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Nina Kupper Ph.D. is associate professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Before her appointment at Tilburg University she worked at the Georgia Prevention Institute, Georgia Regents University, Augusta (GA), US.

Dr. Kupper received her Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2005), focusing on the behavioral genetics of ambulatory cardiovascular functioning. Since then, her research career has centered on explanatory mechanisms in behavioral cardiology.

Currently, Dr. Kupper investigates individual differences in association with psychophysiological mechanisms in patients with heart disease. At the moment, several studies are running (THORESCI, PSYCHE) in which she investigates psychological risk and protection factors and related biobehavioral mechanisms in association with cardiovascular disease progression after percutaneous coronary intervention.

With respect to the educational program at Tilburg University, Dr. Kupper lectures in the Medical Psychology master program, and the Individual Differences & Assessment Research Master. She is course director of several courses. From 2010 til 2020, dr. Kupper has been the Chair of the School's Ethics Review Board.

Dr. Kupper is actively involved in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine, serving on the editorial boards of Psychosomatic Medicine and General Hospital Psychiatry. She also has served as a reviewer of NWO and Dutch Heart Foundation grant applications.



2013 (Mar) - present     Associate Professor, tenured, 1.0 fte, Tilburg University, Dept. of Medical Psychology

2009 (Dec) - 2013 (Feb) Assistant Professor, tenured, 1.0 fte (0.8 fte until Dec 2010), Tilburg University, Dept. of Medical Psychology & Neuropsychology

2007 (Jan)- 2010 (Dec)Scientific consultant, 0.2 fte, fixed term, TweeSteden hospital, Tilburg

2007 (Sept) ? 2009 (Nov) Assistant Professor, tenure track, fixed term, 0.8 fte, Tilburg University, Dept. of Medical Psychology & Neuropsychology

2007 (Jan)- 2007 (Aug)Post-doctoral fellow, 0.8 fte, fixed term Tilburg University, Department of Medical Psychology

2005 (Oct)?2007 (Jan)Post-doctoral fellow, 1.0 fte, fixed term Tilburg University, Department of Medical Psychology

2005 (May-Sept) Research fellow (NHS grant), 1.0 fte, fixed-term, Georgia Prevention Institute, Augusta (GA), USA

PhD supervision

Advisor of

* Stefanie Duijndam (PhD defense June 2020)

* Manon Enting (ongoing)

* 2 vacancies


Co-advisor of

Robert Smith (2009), Hester Duivis (2012), Madelein Hoogwegt (2014), Dionne Kessing (2015), Eveline van Montfort (2018), Paul Lodder (2023)

Current courses

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Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Heritability of cardiovascular risk factors in a real life setting, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

1 Jul 20011 Jul 2005

Award Date: 9 Nov 2005

Psychology, Master’s Degree, Behavioral neuroscience, Utrecht University

1 Jan 19995 Apr 2000

Award Date: 5 Apr 2000


  • Stress And Disease
  • Depression
  • Type D personality
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Emotions And Health
  • Emotion regulation
  • Psychophysiology


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