforcement. Since 1998, he has also headed a research programme he set up himself entitled Managing Dangerous Conflict Situations, which focuses on the interaction between police and citizens. Adang was a member of the Project X Haren committee.
prof. dr. O.M.J. (Otto) Adang
Contact
o.m.j.adang rug.nl
+31 50 36 36426
Function
Professor by special appointment Security and Collective Behaviour
Field / Discipline
motivational psychology, goal failure, pro-social behavior, anti-social behavior, compensatory behavior, psychological needs, intergroup behavior
M. (Maximilian) Agostini, MSc
Contact
m.agostini rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
D.A. (Tyas) Ayuningtyas
Contact
d.a.ayuningtyas umcg.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Societal discontent; communication of uncertainty around facts, numbers, and science
dr. A.M. (Anne Marthe) van der Bles
Contact
a.m.van.der.bles rug.nl
+31 50 36 38116
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher
Field / Discipline
Sociale Psychologie, Organisatie psychologie, Stress/Welzijn, Intergroeps relaties, Socialisatieproces
H.J. (Hedwig) Boer, MSc
Contact
h.j.boer rug.nl
+31 50 361 6645
Function
Onderzoek- en onderwijsmedewerker
dr. E.M.C. (Esther) Bouma
Contact
e.m.c.bouma rug.nl
+31 50 36 36434
Function
Institutional research
T. (Thijs) Bouman, PhD
Contact
t.bouman rug.nl
+31 50 36 36473
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Development, implementation and evaluation of automatic knowledge systems, social comparison (sensitivity), tailoring, psychosocial oncology, quality of life, subjective health.
dr. T.M. (Thecla) Brakel
Contact
t.m.brakel rug.nl
+31 50 36 36757
Function
Researcher/Teacher
Biobank / Biobanking, Big Data, Social Psychology, Ethics, Innovative Technology
R. (Reinder) Broekstra
Contact
r.broekstra umcg.nl
+31 6 5469 7054
Function
PhD-cadidate
drs. A.H. (Anne) Buitenhuis
Contact
a.h.buitenhuis umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6660
Function
PhD
Field / Discipline
Social-cognitive factors of behaviour change; Public health promotions; Acceptability of innovations; Social dilemma and cooperation
N. (Nadja) Contzen, PhD
Contact
n.contzen rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Field / Discipline
In my research I study motor coordination, learning and development from a dynamical systems perspective. I am interested in our ability to form social systems with others (such as in rowing, dance or martial arts) and the ability to explore new possibilities for action within a (social) system.

Coordination dynamics || Motor Development and learning || Sport Sciences
dr. L.S. (Laura) Cuijpers, MSc
Contact
l.s.cuijpers umcg.nl
Function
Lecturer
C. (Chantal) D'Amore, MSc
Contact
c.damore rug.nl
+31 50 36 36863
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
My research focuses on the social psychological nature of male and female body dissatisfaction, as well as how such dissatisfaction can evoke unhealthy dieting and exercise behaviours.
No picture available
Contact
s.e.dalley rug.nl
Function
docent
Field / Discipline
Health Psychology, Psychosocial determinants of health and health-related behaviours
Z. (Zuzana) Dankulincová, PhD
Contact
z.dankulincova-veselska umcg.nl
+42 155 2343 392
Function
Senior researcher of Youth and Health Graduate School KISH research program
Health Psychology; Addictions; Behavior change and modification
prof. dr. A. (Arie) Dijkstra
Contact
arie.dijkstra rug.nl
+31 50 36 38729
Function
Full professor
B.G. (Basil) Englis, PhD
Contact
b.g.englis rug.nl
Function
Counterfactual thoughts; emotions; social judgment
dr. K. (Kai) Epstude
Contact
k.epstude rug.nl
+31 50 36 37632
Function
Associate professor
Field / Discipline
Power, Leadership, (Un)ethical Behavior
S. (Sanne) Feenstra, MSc
Contact
s.feenstra rug.nl
+31 50 36 32490
Function
Assistant professor
Consumer psychology, persuasion, unconscious influence, consumer self-regulation, nudging and heuristics, consumer health and well-being, food-related decision making.

