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    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? 


Current courses

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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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Research Output

Between hope and fear: A qualitative study on perioperative experiences and coping of patients after lumbar fusion surgery

Van Der Horst, A. Y., Trompetter, H. R., Pakvis, D. F. M., Kelders, S. M., Schreurs, K. M. G. & Bohlmeijer, E. T., 2019, In : International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. 35, p. 100707 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Beyond adaptive mental functioning with pain as the absence of psychopathology: Prevalence and correlates of flourishing in two chronic pain samples

    Trompetter, H. R., Mols, F. & Westerhof, G. J., 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 12 p., 2443.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Longitudinal associations of autonomy, relatedness, and competence with the well-being of nursing home residents

    Kloos, N., Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T. & Westerhof, G. J., 2019, In : The Gerontologist. 59, 4, p. 635–643

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • B positive: A randomized controlled trial of a multicomponent positive psychology intervention for euthymic patients with bipolar disorder - study protocol and intervention development

    Kraiss, J. T., ten Klooster, P. M., Chrispijn, M., Trompetter, H. R., Stevens, A. W. M. M., Neutel, E., Kupka, R. W. & Bohlmeijer, E. T., 2018, In : BMC Psychiatry. 18, 1, 13 p., 335.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Development and validation of the forms of self criticizing attacking and self reassuring scale: Short form

    Sommers-Spijkerman, M., Trompetter, H. R., Ten Klooster, P., Schreurs, K., Gilbert, P. & Bohlmeijer, E., 2018, In : Psychological Assessment. 30, 6, p. 729-743

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review