Dr. Margot van der Doef

  • Assistant Professor (Occupational) Health Psychology
  • Health Promotion, with a focus on Occupational Health

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3987
E-Mail: doef@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A07

Margot van der Doef is assistant Professor at the University of Leiden. Her research interests are health promotion and occupational health. Within the area of occupational health psychology, she is currently focusing on quality of work and employee health and well-being; the impact of personal goals pursuit and (non)attainment on employee well-being; work-home conflict and facilitation; development, implementation, and evaluation of worksite health promotion interventions.  

Main Research Projects

  • evaluation of worksite health promotion interventions¬†
  • development of a Work Goal Inventory
  • development and evaluation of an intervention to improve work-home balance among working mothers


  • Bachelor: Health Psychology, Stress, Health & Illness, Bachelorproject
  • Master: Work & Stress, Interventions in Occupational Health, Thesis coordinator, Thesis supervision
  • Ph.D.-supervision

Research School

Psychology & Health

Ancillary Positions

Member of the Health Promotion Task Force of the Academic Collaborative Centre Public Health Northern South-Holland

Press Online


Selected Publications

  • Gebhardt, W.A., van der Doef, M.P., Massey, E.K., Verhoeven, C.J.M., & Verkuil, B. (2010). Goal commitment to finding a partner and satisfaction with life among female singles. Journal of Health Psychology, 15(1), 122-130.
  • Gelsema, T.I., van der Doef, M., Maes, S., Janssen, M, Akerboom, S., & Verhoeven, C. (2006). A longitudinal study of job stress in the nursing profession: Causes and consequences. Journal of Nursing Management, 14, 289-299.
  • Brosschot, J.F., & van der Doef, M.P. (2006). Daily worrying increases somatic complaints; a simple worry reduction intervention helps. Psychology & Health, 21, 19-31.
  • Gelsema, T.I., van der Doef, M., Maes, S., Akerboom, S., & Verhoeven, C. (2005). Job stress in the nursing profession: The influence of organizational and environmental conditions and job characteristics. International Journal of Stress Management, 12, 222-240.
  • Maes, S., & van der Doef, M. (2004). Worksite health promotion. In: A. Kaptein & J. Weinman (Eds.). Health psychology (pp. 358-383). Oxford, England: Blackwell.
  • van der Doef, M., & Maes, S. (2002). Teacher-specific quality of work versus general quality of work assessment: A comparison of their validity regarding burnout, (psycho)somatic well-being and job satisfaction. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 15, 327-344.
  • Gebhardt, W.A., van der Doef, M.P., & Paul, L.B. (2001). The Revised Health Hardiness Inventory (RHHI-24): psychometric properties and relationship with self-reported health and health behavior in two Dutch samples. Health Education Research, 16, 579-592.
  • van der Doef, M., & Maes, S (1999). The Job Demand-Control(-Support) model and psychological well-being: A review of 20 years of empirical research. Work and Stress, 13, 87-114.
  • van der Doef, M., & Maes, S. (1998). The Job Demand-Control(-Support) model and physical health outcomes: A review of the strain and buffer hypotheses. Psychology & Health, 13, 909-936.

Last Modified: 14-01-2016