I am deeply fascinated by what you could label "Hidden Persuasion": how subtle (and not so subtle) marketing cues influence consumers in their emotions, thoughts and behavior, frequently without them being aware of this influence. The results of this research can aid in empowering consumers and foster health and wellbeing. Please see the research page for an overview of published work in these areas
prof. dr. B.M. (Bob) Fennis
Contact
b.m.fennis rug.nl
+31 50 36 39365
Function
Full Professor in Consumer Behavior
Values and Moral Convictions, Moralization, Intergroup Relations, and Social Change
A.L. (Ana) Figueiredo Leal
Contact
a.l.leal rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Field / Discipline
Negotiation, Power, Group identity, Justice and Punishment, Leadership, Conspiracy beliefs
No picture available
Contact
k.fousiani rug.nl
Function
J.L. (Josefine) Geiger, MSc
Contact
j.l.geiger rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Field / Discipline
dynamic systems theory, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, time series analysis, fractal analysis, identity construction, queer theory, LGBTQ* psychology, identity development
My expertise lies in the field of psychosocial intervention research that improve health in broad sense. Healthy aging not only involves prevention and curing diseases. People aging successfully are individuals who have the ability to adapt and self manage in the face of social, physical, and emotional challenges. The  Self-Management of Well-being interventions have demonstrated to be effective, and I’m currently working on projects to make this intervention more widely available and suitable for a larger group of older individuals. I have a background in social and health psychology and received my PhD in 2011 in the field of cognitive behavioral interventions for cancer-related fatigue. As a postdoc I broadened my expertise to fatigue in other illnesses, such as type 1 diabetes mellitus, kidney transplant recipients and chronic fatigue syndrome. More recently, I'm focusing on the possibility of e-health psychosocial interventions for cancer patients.
dr. ing. M.M. (Martine) Goedendorp
Contact
m.m.goedendorp umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6652
Function
Post-doc
My expertise and interest are LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic and questioning) children and youth in the child protection system (CPS). I am currently working on the Audre project which focuses on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth from their own perspective and also from their carers and professionals` perspective. 

More specifically, my research focuses on the resilience, personal and community-based, of LGBTQIA+ youth in the CPS.

Other topics: Child and family welfare; inequalities in child protection;  family foster care; residential child and youth care; LGBTQIA+ youth in care; participation of children and families in the child protection system. 
V.R. (Rodrigo) Gonzalez Alvarez
Contact
v.r.gonzalez.alvarez rug.nl
+31 6 2839 5180
Function
PhD student
F.C. (Frank) Gootjes, MSc
Contact
f.c.gootjes rug.nl
Function
PhD student
stereotyping, prejudice, emotions, intergroup conflict
prof. dr. E.H. (Ernestine) Gordijn
Contact
e.h.gordijn rug.nl
+31 50 36 36395
Function
Full professor
Field / Discipline
Social psychology, online (group) behaviour, social cognition, group processes, intergroup conflict, communication, shared reality, multilevel, quantitave and qualitative research.
dr. H.J.E. (Hedy) Greijdanus
Contact
h.j.e.greijdanus rug.nl
Function
Lecturer / researcher
Researcher in the area of sustainable behaviour change and consumer behaviour.
No picture available
Contact
j.i.m.de.groot rug.nl
Function
F.U. (Felix) Grundmann
Contact
f.u.grundmann rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Social and cultural change driven by moderinzation in the Global South, microfinance services, women's empowerment, integration of refugees
dr. N. (Nina) Hansen
Contact
n.hansen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36229
Function
associate professor
Field / Discipline
L.C. (Luzia) Heu, MSc
Contact
l.c.heu rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
Researcher/teacher focussed on diversity and inclusion at the university and the labour market

Previous research on the labour market integration of first generation Eritrean migrants, PhD on women’s  empowerment in the context of microfinance services with a focus on the impact of training and social contexts.

