Hester Trompetter
  • Warandelaan 2, Tias Building, room T 515

    5037 AB Tilburg



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  • September 2014 - mei 2017. Assistant Professor at the department of Psychology, Health and Technology, University of Twente. 
  • Januari 2010 - sptember 2014. PhD student department of Psychology, Health & Technology, University of Twente. 

Research interests

I study if and how psychosocial factors contribute to individual differences in quality of life, functional limitations and mental health of people suffering from chronic pain and other chronic (somatic) conditions, and stress. Additionally, I study the effectiveness and working mechanisms of complementary psychological interventions, primilary Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. 

I am specifically interested in the role of protective psychological factors, including acceptance of negative experiences, (self)compassion and positive emotions, in resilient functioning in the presence of pain and illness. Why and how do some people achieve high levels of quality of life while suffering from disabling, fluctuating and difficult-to-control symptoms like pain and fatigue? And what can these people teach us that we can use to support those people for whom resilient and adaptive functioning is not self-evident? 



I coordinate various courses in the bachelor- and masterprogram. I additionally supervise students writing their master thesis Medical & Clinical Psychology.
  • Coordinator major Clinical Psychology (Psychology)
  • Coordinator and lecturer Personality Disorders (year 2, Psychology)
  • Coordinator and lecturer Advanced Applications: Individual differences, Personality and Health (year 1, research master Individual differences and Assessment)


  • Emotions And Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychosomatic Symptoms
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Flexibility
  • Quality Of Life
  • Medical Psychology
  • Pain
  • Coping
  • Psychotherapy
  • Well-Being
  • Clinical Psychology


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