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Staff members with discipline Behavioural Sciences

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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Consumer Psychology
dr. S.A.E.G. (Sumaya) Albalooshi
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Assistant Professor
Auditory and speech perception with hearing-impaired listeners and users of auditory prostheses. Psychophysics, medical engineering, neurosciences, linguistics.
prof. dr. D. (Deniz) Baskent
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Professor
dr. A. (Andrea) Bellisario
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Joint PhD at Maquarie University of Sydney
F. (Flavia) Berlinghieri
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PhD student
drs. L. (Lindy) Beukema
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PhD-candidate
After my education in communication science, social psychology and sociology, I started my PhD project in August 2017 in the department Health Psychology. My project (financed by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF Kankerbestrijding)) is on the care needs of cancer patients who suffer from depressive symptoms. During my project, I will conduct three studies; the first is an ESM study on depressive symptoms to see which symptoms are most central in cancer patients. The second study is a longitudinal study to examine how barriers, coping mechanisms, social support levels, and illness perceptions make that a large group of cancer patients with depressive symptoms does not seek help for these symptoms. In this study we will also examine if depressive symptoms decrease over time and how this relates to coping mechanisms, social support levels and illness perceptions. In a qualitative study, we will examine underlying ideas, goal dis- and re-engagement, and ask people who did seek psychological care why they decided to do so.
My project is supervised by Dr. M.J. Schroevers, Prof. Dr. A.V. Ranchor and Dr. J. Fleer.
E.A. (Esmée) Bickel
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PhD Candidate
Neurogenetics, Pheromonal communication, social and sexual behaviours, reproduction, Drosophila.
prof. dr. J.C. (Jean-Christophe) Billeter
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Associate professor Neurogenetics of social and sexual behaviour
Depressive disorder, psychological interventions, relapse prevention, chronicity, etiology, internet therapy, anti depressants, adherence to medication
Behavioral physiological, pharmacological and neurobiological pre-clinical (animal) research into the causes and consequences of individual differences in coping with social conflict.
dr. S.F. (Sietse) de Boer
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Associate professor in Behavioural Neurobiology
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Professor Psychiatry
Behavioral physiological, neurobiological and neuroendocrinological pre-clinical research into short- and long-term consequences of social conflicts.
dr. B. (Bauke) Buwalda
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Associate professor
prof. dr. S. (Stynke) Castelein
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Professor of Recovery from Severe Mental Illness
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dr. S. (Sunkung) Choi
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Assistant Professor
Planning and control cyclus inside organizations
dr. B. (Ben) Crom
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Assistant Professor
Dr. T. (Theo) van Dellen is assistant professor in the department of Pedagogics and Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen. He is responsible for the topic “Transformative (lifelong) learning in workplaces” within the Lifelong learning program. Theo strives for an integral, interdisciplinary approach of developing theory and practice which supports adult learning processes for work through subjectivity, identity construction and transformation. The outcome in terms of theory may serve to understand the affective, cognitive and social characteristics of spaces which promote learning for work. His engagement with the complex and messy realities around workplaces is supported by humanistic and positive psychology. In addition, he calls himself to be a skeptical empiricist.
dr. T. (Theo) van Dellen
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Assistent professor
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Research Technician
Behavioral ecology
S. (Selin) Ersoy
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PhD student
- Onderzoek naar hulpverlening en ondersteuning aan kwetsbare groepen
- Onderzoek naar werkzame elementen van de hulpverlening
- Onderzoek naar integreren actuele kennis in nieuwe vormen van onderwijs 
- Actiebegeleidend onderzoek
- Kwantitatief onderzoek
- Kwalitatief onderzoek
K.E. (Els) Evenboer
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Algemeen coördinator Wetenschapswinkel Geneeskunde en Volksgezondheid & Senior onderzoeker
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My background is in Health Psychology and I was originally trained as a researcher. In 2006 I graduated with my thesis entitled ‘Quality of life of testicular cancer survivors’. After my graduation I continued doing research in the field of adjustment to chronic illness (e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart disease, chronic headache). One line of work is concerned with psychological screening and interventions, a second line of work focuses on self- and goal regulation in chronically ill people. In 2008, I started to combine my research with teaching tasks and research in education. Currently, I have a key role in teaching in the bachelor of medicine, as Course Director of semester 3.2, and have the lead in developing the line Leadership development for the bachelor- and master of medicine. Recently, I received funding to set up a program on personal development for all bachelor and master students of the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Besides that I received funding to set up the interfacultaire minor 'More Healthy Years: Current Challenges in Public Health'. I integrated my educational and research aspirations within The Juggle Study, a large prospective cohort study on mental health (e.g. burnout, engagement) in medical students, for which the data collection is ongoing (it will be completed in 2024).
dr. J. (Joke) Fleer
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Associate professor
Chronobiology: the phyiology of time, societal aspects

The conection between science and business and policy related questions

Interactions between scientific and other knowledge systems
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.
M.M. (Martine) Goedendorp
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Post-doc
- My two main and general areas of expertise are "clinical and health psychology" and "research in psychology".  I have been working on the topic of burnout since the end of my bachelor of psychology in Mexico City. After my bachelor, which had a predominant emphasis in clinical psychology and health psychology, I moved to Groningen to study a research master in "Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology".