Field research experience Ethiopia,  Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and The Netherlands (social  impact evaluation; mixed methods).
dr. M.A. (Marloes) Huis
Contact
m.a.huis rug.nl
+31 50 36 36776
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
social psychology, intergroup contact
dr. M. (Maria) Ioannou, PhD
Contact
m.ioannou rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
- Law and Psychology
- Advertising and Food Law
- Behavioural Finance
- Protecting consumers by means of information
mr. dr. C.E. (Carien) de Jager
Contact
c.e.de.jager rug.nl
+31 6 2136 6836
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Social complexity, agent based simulation, innovation diffusion, opinion dynamics
dr. W. (Wander) Jager
Contact
w.jager rug.nl
+31 6 3618 4622
Function
Associate Professor, Managing director of Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies (GCSCS)
Group processes, Social identity, Diversity, Bottom-up initiative, Sustainability
dr. L. (Lise) Jans
Contact
l.jans rug.nl
+31 50 36 36567
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
M. (Marlon) de Jong, MSc
Contact
marlon.de.jong rug.nl
Function
Onderzoeker
As a psychologist and researcher, I am interested in topics around creativity, flow and coaching. The overarching theme in my work is creating an optimal fit between the individual’s needs and the work context, to optimize work outcomes.  

For creativity and brainstorming, I'm interested in the way in which sharing ideas helps or harms people's creativity, which will likely differ per person. Whereas novel and flexible ideas will be beneficial for some, others' creativity and productivity will benefit more from everyday and structured ideas. 

For flow, I'm interested in how flow experiences help to reach your full potential, and how such an experience adds to your (creative) performance. 

See also: www.kikidejonge.nl
K.M.M. (Kiki) de Jonge, MSc
Contact
k.m.m.de.jonge rug.nl
+31 50 36 37305
Function
Assistant Professor
M.A.T. (Maddie) Judge, PhD
Contact
m.a.t.judge rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Field / Discipline
Babet Kanis is o.l.v. Katherine Stroebe en Tom Postmes werkzaam binnen het project Gronings Perspectief (www.groningsperspectief.nl), een onderzoek naar de sociaal-psychologische gevolgen van aardbevingen op de Groninger.
H.B. (Babet) Kanis, MSc
Contact
b.kanis rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
Field / Discipline
dr. K.E. (Kees) Keizer
Contact
k.e.keizer rug.nl
+31 50 36 36461
Function
Assistant professor
Field / Discipline
I am interested in conducting research in areas of identity and intergroup processes, with particular emphasis on stigma, identity threat, coping, and well-being of disadvantaged group members, especially in the case of multiple conflicting identities. I am doing more experimental work these days, but also continue to use qualitative and correlational methods depending on the research question under scrutiny. Mainly, I am interested in four broad areas of research:

1. Multiple conflicting identities and ways of increasing identity integration

2. The effect of negative intergroup experiences on the status and well-being of disadvantaged groups (e.g., refugees, sexual minorities, religious minorities)

3. Intergroup toleration (especially in the case of Muslim minorities)

4. Progressive/modern masculinities and its implications in society
dr. Y. (Yasin) Koc
Contact
y.koc rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
psychological needs, intergroup relations, cultural adaptation, motivation
J. (Jannis) Kreienkamp
Contact
j.kreienkamp rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Social class, group-based emotions, intergroup processes
No picture available
Contact
t.kuppens rug.nl
+31 50 36 37151
Function
Assistant professor
A. (Anne) Kuschel, MSc
Contact
a.kuschel rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Field / Discipline
Motivation and goal pursuit; implicit social cognition; social contagion; aggression
dr. N.P. (N. Pontus) Leander
Contact
n.p.leander rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Sustainable Society | Decision-making | Ethics and morality | Cause-Related Marketing | Charities | Fundraising | Corporate Responsibility | Consumer behavior | Sustainable packaging | Justice and Fairness | Negotiation and bargaining
dr. M.C. (Marijke) Leliveld
Contact
m.c.leliveld rug.nl
+31 50 36 33226
Function
Assistant Professor
N.H. (Nieke) Lemmen, MSc
Contact
n.h.lemmen rug.nl
+31 50 36 35942
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Child and family welfare;  decision-making; inequalities in  child protection family foster care; residential child and youth care; transition to adulthood from public care; LGBTQIA+ youth in care; participation of children and families in the child protection system
dr. M. (Mónica) Lopez Lopez
Contact
m.lopez.lopez rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor, Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Climate change adaptation 
Psychological resilience 
V. Lozano Nasi, MA
Contact
v.lozano.nasi rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
Health Psychology, Social determinants of health
prof. A. (Andrea) Madarasová Gecková, PhD
Contact
a.geckova umcg.nl
+42 0552 3433 95
Function
Vice-director of Graduate School Kosice Institute for Society and Health, Youth and Health research programme
E.D. (Elok) Malay, MA
Contact
e.d.malay rug.nl
Function
PhD student

