Nadia Garnefski, PhD

  • Associate Professor Clinical Psychology
  • Emotion regulation, Coping with chronic disease and physical impairments, Goal adjustment, Mental health, Depression, Self-help interventions, Online interventions, E-health

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3774
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Klinische Psychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B45
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Nadia Garnefski is Associate Professor in Psychology at the Department of Clinical Psychology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her work at the University consists of a combination of research, teaching and management tasks. In addition to these activities, she also works as Cognitive Behavioral Therapist at Rivierduinen.


Main research interests are:

  • The development and evaluation of evidence based self-help and online intervention programs for improving depressed mood in people with a somatic stressor and depressive symptoms. Among the target groups are people with chronic diseases, physical impairments, rheumatism, arterial diseases, hearing loss, medically unexplained symptoms, and definitive infertility. Currently, main focus is on the development and evaluation of an online self-help program for people with HIV and depressive symptoms, which will be studied in a large-scale RCT supported by a grant from the Aids Foundation (PhD: Sanne van Luenen)
  • The development and evaluation of evidence-based online self-help programs for people with HIV and depressive symptoms in other cultures, such as Africa and South-east Asia, including predictor and feasibility studies.
  • To investigate the cognitive and behavioral emotion regulation strategies that people use to handle the experience of negative life stressors or trauma (among which events related to chronic disease and/or physical impairments), and their relationships to psychopathology. Focus is threefold: a) Finding factors of importance in the complex relationship between the experience of stressful life events and maladjustment; b) Finding targets for intervention; and c) On basis of the empirical evidence: Developing new interventions.
  • In addition, she is one of the developers of the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, which can be used to measure people’s cognitive emotion regulation strategies. Currently, a new questionnaire is being developed and validated: the Behavioral Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (BERQ), measuring people’s behavioral strategies.


Study advisor; coordinator of master course Cognitive Behavioral Interventions; Thesis supervisor; supervisor of PhD projects; supervisor of research projects in RINO post-master education in Clinical Psychology.


Member of the board of the Section of Clinical Psychology; Chair and member of the Section Committee of Education. Past activities: Member of the Faculty Board, Education and Science affairs, from 2004 to 2006; Chair of the Psychology Committee of education, from 2006 to 2009; Science committee, and various other advisory committees and work groups in and outside the faculty.

Selected publications

Shown below are selected publications of the past five years. For a complete list of journal and book publications click on the tab Published work at the top of this page or visit the website: 

  • Garnefski, N., Koopman, H., Kraaij, V., & ten Cate, R. (2009). Cognitive emotion regulation strategies and psychological adjustment in adolescents with a chronic disease. Journal of adolescence,32, 449-454.
  • Garnefski, N., Grol, M., Kraaij, V., & Hamming, J. (2009). Cognitive coping and goal adjustment in people with Peripheral Arterial Disease: relationships with depressive symptoms. Patient Education and Counseling, 76, 132-137.
  • Massey, E.K., Garnefski, N., & Gebhardt, W.A. (2009). Daily frustration, cognitive coping and coping efficacy in adolescent headache: A daily diary study. Headache, 49, 1198-1205.
  • Garnefski, N., Kraaij, V., Schroevers, M.J., Aarnink, J., Heiden, D.J. van der, Es, S.M. van, Herpen, M. van, & Somsen, G.A. (2009). Cognitive coping and goal adjustment after first-time myocardial infarction: relationships with symptoms of depression. Behavioral Medicine, 35, 79-86.
  • Garnefski, N. & Kraaij, V. (2009). Cognitive coping and psychological adjustment in different types of stressful life events. Individual Differences research, 7, 168-181.
  • Garnefski, N., Kraaij, V. de Graaf, M., & Karels, L. (2010). Psychological intervention targets for people with visual impairments: The importance of cognitive coping and goal adjustment. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32, 142-147.
  • Kraaij, V. Emmerik A. van, Garnefski, N., Schroevers, M.J., Lo-Fo-Wong, D., Empelen, P. van, Dusseldorp, E., Witlox, R., & Maes, S. (2010). Effects of a cognitive behavioral self-help program and a computerized structured writing intervention on depressed mood for HIV-infected people: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Patient Education and Counseling, 80, 200-204.
  • Garnefski, N. & Kraaij, V. (2010). Do Cognitive Coping and Goal Adjustment strategies shortly after Myocardial Infarction predict Depressive outcomes one year later?" Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 25, 383-389.
  • Kraaij, V., Garnefski, N., Schroevers, M.J., Weijmer, J., & Helmerhorst, F. (2010). Cognitive coping, goal adjustment and depressive and anxiety symptoms in people undergoing infertility treatment: A prospective study. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 876-886.
  • Garnefski, N. & Kraaij, V. (2011). Effects of a cognitive behavioral self-help program on depressed mood for people with acquired chronic physical impairments: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Patient Education and Counseling, 85, 304-307.
  • Garnefski, N. & Kraaij, V. (2012). Effects of a Cognitive Behavioral Self-help Program on Emotional Problems for People With Acquired Hearing Loss: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal Of Deaf Studies And Deaf Education, 17,75-84.
  • Garnefski, N. & Kraaij, V. (2012).Cognitive coping and Goal Adjustment are associated with symptoms of depression and Anxiety in people with Acquired Hearing Loss. International Journal of Audiology, 51,, 545-550.
  • Garnefski, N., Kraaij, V., Benoist, M., Bout, Z., Karels, E., Smit, A. (2013). . Arthritis Care and Research , 65, 1077 – 1084.
  • Garnefski, N., Kraaij, V., Wijers, E., & Hamming, J. (2013). Effects of a cognitive-behavioral self-help program on depressed mood for people with peripheral arterial disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Setting, 20, 186-191.
  • Garnefski, N. & Kraaij, V. (2014). Bully victimization and emotional problems in adolescents: Moderation by specific cognitive coping strategies? Journal of Adolescence, 37,  1153-1160.

Last Modified: 26-07-2016