 During my master, I researched the influence of goal conflict, goal adjustment, and personality on the levels of burnout of medical students at the University of Groningen.

Currently, as a Ph.D., I continue working with medical students, this time, designing an intervention to address their burnout levels.
V.R. Gonzalez Alvarez
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PhD student
Behavioural Biology, behavioural development and steroid hormnones, animal personalities, behavioural lateralization 
prof. dr. A.G.G. (Ton) Groothuis
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Professor
dr. E. (Esther) Hartman
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Associate Professor / Researcher
Self-organisation of social systems
prof. dr. C.K. (Charlotte) Hemelrijk
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Full Professor
B.E. (Betty) Hornix, MSc
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PhD student
dr. S. (Suzanne) Houwen
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Assistant Professor
Labour Law, Employment Law, European Labour Law, EU Law on Posting of Workers and Free Movement of Persons, Social Security Law
prof. mr. dr. M.S. (Mijke) Houwerzijl
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Behavior (social & play, affective, cognition), serotonin transporter knockout rats (SERT rats), early life stress,
Manual and automated scoring of behavior (The Observer XT and EthoVision XT), 
D.J. (Danielle) Houwing, MSc
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Special education and youth care
dr. A.M.N. (Anne-Marie) Huyghen
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universitair docent
Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology
J.L. (Josephien) Jansen, MSc
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PhD student
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Master of Paediatric Physical Therapy
dr. L.D. (Dorothee) Jelsma
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Pediatric Physical Therapist
L. (Lisette) Klein
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Academic advisor bachelor/master Pharmacy, research master BCN
Autisme Spectrum Stoornissen, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, sexe-verschillen, vrouw-specifieke fenotypes neuro-ontwikkelingsstoornissen
Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Quantitative Genetics
dr. P. (Peter) Korsten
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Postdoctoral researcher
Investor Behavior, Behavioral Finance
dr. M.M. (Marc) Kramer
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Senior Lecturer/Researcher
-  Young people's development in the social context
-  Peer dynamics and their antecedents and outcomes
-  Transition processes from adolescence through adulthood
-  Quantitative methods to model development
A.J. Kruitwagen, BSc
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PhD student
Clinical Coordination Dynamics / instrumental gait  and posture analysis/  Healthy Aging / Mobility and technology / Gamifcation & mobility / motor learning and rehabilitation / fall prevention aging and cognition
dr. C.J.C. (Claudine ) Lamoth
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Associate Professor
S.D. (Suzanne) Lanooij, MSc
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PhD Student
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
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Assistant Professor
communication, management skills, personal leadership
drs. G.W.M. (Gerni) Luttikhuis
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lecturer, facilitator, coach
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Teacher-student relationships, academic motivation, longitudinal study, multilevel (growth curve) analysis, Rasch analysis, teaching and teacher education, development and evaluation of instruments measuring teaching behaviour, secondary education, international reseach and cooperation
dr. R. (Ridwan) Maulana
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Associate Professor
Consumer Psychology with a focus on how fundamental psychosocial resources such as social status, power, and financial resources (e.g., poverty) shape consumers behavior and decision-making.

Strategic Brand Management

Consumers Brand Behavior

Experimental Design & Data Analysis
M. (Mehrad) Moeini Jazani
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Assistant Professor of Marketing & Consumer Behavior
dr. R.T. (Remco) Molenhuis
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FSE Postdoctoral Fellow
dr. R. (Remo) Mombarg
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lecturer/researcher
Behavior (affective, social, cognitive), Pharmacology, Physiology, Gene expression, rat models for depression
prof. dr. J.D.A. (Jocelien) Olivier
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Assistant Professor
- Test theory- Item response theory- (Multidimensional) Computerized adaptive testing- Applying advanced methods to improve/support clinical decision making
dr. M.C.S. (Muirne) Paap
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Assistant Professor in Methodology
Drosophila suzukii
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Verkeerspsychologie bij neuropsychiatrische aandoeningen
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Postdoc
(perceptuo-)motor control and coordination, laterality, interpersonal coordination, joint action in sports, systems dynamics