Environmental Psychology

Health Psychology

Designing behavioural change programs
I. (Irene) Maltagliati, MSc MSc
Contact
i.maltagliati rug.nl
Function
Green Office Coordinator
Field / Discipline
Z. (┼Żan) Mlakar, MSc
Contact
z.mlakar rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate, Department of Marketing
Environmnetal and Social PsychologyEnvironmnetal beliefs, frugality, climate change adaptation, teaching innovation.
G. (Gabriel) Muinos Trujillo, PhD
Contact
g.muinos rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor
Environmental Psychology, Philosophy of Science, Ethics
R.A. (Ruben) Mul
Contact
r.a.mul rug.nl
Function
Teacher
Field / Discipline
morality, (un)ethical behavior, sanctions, rules and norms
dr. L.B. (Laetitia) Mulder
Contact
l.b.mulder rug.nl
+31 50 36 37234
Function
Associate Professor
dr. J.A. (Bram) Neuijen
Contact
j.a.neuijen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36637
Function
Program Manager EMFC; teacher GEM
diversity, intergroup relations, social integration, social identity
prof. dr. S. (Sabine) Otten
Contact
s.otten rug.nl
+31 50 36 37903
Function
Professor of Intergroup Relations and Social Integration
Field / Discipline
My two primary research interests focus on the study of the evolutionary psychology of sustainable behavior, and on the study of public evaluations of energy from a value-based approach (see the project: Responsible decision-making on gas)
G.F. (Gonzalo) Palomo Vélez, PhD
Contact
g.f.palomo.velez rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher
Field / Discipline
My key research interests lie in public evaluations and acceptability of energy sources, systems and policies, and which factors influence these evaluations and acceptability judgements. I focus on theory development and applying theory in addressing acute environmental and energy problems.
dr. G. (Goda) Perlaviciute
Contact
g.perlaviciute rug.nl
Function
Associate professor Environmental psychology
Field / Discipline
C.N. (Catia) Pinto Teixeira, PhD
Contact
c.n.teixeira rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor/Post-doctoral researcher
Environmental psychology & Traffic psychology
No picture available
Contact
j.m.m.post rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Tom Postmes (PhD, 1997, University of Amsterdam) studies human behavior in virtual groups and communities, in crowds and also in organizations and "normal" teams. A major theme in his work how individual actions, thoughts and social interactions become co-ordinated, in such a way that people act and think as a team, a group, an organization or as a society. In chaotic, unusual or unexpected situations (a demonstration, a disaster but also online) a process of self-organisation takes place. We can learn a lot from this and it raises questions about group dynamics in “normal” groups and everyday life. Central to a lot of his work is the influence of personal and social identity: the relation of the individual to the group.

