Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981 – 1987
    Undergraduate training in psychology, specialisation psychophysiology, University of Amsterdam

  • 1987 – 1991
    PhD-student, Department of Medical Psychology, Maastricht University

  • 1991 – 1992
    Project Manager Research, Institute of Human Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University

  • 1993 – 1997
    Post-doc researcher, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University Utrecht

  • 1997 – 2002
    Assistant professor, Department of Medical Clinical and Experimental Psychology, Maastricht University

  • 2002 – 2007
    Associate professor, Department of Medical Clinical and Experimental Psychology, Maastricht University

  • 2009 – 2011
    Vice-Dean Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, board member responsible for research

  • Since 2007
    Full professor; Chair: Experimental Health Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University

Selected publications

  • Peters, M.L., Smeets, E., Feijge, M., van Breukelen, G., Andersson, G., Buhrman, M., & Linton, S.J. Happy despite pain: a randomized controlled trial of an 8-week internet-delivered positive psychology intervention for enhancing well-being in patients with chronic pain. Clinical Journal of Pain.

  • Boselie, J., Vancleef, L.G.M., Peters, M.L. (2017). Increasing optimism protects against pain-induced impairments in task shifting performance. Journal of Pain. 18: 446-455.

  • Theunissen, M., Peters, M.L., Schepers, J., Maas, J.W.M., Tournois, F., van Suijlekom, H.A., Gramke, H.F., Marcus, M.A.E. (2016). Recovery 3 and 12 months after hysterectomy: epidemiology and predictors of chronic pain, physical functioning and global surgical recovery, Medicine, 95: 26 (e3980)

  • VandenKerkhof, E.G., Peters, M.L., Bruce, J. (2013). Chronic pain after surgery: Time for standardization? A framework to establish core risk factor and outcome domains for epidemiological studies. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29, 2-8

  • Hanssen, M.M., Peters, M.L., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., Meevissen., Y.M.C., Vancleef, L.M.G. (2013). Optimism lowers pain: evidence of the causal status and underlying mechanisms. Pain, 154, 53-58

  • Meevissen, Y., Alberts, H. & peters, M.L. (2011). Become more optimistic by imagining a best possible self: Effects of a two week intervention. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42, 371-378

  • Peters, M.L., Sommer, M., van Kleef, M., Marcus, M.A.E. (2010). Predictors of physical and emotional recovery 6 and 12 months after surgery. British Journal of Surgery, 97: 1518-1527

  • Gatchel, R.J., Peng, Y.B., Peters, M.L., Fuchs, P.N. & Turk, D. (2007). The Biopsychosocial Approach to Chronic Pain: Scientific Advances and Future Directions. Psychological Bulletin, 4, 581-624

  • Peters, M.L., Sommer, M. de Rijke, J.M. Kessels, A. Heineman, E., Patijn, J., Marcus, M.A.E., Vlaeyen, J.W.S. & van Kleef, M. (2007). Somatic and psychological predictors of long-term unfavourable outcome after surgical intervention. Annals of Surgery, 245, 487-494.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • member of scientific evaluation committee Flanders Scientific Organization (FWO), section societal and behavioral science (M&GW3)

  • member of scientific evaluation committee Institut National du Cancer (France), section social sciences

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