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Measuring, knowing, and then what?

There is a lot of measuring going on in mental healthcare, but not enough use is being made of the information from these measurements. This is what Edwin de Beurs concludes in his inaugural lecture ‘Measuring, knowing and then what?' on 27 November. The professor by special appointment of ROM and Benchmarking is campaigning for better use to be made of the results gained from measuring.


Carolien Rieffe appointed Honorary Professor at University College London

Carolien Rieffe is appointed an Honorary Professor at the prestigious UCL Institute of Education, University of London. Rieffe already holds a professorship, Social and Emotional Development, at Developmental Psychology, Leiden University. This new appointment strengthens the existing bond between Leiden University and UCL and provides unique opportunities for collaborative research projects.


Interdisciplinary approach benefits brain research

How do practice and theory reinforce one another in neuroscience? Professor Birte Forstmann’s inaugural lecture on 2 October will be about building interdisciplinary bridges between cognitive neuroscience and cognitive models. Her approach may lead to brain research with fewer side-effects for patients.


2 Veni grants awarded to Leiden Psychology researchers

Two Leiden researchers of the Institute of Psychology have been given the opportunity to realise their research plans for the coming three years thanks to a Veni grant from the Netherlands organisation for scientific research. Hanneke Hendriks is researcher in the field of Social and organisational psychology and Antoinette van Laarhoven in Health and medical psychology.


Flying start for Athena’s Angels website

On the new website Athena’s Angels, four female Leiden professors address the unequal treatment of women in academia. ‘Since we launched the website, our mailboxes have exploded,’ says Judi Mesman, Professor of Child and Family Studies and one of the initiators.


Outstanding Dissertation Award to psychologist Hanneke Hendriks

Interpersonal communication plays a vital role for the prediction of health behaviours and health campaign effects. That's the way Social and Organisational Psychologist Hanneke Hendriks put it in her dissertation. Hendriks has been awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the International Communication Association.


4 Vici awards for Leiden researchers

Four Leiden researchers have been awarded a Vici as part of NWO's Innovation Research Incentives scheme. They each have 1.5 million euros to set up a research group and employ PhD candidates.


Institute of Psychology Awards 2014

Bruno Bocanegra is the lecturer of the year 2014. Manon Schutter and Mara van der Meulen write the best master's theses. Rudy van den Brink receives the PhD Award. Jiska Peper: Leiden Psychology Blog Award.


Closer cooperation between scientific disciplines is the key to improving healthcare

Conventional health care still isn’t utilising mankind’s full potential to improve our health. Collaboration with other disciplines, like psychology, is not receiving the attention it should, even though psychological factors partly determine  whether or not treatments will be effective. Professor of Health Psychology Andrea Evers is therefore calling for the total implementation of Human Potential.


Research grant for combining volunteer aid with a paid job

How to combine volunteer aid with a paid job? Organisational psychologist dr. Edwin Boezeman will study the effect of combining with a grant for a two year project which is financed by the Institute GAK. Goal of the project is to develop and evaluate an E-selfhelp course.


Schadenfreude: Understanding Pleasure at the Misfortune of Others

Leiden psychologist Wilco van Dijk and communication scientist Jaap Ouwerkerk of VU University Amsterdam published a book about the emotion Schadenfreude. The authors describe what the emotion Schadenfreude really is, when people experience the emotion, and what role it plays in social relations.


Rubicon grant for Dr. Keegan Knittle

Dr. Keegan Knittle (Health- Medical and Neuropsychology) was awarded a NWO Rubicon grant for his research on factors and techniques that result in greater motivation for health behaviour change. The grant will provide for two years of research at the Department of Social Research of the University of Helsinki, Finland.


Veni for Marieke Jepma and Bart Verkuil

Psychologists Marieke Jepma and Bart Verkuil have been awarded Veni grants by NWO. They are among the 15 promising research talents from Leiden University who will receive the grant this year.


Naomi Ellemers elected to British Academy

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology Naomi Ellemers has been elected to the British Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences as Corresponding Fellow. Ellemers: 'It’s a real honour, and I’m very pleased.'


Life Time Achievement Award for Riel Vermunt

Social psychologist Riel Vermunt has been awarded the International Society for Justice Research Life Time Achievement Award. This award has been given to Vermunt in recognition of the many contributions to the advancement of justice research.


Three new Leiden members of KNAW

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected fifteen new members, including three Leiden professors: Joke Bouwstra, Ronald Cramer and Eveline Crone.