Tom became a professor of Social Psychology at the University of Exeter in 2004. Since returning to The Netherlands in 2007, he is the chair of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen. He received various awards from august institutions such as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and National Science Foundation (USA). In recent years, he has collaborated with various ministries on research projects concerned with societal discontent and social unrest in The Netherlands. He also studies the societal impact of induced earthquakes in Groningen, and is Scientific Director of the knowledge platform (Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen, in Dutch) that seeks to integrate knowledge about this and promote its application. 
prof. dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes
Contact
t.postmes rug.nl
+31 50 36 36917
Function
Full Professor, Social Psychology
Field / Discipline
Diversity, multiculturalism and migration. Multi, Inter and transdisciplinarity in theory and research methods.
G. (Geetha) Reddy, PhD
Contact
geetha.reddy rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Workplace inclusion of employees with a concealable stigmatized minority identity
J.M. (Julian) Rengers
Contact
j.m.rengers rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
My (Phd) research focusses on social relations (e.g. social capital, group identity) and how they influence health and wellbeing. I study these proceses in the context of a larger (applied) project "Gronings Perpectief", in which we study the social impact of the earthquakes in Groningen.
J.E.F. (Justin) Richardson, MSc
Contact
j.e.f.richardson rug.nl
+31 50 36 36299
Function
PHD Researcher
Field / Discipline
Social (& clinical) psychology, education in academic skills and pedagogical sciences, internship supervision, coordination of education and projects, academic advice BSS
drs. M. (Marlies) Roijakkers
Contact
m.roijakkers rug.nl
+31 50 36 34176
Function
Academic advisor Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
Field / Discipline
C.A. (Carla) Roos
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Relationships between energy-saving behaviour and support for energy policy.
E.J. (Elliot) Sharpe, MSc
Contact
e.j.sharpe rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Field / Discipline
I. (Ivana) Skoumalová
Contact
i.skoumalova umcg.nl
Function
prof. dr. R. (Russell) Spears
Contact
r.spears rug.nl
+31 50 36 39355
Function
Full Professor
Field / Discipline
Environmental psychology; understanding environmental behaviour including energy use and car use; acceptability and effectiveness of environmental policy; sustainable energy transition; cllimate change; values; intrinsic motivation
prof. dr. E.M. (Linda) Steg
Contact
e.m.steg rug.nl
+31 50 36 36482
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
prejudice and discrimination, justice perceptions and cultural worldviews (in intergroup relations), collective action/inaction, earthquakes (see http://www.groningsperspectief.nl/)
dr. K.E. (Katherine) Stroebe
Contact
k.e.stroebe rug.nl
+31 50 36 36509
Function
Associate professor
Field / Discipline
G.M. (Gonneke) Ton
Contact
g.m.ton rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
I'm a social psychologist, specialized in psycho-oncology and health psychology. I work at the department of Health Psychology, in the lab of Prof. Mariët Hagedoorn, 'Intimate relationships in the face of illness'.My research is focused on differences in adaptation to cancer or other health challenges between single and partnered patients. I'm interested in whether single survivors differ from those with a partner with respect to  the support they receive, distress level, sexuality, self-esteem and body image. I also focus on whether a partner can be involved to help with a more healthy lifestyle (e.g. quitting smoking) and better quality of life.
dr. M.A. (Marrit) Tuinman
Contact
m.a.tuinman umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6658
Function
Post-doc
Field / Discipline
dr. A.B. (Berfu) Ünal
Contact
a.b.unal rug.nl
+31 50 36 33180
Function
Lecturer
Field / Discipline
Climate change adaptation by individuals and households.
A.M. (Anne) van Valkengoed
Contact
a.m.van.valkengoed rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Effective team functioning, team composition, diversity, team membership changes, collaboration within and between teams, performance management.
prof. dr. G.S. (Gerben) van der Vegt
Contact
g.s.van.der.vegt rug.nl
+31 50 36 33915
Function
Professor
Doctoral thesis: "Unraveling the complexities of enacting change in undergraduate medical curricula"

I am fascinated with change in organizations; how people respond, the dynamics that occur and the complexities of organizing change for those in charge, the change leaders. Although I am interested in all sorts of organizational change processes, my PhD thesis particularly focused on the complexities of organizing change in medical school’s undergraduate curricula.

Topics: undergraduate curriculum change, medical education, complexity, challenges and strategies of change leaders, situational awareness, governance, the role of local institutional contexts in international curriculum development projects.
dr. F. (Floor) Velthuis, MSc
Contact
f.velthuis umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6768
Function
Post doc, teacher personal development and consultant faculty development
L. (Leonie) Vrieling, MSc
Contact
l.vrieling rug.nl
+31 50 36 36515
Function
PhD-student
Field / Discipline
I am interested in relationships around entrepreneurs, be them personal relationships that provide the enterpreneur with support, or startups' relationships with stakeholders, and how these make it possible for small businesses to thrive.
S.R. (Sean) White, PhD
Contact
s.r.white rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
I am interested in whether organizational gender diversity interventions are effective for different ethnic and racial groups of women. In line with this, I investigate how gender diversity interventions can be designed with intersectional considerations to improve individual and organizational outcomes across different intersections of gender and race.


diversity management, intersectionality, gender diversity interventions, women of color
C.Y.E. (Edwina) Wong
Contact
c.y.e.wong rug.nl
Function
PhD student
N. (Nadja) Zeiske, MSc
Contact
n.zeiske rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Social Relationships, Culture, Social Change, Collective Action, Protest, Emotion, Morality, Efficacy, Identity, Political Psychology
No picture available
Contact
m.van.zomeren rug.nl
+31 50 36 36511
Function
Professor (adjunct)
Field / Discipline
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