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J. Austin MSc (Judith)

Assistant Professor (4TU TT)

About Me

Judith Austin works at the intersection of health psychology, positive psychology and eHealth & design. Her research and education are focused on promoting health, compassion and well-being in a high tech society.

Expertise

Social Sciences
Cancer
Self-Criticism
Well-Being
Medicine & Life Sciences
Emotions
Health
Mental Health
Mindfulness
Technology

Research

In her doctoral research, Austin co-designed and evaluated a mobile self-compassion intervention (Compas-Y) for people with newly diagnosed cancer. This Compassionate Mind Training application is uniquely tailored to people with cancer and to mobile technology. The co-design process was based on systematically integrating theory and evidence with user wishes and needs. Using mixed methods and integrative analysis, Austin evaluated the use, appreciation and mental health impact of the application.

Building on her work on co-design and eHealth, Austin continues to examine creative ways to include people’s wishes and needs regarding the scope and acceptance of a technology. As part of the interdisciplinary 4TU RECENTRE project, wishes and needs of people with cancer or obesity regarding lifestyle-related sensor technologies are investigated with adaptive virtual reality and sensor related future-self perceptions. Austin experimentally examines how virtual reality can be leveraged as an eHealth development method. Areas of interest are compassionate technology and multiple self approaches. 

Austin most aligns with interdisciplinary and mixed methods research. Both of these facilitate original thinking by challenging established conventions, and embrace knowledge emerging from divergence and complexity. Austin is involved in student supervision and guest lectures. Her research and education are focused on promoting health, compassion and well-being in a high tech society. 

Publications

Recent
Kloos, N. , Austin, J. , Drossaert, S. , Kraiss, J., Watkins, P. , Schotanus-Dijkstra, M. , & Bohlmeijer, E. (2021). Development of a gratitude app to support people struggling with the COVID-19 crisis (+ Demonstration). Abstract from 10th Annual Conference of the Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH) 2021.
Austin, J. , Drossaert, S. C. H. C., Schroevers, M. J. , Sanderman, R., Kirby, J. N. , & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2020). Compassion-Based Interventions for People with Long-Term Physical Conditions: a Mixed Methods Systematic Review. Abstract from 9th Annual Conference of the Association for Researchers in Psychology and health (ARPH) 2020, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.
Austin, J. , Drossaert, S. , van Dijk, J., Mirkovic, J., Børøsund, E. , Sanderman, R., Schroevers, M. J. , & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2020). The co-creative development process of an integrated mHealth self-compassion intervention for people with newly diagnosed cancer. Abstract from 9th Annual Conference of the Association for Researchers in Psychology and health (ARPH) 2020, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B108
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B108
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands