Research Programme

Health and Medical psychology

The field of health and medical psychology includes the following, related subdisciplines:

  • The development, evaluation, and implementation of psychobiological models in the area of health behaviour and prevention (e.g, exercising, reducing overweight).
  • The development, evaluation, and implementation of psychobiological models (including psychophysiological stress systems, cognitive-behavioural factors) that play a role in the development, maintenance, and exacerbation of physical complaints (e.g., itch, pain) and chronic somatic conditions (e.g., rheumatic and skin conditions, cardiovascular diseases).
  • The development, evaluation, and implementation of health-promoting screening instruments and (personalized) interventions (e.g., eHealth self-management and cognitive-behavioural therapeutic interventions for chronic somatic conditions).


The neuropsychological research projects are first of all aimed at the diagnostics, prognostics, and/or treatment of cerebral conditions. Especially Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, CADASIL, HCHWA-D, NPH, NPSLE, anxiety and depression, migraine, and narcolepsy are examined. Adjacent to it, research focuses on the development and validation of (clinical) neuropsychological research methods and tests in relation to other clinical and neurobiological measures of normal and deviant behavior, as obtained with behavioural neurology, neuroradiology ((f)MRI, MTI, etcetera), clinical neurophysiology ((q)EEG/ERP, EMG, ECG, etcetera), (neuro)genetics, or questionnaire techniques. A quantitative and multidisciplinary (patient-bound) scientific approach is central.

Last Modified: 28-01-2014