In June 2013, I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Twente. For my bachelor’s thesis, I conducted a quantitative study about the effect of cognitive workload on the improvement of lie detection by means of skin conduction. After this I have completed five master's courses in September 2013 in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University.
In February 2014, I started with the master’s program Positive Psychology & Technology at the University of Twente. I did an internship at GGNet, at the department of prevention for a period of nine month. Here I was (co-)trainer of preventive training for informal caregivers in mental health care. Themes of these trainings were dealing with mental disorders such as autism, ADHD and depression. Besides these courses I gave workshops on ACT and How to sleep better for informal caregivers as (co-)trainer.
In my master's thesis, titled Daily experiences of patients with chronic pain, Measured with ESM - a systematic review, I wrote about the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) used on patients with chronic pain in order to monitor daily changes of pain and psychological factors, such as acceptance and optimism. In a systematic review, I summarized studies about ESM that measured the relationships between chronic pain and those psychological factors (several times) a day.
Next to my work at the University of Twente, I am two days a week working at the GGD Twente- the public health institute of Twente. As a trainee, I belong to the team of epidemiologists, health promoters and policymakers. My tasks are especially related to the workgroup of Positive Health. Within this group, I contribute to the consolidation of the concept of Positive Health within the institute. This includes a baseline measurement at different departments about the extent to which working practices are focused on the six dimensions that belong to Positive Health.