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Hetty Zock is Professor of Psychology of Religion, with particular attention to the domain of spiritual care

15 March 2011

On 1 February 2011, Hetty Zock was appointed Professor of Psychology of Religion, with particular attention to the domain of spiritual care, by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen.  

Prof. Zock (Schiedam, 1957) took a degree in Theology and then followed the Theological Training Programme in Leiden. After finishing her degree, she worked at Leiden University and as a pastoral carer and vicar. In 1990 Zock gained a PhD with a thesis entitled ‘A psychology of ultimate concern. Erik H. Erikson’s contribution to the psychology of religion’. In 1999 she was appointed lecturer in the psychology of religion at the University of Groningen and later became reader. She has been coordinator of the Master’s degree programme in pastoral care since 2001. 

Zock’s research concentrates on two areas in particular. One is psychology of religion research into contemporary philosophical processes and identity formation. The main tools here are relational-psychoanalytical models and contemporary theories of identity. One of the most important research themes is the increasing importance of art as a source of meaning and life orientation. In addition, Zock researches the changing vocation of pastoral carer in the current philosophical context. At the moment she is setting up a research project to investigate care of the elderly.

Zock is also professor by special appointment in Religion and Mental Health, funded by the KSGV.

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