Short CV/Education and training

  • Current positions

  • Full-time professor of Health Psychology, Leiden University (The Netherlands)

  • Head of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology department, Leiden University, The Netherlands

  • Chair Profile Area "Health, Prevention and the Human Life Cycle"

Selected publications

  • Evers, AWM, Verhoeven, EWM, Middendorp, H, Sweep, FGJ, Kraaimaat, FW, Donders, ART, Eijsbouts, AE, Laarhoven, AIM van, Brouwer, S de, Wirken, L, Radstake, TRDJ, & van Riel, PLCM Daily stressors, stress vulnerability, immune and HPA-axis activity, and short-term fluctuations in rheumatoid arthritis activity. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-203143.

  • Evers AWM, Zautra A, Thieme K (2011). Stress and resilience in rheumatic diseases: a review and glimpse into the future. Nature Reviews Rheumatology, 7:409-15.

  • De Brouwer SJM, Kraaimaat FW, Sweep FCGJ, Donders ART, Eijsbouts A, Van Koulil S, Van Riel PLCM, Evers AWM (2011). Psychophysiological responses to stress after stress management training in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. PLoS ONE, 6(12): e27432.

  • Van Laarhoven AIM, Vogelaar ML, Wilder-Smith OH, Van Riel PLCM, Van de Kerkhof PCM, Kraaimaat FW, Evers AWM (2011). Induction of nocebo and placebo effects on itch and pain by verbal suggestions. Pain, 152:1486-94.

  • Evers, A.W.M., Kraaimaat, F.W., van Lankveld, W., Jongen, P.J.H., Jacobs, J.W.G. & Bijlsma, J.W.J. (2001). Beyond unfavorable thinking: The Illness Cognition Questionnaire for chronic diseases. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69, 1026-1036.


Selected projects

  • Unraveling the placebo effect: The power of expectancies for conditioning the immune and endocrine system. Radboud University (NWO-Vidi grant for high potentials, Innovational Research Incentives scheme VIDI grant, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 2010-2015) (grant applicant).

  • Psychophysiological stress mechanisms in chronic inflammatory diseases. Radboud University (NWO-Veni grant for high potentials, Innovational Research Incentives scheme VENI grant, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, 2004 – 2007).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Young Academy of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) Since 2013.

  • Board Dutch Veni-Vidi-Vici Researchers Innovational Research Scheme (NWO, VVViO), 2010-2014.

  • Scientific Board of the Dutch Association for Research in Psychology & Health (ARPH), since 2011.

  • Board Dutch Affiliation International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (NISRII), since 2011.

  • Experimental Psychopathology (EPP), associate senior member since 2003.

  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), Chairboard Placebo Interest group, since 2012.

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