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About us Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Psychology Research Units Clinical Psych. & Exp. Psychopathology


The focus of the research unit Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology is on explaining key features of psychopathology, that are shared by many of the psychiatric disorders and to translate our findings into clinical applications. Accordingly, we follow a trans-diagnostic approach with a current focus on cognitive-motivational processes and interpersonal functioning.

Two key features that are highly invalidating and shared by many disorders are the unintentional / automatic occurrence of (i) negative intrusive thoughts or memories, and (ii) invalidating impulsive/reflexive behaviours.

A main goal of our research is to explain the origin, persistence, and recurrent nature of these apparently uncontrollable symptoms; identify risk factors for the development of these symptoms; and to design / test interventions that may help to reduce or prevent the occurrence of these symptoms across disorders.

To achieve this goal we

  • combine (quasi)experimental lab research with more naturalistic studies using Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA);
  • participate in unique large scale longitudinal studies including the Netherlands Study on Depression & Anxiety ( ) and TRacking Adolescents' Individual Life Survey study ( );
  • are involved in many clinical studies partly based on structural collaborations with Mental Health Institutions (MHIs) such as the in- and outpatient clinic GGZ-Drenthe (e.g., psychotic disorders section) and the University Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Accare (e.g., anxiety and mood disorders section, eating disorders section).

To strengthen the link between basic research and clinical practice, part of our faculty combines their university appointment with a position in a MHI; in addition, part of our PhD students follow a scientist-practitioner -track combining research, patient care, and clinical training, and who are jointly financed by MHIs and research funds.

Furthermore, group members have prominent positions in several professional organisations such as the Dutch Society for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies; participate in several of the national multidisciplinary guideline committees (anxiety disorders, depression, childhood depression, somatoform disorders, early psychosis, dissociative disorders and trauma- and stress-factor related disorders); and chair the Post Master education for both Health Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists.

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