Bart Verkuil, PhD

  • Assistant professor
  • worry
  • perseverative cognition
  • anxiety
  • psychophysiology
  • vagus nerve (stimulation), autonomic nervous system

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3460
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Klinische Psychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B30

My research focuses on the relation between psychopathology (anxiety and depression) and somatic health. I am particularly interested in the effects of perseverative cognitive processes, like worrying and ruminating, on cardiovascular activity. As worrying affects sleep, I also study the role of sleep in prolonging stress-related pathology. My aim is to gain a better understanding of how recurrent negative thinking about stressful events can damage our somatic health, and how it can eventually explain why ‘stress makes us sick’. Besides working at the section of Clinical Psychology, I work part-time as a counseling psychologist at Skils.

Main research interests

  • Effects of explicit and implicit worrying on cardiovascular activity.
  • Changing selective emotional information processing: moderating effects of sleep and worry.


Experimental Clinical Psychology; Clinical Interviewing and Assessment; Thesis supervision (bachelor and master); Internship supervision; Psychodiagnostics.

Ancillary Positions

  • Clinical practice:
    Counseling psychologist (part-time) at Skils, the Hague.
  • Memberships:    
    Member American Psychosomatic Society (APS)
    Senior member postgraduate school Experimental Psychopathology (EPP)

Online press

Research website:  
Preview: Omgaan met stress en burnout

In press articles

  • Verkuil, B., Brosschot, J.F., Meerman, E., & Thayer, J.F. (in press). Effects of momentary assessed stressful events and worry episodes on somatic health complaints. Psychology and Health.   
  • Verkuil, B., Brosschot, J.F., Gebhardt, W., & Thayer, J.F. (in press). Perseverative cognition, psychopathology and somatic health. To appear as a chapter in: Emotion Regulation and Well-Being. Vingerhoets, A., Nyklicek, I. (Eds). Springer. 
  • Brosschot, J.F., Verkuil, B., & Thayer, J.F. (in press). Conscious and unconscious perseverative cognition: Is a large part of prolonged physiological activity due to unconscious stress? Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 
  • Thayer, J. F., Verkuil, B., Brosschot, J. F., Kampschroer, K., West, A., Sterling, C., Christie, I. C., Abernethy, D., M.D., Heerwagen, J., Sollers, J. J., Cizza, G., Marques, A.H., & Sternberg, E. M., (in press). Effects of the physical work environment on physiological measures of stress. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation

Last Modified: 09-02-2016