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dr. H.J. (Harjo) de Poel
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assistant professor
Memory, synaptic plasticity, structural plasticity, hippocampus, sleep
F. (Frank) Raven, MSc
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dr. C. (Cees) Reezigt
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Senior Lecturer
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PhD Candidate
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mood disorders, neuroticism, epidemiological studies, psychophysiology, ambulatory monitoring, clinical implementation of experience sampling method (ESM)
dr. H. (Harriëtte) Riese
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Senior Researcher
Psychology, Neurosciences
dr. M. (Marije) aan het Rot
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Associate Professor
prof. dr. A.J.J.M. (Wied) Ruijssenaars
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Professor Orthopedagogy

PhD-student research group Higher Education (GMW)

I set up a research project to learn more about the academic development of high achieving Bachelor’s students (i.e. honours students and non-honours students who belong to the best 10% of their degree programme). The goal of this research is to measure the learning interests and preferences of high achieving Bachelor’s students and to follow the interdisciplinary learning gains of an honours programme. The outcomes of this research project might contribute to the further development of interdisciplinary education and honours programmes. Policy Officer Education (Office of the University)
I work for the Strategy Department of Education & Research as a policy officer and am responsible for policy issues concerning minor programmes.
J.E. (Jennifer) Schijf
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PhD-student & Policy Officer Education
Labor Economics, Public Economics, Behavioral Economics, Identification Methods, Life-cycle Models, Microeconomics, Health Economics, Simulation Methods
Trust, Sustainable Behaviour, Social Neuroscience, Psychonomics, Online Research, Branding, Leadership
H.S. (Erik) Schoppen, MSc
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PhD student
My first line of research focuses on (predictors of) adaptation to chronic illness (cancer, diabetes). Specific research interests include: depression, emotion-regulation, self-regulation, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

My second research line addresses the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of psychological screening and interventions and the underlying mechanisms of change, with a specific focus on individual Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
dr. M.J. (Maya) Schroevers
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Associate Professor
Neuroimaging; (dynamic) functional connectivity; experience sampling method; actigraphy; mood disorders; neuroticism
dr. M.N. (Michelle) Servaas
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determinants, health behavior, life course epidemiology, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, social and physical environment, healthy ageing
dr. N. (Nynke) Smidt
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Associate Professor in Epidemiology
Management accounting and control; organisational change
dr. M.P. (Martijn) van der Steen
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Associate Professor
dr. H. (Hilde) Steenbergen
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Head Educational support
See: www.inthelead.net
Leadership, organizational change, self-managing teams, management development, gender and leadership, top management teams, middle management.
prof. dr. J.I. (Janka) Stoker
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Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, Director centre of expertise In the LEAD
Coming from a background in pediatric nursing and social sciences I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Health Psychology where I do research on (the underlying mechanisms of) psychological adaptation of children, adolescents and young adults with a somatic disease and their parents.

I am inherently interested in the phenomenon of positive adaptation which I came across when I worked as a nurse with very ill children, during my PhD in children with cancer, and in India where I am involved in research activities for an NGO that provides healthcare and education for the poorest of the poor who live on the streets of Kolkata (Calcutta).

My current rearch focuses on:
- Selfregulation: goal adjustment, benefit-finding/post-traumatic growth
- Goal conflict

I have a strong interest in cross-cultural research.

E. (Esther) Sulkers, MSc
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Researcher
Child and Youth Care, specialized in: Evaluation; Family support; Families with long standing and complex problems; international comparative research.
drs. T. (Tim) Tausendfreund
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Ph.D Candidate
Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
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Medische Ethiek, Medische Professionaliteit, Medische Sociologie
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researcher / assistant professor
Societal impact van onderzoek
Toegepast onderzoek in het zorg- en sociale domein
Medische sociologie
Onderzoek met mixed methods
dr. J. (Jolanda) Tuinstra
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Coordinator Science Shop Medicine and Public Health
- Families with multiple problems
- Severe parenting problems
- Interventions for families with multiple problems 
- Common elements
- Effectiveness research
- Taxonomy of interventions for families with multiple problems (TIFMP)
L. (Loraine) Visscher, MSc
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PhD student
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Depression | Anhedonia | Peer experiences | Information processing bias | Reward responsiveness | Experience sampling | Intergenerational transmission of peer experiences
dr. C. (Charlotte) Vrijen
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Postdoctoral researcher
Theoretical Biology; Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution; Evolutionary Game Theory; Dynamical Systems; Cultural Evolution; Evolutionary Systems Biology.
mood disorders, transdiagnostic approaches, experience sampling methodology, reward processes, time-series
prof. dr. M.C. (Marieke) Wichers
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full professor
Subdisciplines
Sociology of organizations - sociology of work - sociological theory - economic sociology - sociology of aging

Topics
Sustainable cooperation - governance - organizational control - organizational change - administrative reform - institutional change - decentralization - social network dynamics - humanitarian action
prof. dr. R.P.M. (Rafael) Wittek
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Full Professor
prof. dr. E.A. (Eddy) van der Zee
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Full Professor
dr. A.E. (Elianne) Zijlstra
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Researcher
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