dr. M. Schotanus - Dijkstra (Marijke)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Marijke Schotanus-Dijkstra (1984) is a part-time assistant professor of Positive Psychology at the University of Twente. Her expertise is build around mental health prevention with a specific focus on how to make more people flourishing. In addition to her academic activities, she has her own business wherein she gives workshops, readings and personal coaching at HowToFlourish. 


Mental Health
Randomized Controlled Trials
Anxiety Disorders


I currently work on several research projects and grant proposals, such as an experimental study about the acts of kindness-intervention and a self-compassion app for cancer patients. I also supervise PhD-students and master and bachelor students during their thesis. My areas of research interest are public mental health, positive psychology interventions, resilience, longitudinal studies, cost-effectiveness of early interventions, therapeutic behaviors in (online) coaching and counseling, stress and burn-out, depression and eating disorders.

A complete overview of my research and publications can be found on www.howtoflourish.nl/research


Schotanus-Dijkstra, M. (2018). Hoe meet je floreren?Tijdschrift positieve psychologie, 2018(3).
Hendriks, T., Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., Hassankhan, A., Graafsma, T., Bohlmeijer, E., & de Jong, J. (2018). The efficacy of positive psychology interventions from non-Western countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International journal of wellbeing, 8(1), 71-98. DOI: 10.5502/ijw.v8i1.711
Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2016). Flourishing people ('Florissante' mensen). In L. Bormans (Ed.), Geluk 2.0: The World Book of Happiness (pp. 188-193). Tielt.
Kramer, J., Boon, B., Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., van Ballegooijen, W., Kerkhof, A., & Van Der Poel, A. (2015). The mental health of visitors of web-based support forums for bereaved by suicide. Crisis, 36(1), 38-45. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000281
Schotanus-Dijkstra, M., Havinga, P., van Ballegooijen, W., Delfosse, L., Mokkenstorm, J., & Boon, B. (2014). What do the bereaved by suicide communicate in online support groups? A content analysis. Crisis, 35(1), 27-35. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000225

UT Research Information System


  • Coördination of Module 4 (second year students): Clinical Psychology Lectures
  • Lectures of Master PPT: Applied Positive Psychology
  • Supervising Bachelor and Master students with their thesis

Affiliated Study Programmes





  • Randomized controlled trial about happiness exercises in the general Dutch population
  • Meta-analysis about multicomponent positive psychology interventions
  • Meta-analysis about Acts of Kindness interventions
  • Meta-analysis about online positive psychology interventions



All my newspaper, radio and television interviews can be found on my website: www.howtoflourish.nl 

Contact Details

Visiting Address

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

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

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