dr. S.M. Kelders (Saskia)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Dr. Saskia M. Kelders is Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands and extraordinary professor at Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus. Her research interests are positive psychology, persuasive technology and digital interventions. She's now working on her VENI project on using individual engagement to personalize eHealth interventions. Methods used are, for example, analysis of log data, experimental studies and randomized controlled trials. Examples of interventions Saskia works on are web-based gamified interventions and mobile apps to increase wellbeing.


Weights And Measures
Randomized Controlled Trials
Mental Health
Application Programs


van Gemert-Pijnen, J. E. W. C., Kip, H., Kelders, S. M., & Sanderman, R. (2018). Introducing eHealth. In L. van Gemert-Pijnen, S. M. Kelders, H. Kip, & R. Sanderman (Eds.), eHealth Research, Theory and Development : A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (pp. 3-26). London: Routledge.
Kip, H., Kelders, S. M., Bouman, Y., Dijkslag, D., & van Gemert-Pijnen, L. (2017). Participatory development of Virtual Reality to coach forensic psychiatric patients. In P. W. de Vries, & T. Van Rompay (Eds.), Persuasive Technology: Development and implementation of personalized technologies to change attitudes and behaviours
Kip, H., Sieverink, F., van Gemert-Pijnen, J. E. W. C., & Kelders, S. M. (2017). eHealth MOOC: Combining psychology, technology and health. 6th annual conference of the Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health, Leiden, Netherlands.
Kip, H., Bouman, Y., Kelders, S., Dijkslag, D., & van Gemert-Pijnen, L. (2017). The holistic development process of Virtual Reality for Forensic Mental Healthcare. 299-300. Poster session presented at IAFMHS Conference Split 2017, Split, Croatia.
Kelders, S. M. (2017). The design and short-term effects of gamification within an online well-being intervention. Abstract from ISRII 9th Scientific Meeting, Berlin, Germany.

UT Research Information System


  • eHealth (Master Health Psychology)
  • eMental Health (Master Positive Psychology and Technology)
  • Supervising Bachelor and Master theses



Current research projects

  • The development of an online positive psychology intervention with game-elements
  • Systematic review of the influence of persuasive technology on the adherence and effectiveness of web-based interventions
  • Study the added value of a web based interactive care platform (e-Vita) as an integral approach of disease management for patients with diabetes type 2, chronic heart failure or COPD (PhD project Floor Sieverink)

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B 114
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 114
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands