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
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.
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
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 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|
|Creativity and innovation|
|Discrimination, (gender) stereotyping, person perception|
|Emotions and emotion regulation|
|Health and welfare intervention|
|Motivation and performance|
|Self-regulation of behaviour, habitual behaviour|
|Smell, social communication and emotion|
|Temptations and self-control|
|Work and careers|
|Work and health|
The staff website includes extensive information about the staff in the department.