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The Social Sciences Health and Well-being centre of expertise was established in 2020 to connect researchers from the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences who share an interest in understanding the social-behavioral and institutional underpinnings of leading a healthy, socially connected, cognitively sharp, and active life across the lifespan. The center focuses on three themes: health in social context and policy development, healthy aging, and health interventions.

Center Director

Katherine Stroebe, Adjunct professor in social psychology, director of Social Sciences Health and Well-being.

Katherine is interested in collective injustice and the impact thereof: When do people act out against injustice? How does experiencing collective injustice affect health? She studies these questions in many societal contexts such as among Roma gypsies, women, targets of man-made earthquakes. She is currently leading a large scale project on the impact of man-made disaster on health (


Tina Kretschmer, Adjunct professor in Pedagogy and Educational Science, Board member of Social Sciences Health and Well-being.

Tina holds a chair in individual differences in social and behavioural development and studies how the interplay of genetic and environmental influences on why some children thrive in terms of health and development and others do not. Currently holder of an ERC Starting Grant to explore cross-context and intergenerational pathways of social development ( and principal investigator on a collaborative project on father absence in the Netherlands and on Curacao.

Susanne Scheibe, Adjunct professor in organizational psychology, board member Social Sciences Health and Well-being.

Susanne Scheibe holds the chair for “Lifespan development and organizational behavior’. She is interested in how emotional competencies and daily emotion/stress dynamics change across adulthood and how age-related changes affect people in work settings. She combines experimental, longitudinal and experience-sampling methods to understand the strengths and vulnerabilities that different age groups bring to the workplace and how work experiences in turn impact people’s emotional development over time.

Gert Stulp, Associate professor in sociology, Board member Social Sciences Health and Well-being.

Gert studies reproductive decision-making from a biosocial perspective. Which social and biological factors contribute most to variation in family size? What are the predictors and consequences of the massive postponement in attempting to conceive a child? He is further developing improved ways of personal network data collection.

Bertus Jeronimus, Assistant professor in developmental psychology, Board member Social Sciences Health and Well-being.

Bertus studies individual differences in personality and happiness and their lifespan trajectories and links to affect/emotion/mood dynamics (internalizing problems) and the environment in which one lives and grows, especially social networks, daily activities, adverse events, and culture. Currently he works on the interaction between personal strengths and vulnerabilities in his Veni project on happy neurotics and the studies HowNutsAreTheDutch and Ieder Kind Is Anders.

Lisette van der Meer, Assistant professor in clinical & developmental neuropsychology, Board member Social Sciences Health and Well-being.

Lisette is interested in (social) cognitive functioning and identity development in people with mental health problems (mostly psychotic disorders). Her research varies from fundamental studies into underlying psychological mechanisms to more applied projects evaluating cognitive rehabilitation programs in clinical practice. She additionally works as a lead researcher at the department of psychiatric rehabilitation at Lentis Psychiatric Institute to sustain the connection between research, education and clinical practice. More info is available at the website of her research group GRIP (Group for Research and Innovation in Psychiatry)

Lucia Boer, Secretary Director of Research Psychology/Project assistant

Secretary Director of Research Psychology/Project assistant

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