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prof.dr. G.J. Westerhof (Gerben)

Full Professor

About Me

My focus of research is narrative psychology and technology. I study how personal stories contribute to the lifespan development of identity, mental health and well-being over time. Theories from positive psychology and gerontology contribute to a better understanding of the role of personal stories. Technology supports people in constructing and sharing stories about their lives, for example in digital life story books or online therapy. Technology supports researchers in analyzing how stories are expressed in everyday life, for example in the expression of emotions or in conversations between counselors and clients.

Expertise

Mental Health
Depression
Psychology
Document
Anxiety
Health
Narrative
Text

Publications

Recent Articles
Kloos, N., Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Westerhof, G. J. (2017). Well-being of nursing home professional caregivers: testing a positive psychological intervention. 1147. Poster session presented at 21st World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2017, San Francisco, United States.

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B 118
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B 118
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands