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", Leiden University

Selected publications

  • Berende, A.M.D., ter Hofstede, H.J.M., Vos, F.J., van Middendorp, H., Vogelaar, M.L., Tromp, M., van den Hoogen, F., Donders, A.R.T., Evers, A.W.M., & Kullberg, B-J. (2016). Randomized trial of longer-term therapy for symptoms attributed to Lyme disease. New England Journal of Medicine, 374, 1209-1220. [Impact 72.41]

  • Evers, A.W.M. (2017). Using the placebo effect: How expectations and learned immune function can optimize dermatological treatments. Experimental Dermatology, 26, 18-21. [Impact 2.68, invited review]

  • Evers, A.W.M., Gieler, U., Hazes, M., & van Middendorp, H. (2014). Incorporating biopsychosocial characteristics into personalized healthcare: a clinical approach. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 83,148-157. [Impact 8.96]

  • Evers, A.W.M., Verhoeven, E.W.M., van Middendorp, H., Sweep, F.G.J., Kraaimaat, F.W., Donders, A.R.T., Eijsbouts, A.E., van Laarhoven, A.I.M., de Brouwer, S., Wirken, L., Radstake, T.R.D.J., & van Riel, P.L.C.M. (2014). Does stress affect the joints? Daily stressors, stress vulnerability, immune and HPA-axis activity, and short-term fluctuations in rheumatoid arthritis activity. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73, 1683-1688. [Impact 12.81]

  • Evers, A.W.M., Zautra, A., & Thieme, K. (2011). Stress and resilience in rheumatic diseases. A review and glimpse into the future. Nature Reviews Rheumatology, 7, 409-415. [Impact 12.19]

  • 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.[Impact 5.45]

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The power of expectations: Unraveling the role of nocebo effects in the sensitization of somatic symptoms. NWO-Vici grant for high potentials, Innovational Research Incentives scheme VICI grant, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 2017-2021, 1.499,205 Euro (grant applicant).

  • We all benefit: The ecosystem for healthy living. Hartstichting – ZonMW, 2017-2021, 2.499.426 Euro (projectleader).

  • Empowering expectations for health and disease: Development of a pioneering training tool. ERC Proof of Concept Grant 2015, 2016-2018, 150.000 Euro (grant applicant).

  • Empowering expectations for health and disease: Training of the immune and endocrine system. ERC Consolidator Grant 2013, 2014-2019, 1.981.009 Euro (grant applicant).

  • 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) 796.913 Euro (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). 199.790 Euro (grant applicant).

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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