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)

From 1 January 2021 the university premises will be smoke-free.

Please note: because of the corona virus there are adjusted opening hours.


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Opening hours
Mon 7:15-22:00
Tue 7:15-22:00
Wed 7:15-22:00
Thu 7:15-22:00
Fri 7:15-20:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

In this building

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Department of Education & Pedagogy
  • Department of Psychology
  • Educational Consultancy & Professional Development
  • Faculty Support Office
  • Housing & Technology Services


Getting there and Accessibility
  • Research

    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.

    Organisational behaviour

    The research group of Distinguished Professor Naomi Ellemers focuses on two themes in which fundamental scientific research is directly linked to applications and interventions in the field: Diversity & Inclusion, and Integrity & Ethical behavior. In addition, the members of the research group consider it important to focus on forming interdisciplinary partnerships and insights, strengthening external visibility of scientific activities and staying connected to the organisational practice. Read more on the website 'Organisational behaviour'.

Areas of expertise

Coaching, mediation, conflict in relationships, forgiveness

Richta IJntema, Esther Kluwer, Reine van der Wal

Consumer behaviour/decision-making

Madelijn Strick

Creativity and innovation

Marieke Roskes

Discrimination, (gender) stereotyping, person perception

Belle Derks, Ron Dotsch

Emotions and emotion regulation

Catharine Evers, Lot Sternheim

Health and welfare intervention

Marieke Adriaanse, Esther Papies, Maria Peeters, Denise de Ridder, Wilmar Schaufeli, Toon Taris

Motivation and performance

Henk Aarts, Veerle Brenninkmeijer, Maria Peeters, Wilmar Schaufeli, Elianne van Steenbergen, Toon Taris


Jeroen Benjamins, Marleen Gillebaart, Floor Kroese, Denise de Ridder

Online experiments

Jeroen Benjamins

Self-regulation of behaviour, habitual behaviour

Henk Aarts, Marieke Adriaanse, Tom DamenCatharine Evers, Esther Papies, Maria Peeters, Denise de Ridder

Smell, social communication and emotion

Jasper de Groot, Monique Smeets

Social justice

Kees van den Bos

Temptations and self-control

Marieke Adriaanse, Marleen Gillebaart, Floor Kroese, Denise de Ridder

Work and careers

Veerle Brenninkmeijer, Belle Derks

Work and health

Wilmar Schaufeli, Toon Taris

Work-life balance

Esther Kluwer, Maria Peeters, Elianne van Steenbergen