Prof. Andrea W.M. Evers

  • Full professor Health Psychology
  • Chair of the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6891
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B55


Therapist training and certificates (selection)

  • Registration supervisor cognitive-behaviour therapy (2009) and cognitive-behaviour therapist (2004)

  • Registration clinical psychologist (BIG) (2006)

Grants (selection)

  • Empowering expectations for health and disease: Training of the immune and endocrine system. ERC Consolidator Grant 2013, 2014-2019, ca. 2.000.000 Euro (grant applicant).
  • Unraveling the placebo effect: The power of expectancies for conditioning the immune and endocrine system. NWO-Vidi grant for high potentials, Innovational Research Incentives scheme VIDI grant, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 2010-2015, 800.000 Euro + 50.000 Euro NWO Aspasia grant (grant applicant)
  • Psychophysiological stress mechanisms in chronic inflammatory diseases. NWO-Veni grant for high potentials, Innovational Research Incentives scheme VENI grant, NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, 2004-2007, 200.000 Euro (grant applicant)

Other (inter)national activities (selection)

National scientific memberships and advisory boards (selection)

  • Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) (since 2013)
  • Board Dutch Veni-Vidi-Vici Researchers Innovational Research Scheme (NWO,VVViO) (since 2010)
  • Scientific Board of the Dutch Association for Research in Psychology & Health (ARPH) (since 2011)

Research schools and institutes (selection)

  • Experimental Psychopathology (EPP) (associate senior member 2003 – 2013, senior member since 2013)
  • Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition & Behavior (Principal Investigator since 2013)
  • Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (since 2014)

Editorial, reviewer and advisory activities (selection)

  • Editorial Advisory Board European Journal of Pain (since 2012)
  • Editorial Advisory Board International Journal of Psychology (since 2011)

Press and published media (selection)

Journals, Radio and Television (selection)

Evers, A.W.M. (2012) An emotional response. Nature Outlook (Supplement Nature). Vol. 492. Dec 2012. p. S62-S63.

Evers, A.W.M. (2013). Itch [Jeuk]. Nederland 3, BNN Je zult het maar hebben, June 18, 2013.  [link]

Evers, A.W.M. (2013). Stress and health and disease. [Stress and health and disease.] Hoe?zo! Wetenschapsprogramma, Radio 5, March 2013. [link]

Evers, A.W.M. (2012). Placebo effects [Placebo effecten]. Nederland 2, VPRO Labyrint Science TV 2012, January 18. [link]

Evers, A.W.M. (2011). Psychological pain control. [Psychologische pijnbestrijding.] RTL 4, RTL Consult TV, No.14, May 2. [link]

Publications (selection)

Evers, A.W.M., Gieler, U., Hasenbring, M.I., & van Middendorp, H. (2014). Incorporating Biopsychosocial Characteristics into Personalized Healthcare. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 83, 148-15 [Impact 7.23].

Evers, A.W.M., Verhoeven, E.W.M., Middendorp, H., Sweep, F.G.J., Kraaimaat, F.W., Donders, A.R.T., Eijsbouts, A.E., Laarhoven, A.I.M. van, Brouwer, S. de, 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 disease and symptom fluctuations in rheumatoid arthritis. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (in press). [Impact 9.11]

Evers, A.W.M., Zautra, A. & Thieme, K. (2011). Stress and resilience in rheumatic diseases. A review and glimps into the future. Nature Reviews Rheumatology, 7, 409-415. [Impact 9.75]

Bartels, D., van Laarhoven, A., Haverkamp, E., Wilder-Smith, O., Donders, R., van Middendorp, H., van der Kerkhof, P., & Evers, A.W.M. (2014) Role of conditioning and verbal suggestion in placebo and nocebo effects on itch. Plos One, 9(3):e91727. [Impact 3.73]

Van Beugen, S., Ferwerda, M., Hoeve, D., Rovers, M., Spillekom-van Koulil, S., Van Middendorp, H., & Evers, A.W.M. (2014). A meta-analytic review of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with chronic somatic conditions. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(3):e88. [Impact 3.77]

Brouwer de, S.J.M., van Middendorp, H., Kraaimaat, F.W., Sweep, C.G.J., Joosten, I., Radstake, T.R., van Riel, P.L.C.M. & Evers, A.W.M. (2014). Immunological responses to stress after stress management in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Research and Therapy, in press. [Impact 4.30]

Brouwer de, S.J.M., van Middendorp, H, Kraaimaat, F.W., Sweep, C.G.J., Radstake, T.R., van Riel, P.L.C.M. & Evers, A.W.M. (2014). Psychophysiological responses to stress in patients with psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. British Journal of Dermatology, 170(4), 824-31 . [Impact 3.76]

Ferwerda, M., van Beugen, S., van Burik, A., van Middendorp, H., de Jong, E.M.G.J.,van de Kerkhof, P.C.M., van Riel, P.L.C.M., Evers, A.W.M (2013). What patients think about E-health: patients’ perspective on internet-based cognitive behavioral treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Clinical Rheumatology, 32, 869-873. [Impactfactor 2.04]

Laarhoven, A.I.M. van, Kraaimaat, F.W., Wilder-Smith, O.H., van Riel, P.L.C.M., van de Kerkhof, P.C.M., & Evers, A.W.M. (2013). Sensitivity to itch and pain in patients with psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. Experimental Dermatology, 22, 530-534. [Impact 3.58]

Last Modified: 24-12-2015