Dr. Véronique de Gucht

  • Assistant Professor

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3863
E-Mail: degucht@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 2A05A

  • MSc Clinical and Developmental Psychology (1989); Advamced degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (1999).
  • PhD obtained in 2001. Title PhD thesis: "Personality and affect as predictors of medically unexplained symptoms in primary care".

Research interest and expertise

My current area of research is situated within the domain of (clinical) health psychology, with special emphasis on (1) psychosocial determinants and psychological consequences of chronic disease, (2) the development and evaluation of interventions for patients suffering from chronic diseases (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Coronary Heart Disease) and (3) medically unexplained physical symptoms and syndromes, including observational studies and intervention studies (e.g. chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome).

Grant acquisition

Recent: PhD grant (starting March 1, 2009; duration four years) of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/47579/2008 - FCT - MCTE). The objective of the research project was to pilot-test a physical activity intervention, based upon self-regulation and motivational counselling in CFS patients in Lisbon and Porto.

Managerial positions

  • Member of the Executive Board of the Belgian National Health Council (which directly advises the Belgian government on health issues) (January 2009 - present)
  • Expert member of the Belgian National Health Council. (January 2004 - present)
  • Member of the Board of Psychology and Director of Research of the Institute of Psychology, Leiden University (Januari 2009 - May 2011)

Other international activities (selection)

  • Invited lectures/seminars in Bejing (2004), London (2005), Aix-en-Provence (2005), Metz (2010), Lisbon (2011), Newcastle (2012) and Toulouse (2012/2014).
  • Member of the European Health Psychology Society.
  • Member of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Selected Publications (10)

Knittle, K., De Gucht, V., Hurkmans, E., Peeters, A., Ronday, K., Maes, S., Vliet Vlieland, T. Targeting motivation and self-regulation to increase physical activity among patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10067-013-2425-x (IF=2.04)

Janssen, V., De Gucht, V., Van Exel, H., & Maes, S. (2013). Beyond resolutions? A randomized controlled trial of a self-regulation lifestyle program for post-cardiac rehabilitation patients. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 20, 431-441. doi:10.1177/2047487312441728 (IF=3.04)

Marques, M., De Gucht, V., Maes, S., & Leal, I. (2013). A cross-cultural perspective on psychological determinants of chronic fatigue syndrome : a comparison between a Portuguese and a Dutch patient sample. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 229-38. doi:10.1007/s12529-012-9265-y (IF=2.63)

Janssen, V., De Gucht, V., Dusseldorp, E., & Maes, S. (2013). Lifestyle Modification Programs for Patients with Coronary Heart Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 20, 620-640. doi:10.1177/204748312462824 (IF=3.04)

Marques, M., De Gucht, V., Maes, S., Leal, I. (2012). Protocol for the « four steps to control your fatigue (4-steps) » randomized controlled trial: a self-regulation based physical activity intervention for patients with unexplained chronic fatigue. BMC Public Health, 12, 202. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-202 (IF=2.52)

Knittle, K., De Gucht, V., Hurkmans, E. J., Vliet Vlieland, T. P. M., Peeters, A. J., Ronday, H. K., Maes, S. (2011). Effect of self-efficacy and physical activity goal achievement on arthritis pain and quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 63, 1613-1619.  (IF=5.05)

Knittle, K., Maes, S., & De Gucht, V. (2010). Psychological Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Meta-Analysis from a self-regulation perspective. Arthritis Care and Research, 62, 10, 1460-1472. (IF=5.05)
De Gucht, V., Fischler, B., & Heiser, W. (2004). Personality and affect as determinants of medically unexplained symptoms in primary care: A follow-up study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 56, 279-285. (IF=3.56)

De Gucht, V., Van Elderen, T., Van Der Kamp, L., & Oldridge, N. (2004). Quality of life after myocardial infarction: Translation and validation of the MacNew Questionnaire for a Dutch population. Quality of Life Research, 13, 1483-1488. (IF=2.84)

De Gucht, V. & Fischler, B. (2002). Somatization: A critical review of conceptual and methodological issues. Psychosomatics, 43, 1-9. (IF=2.28)

Last Modified: 14-01-2016