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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, a Healthy Faculty

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has become a lot healthier, thanks to the first Healthy Faculty event on 29 and 30 October, 2015. Health Psychology master’s students organized workshops for both students and staff. Many of them attended these inspiring workshops and already put the gained knowledge into practice.


Successful NSRII eHealth symposium

The Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit of Leiden University, in collaboration with the Netherlands Society for Research on Internet Interventions (NSRII), organized an inspiring symposium on the state of the art in the field of research on eHealth interventions. This successful symposium took place on 15 October 2015 in Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.


First Healthy Faculty event

Are you interested in a healthy lifestyle? Or have you been trying to improve your health-related behaviour for ages? Then we have a great event for you! On Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October the very first edition of Healthy Faculty will take place. Health Psychology master’s students will tell you everything about health-related topics and what you can do to become healthier than ever.  


Symposium 'Master Student Research & Internship in Health Psychology'

Interested in the master Health Psychology? On Thursday June 11, the Symposium 'Master Student Research & Internship in Health Psychology' takes place. During this symposium our Master students present their thesis research (poster presentation and discussion) and a panel of (former) Master students shares their internship and practice experiences.


Food for Thought 'Interdisciplinary Research: the Future of Science'

The importance of interdisciplinarity in science for innovations and groundbreaking research is increasingly recognized. To demonstrate the unexpected points of view, creative potential and additional value of interdisciplinarity in science, prof. dr. Andrea Evers and her research group have organised a well-attended Food for Thought meeting in the central hall of the Pieter de la Court building on April 23rd.


The role of placebo effects in itch-treatment of patients with skin disease

Placebo effects seem to have a considerable role in the treatment of itch in patients with common skin diseases (e.g. eczema or psoriasis). Dr. Antoinette van Laarhoven (Health, Medical and Neuropsychology) and colleagues have published these findings in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the top journal within the category of Dermatology .   


23 April, 2015: Food for Thought ‘Interdisciplinary research: the future of science’

The importance of interdisciplinarity in science for innovations and groundbreaking research is increasingly recognized. To demonstrate the unexpected points of view, creative potential and additional value of interdisciplinarity in science, this Food For Thought meeting will be organized by the group of prof. Andrea Evers (Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit). All staff and students are welcome!


Rubicon grant for Dr. Keegan Knittle

Dr. Keegan Knittle (Health- Medical and Neuropsychology) was awarded a NWO Rubicon grant for his research on factors and techniques that result in greater motivation for health behaviour change. The grant will provide for two years of research at the Department of Social Research of the University of Helsinki, Finland.


Symposium 'Master Student Research & Internship in Health Psychology'

Interested in the master Health Psychology? On Thursday June 12, the Symposium 'Master Student Research & Internship in Health Psychology' takes place. During this symposium our Master students present their thesis research (poster presentation and discussion) and a panel of (former) Master students shares their internship and practice experiences. A perfect opportunity to get a good impression of the master, and to pose all the questions you may have to our Master students and staff!


Does Ehealth therapy work for physical conditions?

Can online treatment benefit patients with chronic physical disorders? Cognitive behavioural therapy via internet has been shown to be effective. Health psychologist Sylvia van Beugen writes in the 'Journal of Medical Internet Research' about the effects of Ehealth therapy for physical disorders.


Do placebos help against itching?

If a pill containing no active ingredients still helps, this positive expectation is called a placebo effect. A negative expectation is called a nocebo effect. Both can be produced by verbal suggestions and conditioning. According to Andrea Evers’ research group, combining these is the most promising approach to itching.


Health, Medical and Neuropsychology

As of January 1, 2014, the new ‘Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit’ has been launched. Within this unit, education is offered and research is conducted on related fields of psychology: Health, Medical, and Neuropsychology.