Social, Health & Organisational Psychology

About the department

The Department of Social, Health & Organisational Psychology teaches and conducts research in the fields of work, organisational and social and health psychology. This concerns the issues of how people influence each other's behaviour, directly and indirectly, consciously and unconsciously, in a wide variety of contexts. Work and organisational psychology focuses specifically on individual behaviour in employment situations, within teams or whole organisations. Socio-psychological theorizing is frequently applied.


Martinus J. Langeveld building

Martinus J. Langeveldgebouw


Heidelberglaan 1, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 30 253 4700 (front desk)

Opening hours: 


In this building: 

  • Department of Special Education: Cognitive & Motor Disabilities
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
  • Educational Consultancy & Professional Development



The research of the department focuses on three domains: motivation, performance and self-regulation. Fundamental and applied approaches are combined. Social Psychology attempts to understand, predict and influence what people think and how they feel and behave under the influence of the actual or assumed presence of others. Work and organisational psychology specifically explores the context of work and organisational issues. In health psychology it is investigated how personal characteristics as well as the environment shape individuals’ health behavior and how we can influence these factors to promote healthy behavior.

The department's research programmes were assessed as excellent in the most recent research inspection by Quality Assurance for Netherlands Universities (QANU). The department has excellent research facilities: a state-of-the-art laboratory with facilities for registering eye and body movement, virtual reality, TMS, EEG, MRI facilities and access to a mobile laboratory.


The department works together with various partners.

Areas of expertise
Coaching, mediation, conflict in relationships, forgiveness
Consumer behaviour/decision-making
Creativity and innovation
Discrimination, (gender) stereotyping, person perception
Emotions and emotion regulation
Online experiments
Self-regulation of behaviour, habitual behaviour
Smell, social communication and emotion
Social justice
Work and health

The staff website includes extensive information about the staff in the department.