prof.dr. M.L. Noordzij (Matthijs)

Full Professor

About Me

I study the scientific basis and design principles for how (sensor) technology (e.g. a smartwatch measuring physiological signals and capable of giving coaching cues) might support and change (mental) healthcare and self-management.

My research involves working out new scientific standards for validating new wearable technologies that are measuring important aspects of human physiology for use in (mental) healthcare and research. I work on innovative field studies that track people (with subjective and objective measures) with severe problems related to stress, aggression or addiction over long periods of time trying to establish possible links between bodies, thoughts, behaviour and environments. With various stakeholders (patients, caregivers, managers, designers, developers, scientists) I’m involved in co-designing ambulatory biofeedback and novel bio cueing systems for self regulation. I’m also interested how we can design technology and how we work with technology starting from core human values such as compassion (https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/compassionatetechnology/).

For the next 5-10 years my focus will be on integrating all these themes on the topic of moving the measurement of stress from the lab to daily life in the multidisciplinary Stress-in-Action project (https://stress-in-action.nl/).




Medicine & Life Sciences
Biofeedback (Psychology)
Forensic Psychiatry
Wearable Electronic Devices


ter Harmsel, J. F. , Noordzij, M. L., van der Pol, T. M., Swinkels, L. T. A., Goudriaan, A. E., & Popma, A. (2023). Exploring the effects of a wearable biocueing app (Sense-IT) as an addition to aggression regulation therapy in forensic psychiatric outpatients. Frontiers in psychology, 14, Article 983286. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.983286
ter Harmsel, J. F., Smulders, L. M. , Noordzij, M. L., Swinkels, L. T. A., Goudriaan, A. E., Popma, A., & van der Pol, T. M. (2023). Forensic Psychiatric Outpatients' and Therapists' Perspectives on a Wearable Biocueing App (Sense-IT) as an Addition to Aggression Regulation Therapy: Qualitative Focus Group and Interview Study. JMIR Formative Research, 7, Article e40237. https://doi.org/10.2196/40237
Nijhof, K., Looff, P. D., Nijman, H., Loon, M. V., Klop, J., Strijbosch, E., Konijn, C., Popma, A. , & Noordzij, M. (2023). Ambulatory physiological stress measurements prior to aggression incidents in residential youth care. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/auwyq
de Looff, P., Duursma, R. , Noordzij, M., Taylor, S., Jaques, N., Scheepers, F., de Schepper, K., & Koldijk, S. (2022). Wearables: An R Package With Accompanying Shiny Application for Signal Analysis of a Wearable Device Targeted at Clinicians and Researchers. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 16, Article 856544. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2022.856544
van Doorn, M., Nijhuis, L. A., Monsanto, A., van Amelsvoort, T., Popma, A., Jaspers, M. W. M. , Noordzij, M. L., Öry, F. G., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., & Nieman, D. H. (2022). Usability, Feasibility, and Effect of a Biocueing Intervention in Addition to a Moderated Digital Social Therapy-Platform in Young People With Emerging Mental Health Problems: A Mixed-Method Approach. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, Article 871813. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.871813
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  • Advanced Research Methods for Research Methods in Psychology, Health and Technology
  • Compassionate Technology
  • Supervision of Master theses
  • Supervision of Bachelor theses

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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


Below you will find the list of my current and recently finished projects.


Current Projects

Finished Projects

  • SENSE-IT: Aiming for the improvement of emotional awareness in patients with severe borderline personality disorder.

  • Biofeedback for aggression regulation problems in the forensic ambulatory care

  • Real-time tele-monitoring of physiological processes and self-reported craving to reduce relapse rates in alcohol addiction.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B123
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B123
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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