People with health issues or a chronic or life-threatening illness often experience difficulties in managing their treatment and adapting to their illness. Many face problems with adhering to treatment and a healthy lifestyle, as well as psychological problems such as depression and anxiety.

Our mission is to optimise the psychological well-being and care for patients and their significant others and health care professionals. Therefore, we examine what enables and impedes adaptation to health issues and illness, informal care giving and well-being of health care professionals, as a means to develop new interventions.

In order to reach our mission, we combine fundamental, applied and clinical research.

  • We study the psychosocial aspects of adaptation to physical illness in patients and their significant others.
  • We study the psychological and work-related functioning of (future) health care professionals.
  • We examine the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of screening and psychological interventions.