Utrecht University, UU, The Netherlands

Scientific contact person: Prof. Denise de Ridder
Department: Clinical & Health Psychology, Self-Regulation Laboratory

 

 

Description of the Institute
Denise de Ridder is the leader of the research program ‘Self-regulation in health behaviour’, which is part of the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, Utrecht University. This program combines two objectives: a strong focus on experimental research on the psychological mechanisms involved in initiating and maintaining healthy behaviour from a self-regulation perspective; and applied research aimed at developing and evaluating behavioural interventions in the medical context for changing health relevant behaviour for both healthy groups (preventative behaviour) and chronically ill samples. The groups has close collaborations with Prof. John de Wit (Dept. of Social Psychology, UU) who has ample experience in the study of ‘fear appeals’ as an intervention tool to change health behaviour.

Qualifications and contribution to the project
The contribution of this research group is derived from three fields of expertise:

  1. theory driven research on preventive health behaviour
  2. ample experience in developing and evaluating behavioural interventions in a medical context
  3. participation in an international network of health psychologists involved in research on health behaviour (De Ridder is scientific director of the Research Institute for Psychology & Health, associate editor of three journals in the domain of health psychology, member of the executive committee of the European Health Psychology Society)

Scientific contact person: Prof. Denise de Ridder
Department: Clinical & Health Psychology, Self-Regulation Laboratory

 

 

Description of the Institute
Denise de Ridder is the leader of the research program ‘Self-regulation in health behaviour’, which is part of the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, Utrecht University. This program combines two objectives: a strong focus on experimental research on the psychological mechanisms involved in initiating and maintaining healthy behaviour from a self-regulation perspective; and applied research aimed at developing and evaluating behavioural interventions in the medical context for changing health relevant behaviour for both healthy groups (preventative behaviour) and chronically ill samples. The groups has close collaborations with Prof. John de Wit (Dept. of Social Psychology, UU) who has ample experience in the study of ‘fear appeals’ as an intervention tool to change health behaviour.

Qualifications and contribution to the project
The contribution of this research group is derived from three fields of expertise:

  1. theory driven research on preventive health behaviour
  2. ample experience in developing and evaluating behavioural interventions in a medical context
  3. participation in an international network of health psychologists involved in research on health behaviour (De Ridder is scientific director of the Research Institute for Psychology & Health, associate editor of three journals in the domain of health psychology, member of the executive committee of the European Health Psychology Society)
Denise de Ridder