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.
Fields of research
Within CPE 4 departments with different fields of research take part:
Examples of research questions:
- How do people function at work having survived cancer?
- What is the effectiveness of a family centred approach in preventive child health care?
- What is the impact of mental health on the school-to-work transition of young adults?
- Can mindfulness support people in dealing with chronic disease?
- How can patients learn to become more resilient (how can they break out of a negative mental loop)?
- 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 do our students say?
“I think the best part of CPE is that you really feel what is like to be a researcher. You can dedicate a large percentage of your study time to your research project, allowing you to really focus on doing research. In a year’s time, you become an expert on your topic. Additionally, writing a PhD proposal is an integral part of this Master, making it much easier to continue your studies with a PhD.
My research during my Masters - and now in my PhD - looks at how lifestyle choices influence employment outcomes. For example: how do exercise and dietary choices affect sick leave? What I love about this is how practical it is. Sometimes research seems very theoretical, but for my research, it’s immediately clear how it can be used to make people’s lives better.”
- Patricia Ots, former CPE student, now a PhD researcher at the Graduate School of Medical Sciences
‘There are sixteen students of ten different nationalities in my year. The professors and researchers that teach us, encourage us to share ideas and to do background research on our own initiative. With success. Every student is motivated and involved.’
- Manon Schallig, CPE student
‘It is important to share science. Topics that we research in Groningen can be of great importance to other countries and vice-versa. Talking about it leads to new perspectives and maybe even opportunities for further research by like-minded researchers.’
- Matheus Silva Gurgel do Amaral - former CPE student, now a PhD researcher at the Graduate School of Medical Sciences