dr. Marijn Stok
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After obtaining a research master (Health Psychology Research, 2008) from Utrecht University, Marijn started a PhD project at the department of Clinical and Health Psychology of that same university in 2009. Her PhD research focused on the influence of social norms on young people’s eating behavior, and her dissertation on this topic received the 2015 Herman Schaalma award from the European Health Psychology Society. During her years as a PhD candidate, Marijn also helped manage the EU-funded TEMPEST project (see link below).

Upon receiving her PhD in 2014, Marijn moved to the University of Konstanz to participate in the interdisciplinary, international research project and knowledge hub DEDIPAC (see link below). She was responsible for the management and coordination of 80 partners within one work package of this large project that focused on the determinants of dietary behavior. One main output of the work package is an interactive, dynamic framework of the determinants of diet framework (see link below). Simultaneously, Marijn continued her experimental research on social influence, reactance, and health behavior, also supervising a PhD project on this topic

In November 2016, Marijn became assistant professor at the department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Utrecht University. Her research will focus on health behavior and public health promotion. Specifically, she will investigate how persuasive communication can be employed more effectively, with a focus on social influence processes and reactance. In her work, Marijn uses insights from social psychology, health psychology, consumer science and communication science. In addition to her research, Marijn contributes to teaching and coordination of courses on both the bachelor and master levels. She also supervises academic internships and theses.

Scientific expertise
health behavior change, health communication, social influence, nudging, self-regulation
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Curriculum vitae

Work experience

  • Since Nov/16: Assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Utrecht University
  • Since Feb/14: Senior scientist, Health Psychology, University of Konstanz (Germany)
  • Nov/13 - Nov/16: Postdoctoral researcher, Social, Health, and Organizational Psychology, Utrecht Unversity
  • Jan/09 - Nov/13: PhD candidate, Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University



  • January 2014: PhD in Health Psychology, Utrecht University ("Eating by the norm: The influence of social norms on young people's eating behavior")
  • June 2008: Master in Health Psychology (MSc), Utrecht University
  • June 2006: Bachelor of Arts (BA), University College Utrecht
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Publications in press

Holdsworth, M.; Nicolaou, M.; Langøien, L.J., Osei-Kwasi, H., Chastin, S., Stok, F.M., (…) Stronks, K. (in press). Developing a systems-based framework of the factors influencing dietary and physical activity behaviours in ethnic minority populations living in Europe - A DEDIPAC study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.


Marchiori, D.R. & Stok, F.M. (in press). The nudging approach to health and wellbeing. In D.T.D. de Ridder, M.A. Adriaanse, & K. Fujita (Eds.), Handbook of self-control in health and wellbeing.



All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Gebremariam, Mekdes K, Vaqué-Crusellas, Cristina, Andersen, Lene F, Stok, F Marijn, Stelmach-Mardas, Marta, Brug, Johannes & Lien, Nanna (14.02.2017). Measurement of availability and accessibility of food among youth - a systematic review of methodological studies. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14 (1) (19 p.).
Symmank, Claudia, Mai, Robert, Hoffmann, Stefan, Stok, F Marijn, Renner, Britta, Lien, Nanna & Rohm, Harald (2017). Predictors of food decision making - A systematic interdisciplinary mapping (SIM) review. Appetite, 110 (March), (pp. 25-35) (11 p.). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Gebremariam, Mekdes K, Chinapaw, Mai J, Bringolf-Isler, Bettina, Bere, Elling, Kovacs, Eva, Verloigne, Maïté, Stok, F Marijn, Manios, Yannis, Brug, Johannes & Lien, Nanna (2017). Screen-based sedentary time: Association with soft drink consumption and the moderating effect of parental education in European children - The ENERGY study. PLoS One, 12 (2).
Stok, F. Marijn, Hoffmann, Stefan, Volkert, Dorothee, Boeing, Heiner, Ensenauer, Regina, Stelmach-Mardas, Marta, Kiesswetter, Eva, Weber, Alisa, Rohm, Harald, Lien, Nanna, Brug, Johannes, Holdsworth, Michelle & Renner, Britta (02.02.2017). The DONE framework: Creation, evaluation, and updating of an interdisciplinary, dynamic framework 2.0 of determinants of nutrition and eating. Accepted for publication. PLoS One, 12 (2) (23 p.).
Giese, Helge, Stok, F Marijn & Renner, Britta (2017). The Role of Friendship Reciprocity in University Freshmen's Alcohol Consumption. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 9 (2), (pp. 228-241). © 2017 The International Association of Applied Psychology..
König, Laura M., Giese, Helge, Stok, F. Marijn & Renner, Britta (01.07.2017). The social image of food - Associations between popularity and eating behavior. Appetite, 114, (pp. 248-258) (11 p.).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Renner, Britta, Sproesser, Gudrun, Stok, F. Marijn & Schupp, Harald (01.06.2016). Eating in the dark - A dissociation between perceived and actual food consumption. Food Quality and Preference, 50, (pp. 145-151) (7 p.).
Stok, F Marijn, de Ridder, Denise T D, de Vet, Emely, Nureeva, Liliya, Luszczynska, Aleksandra, Wardle, Jane, Gaspar, Tania & de Wit, John B F (05.01.2016). Hungry for an intervention? Adolescents' ratings of acceptability of eating-related intervention strategies. BMC Public Health, 16 (5).
Stok, F Marijn, de Vet, Emely, de Ridder, Denise T D & de Wit, John B F (2016). The potential of peer social norms to shape food intake in adolescents and young adults - a systematic review of effects and moderators. Health Psychology Review, 10 (3), (pp. 326-40) (15 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Stok, F. Marijn, de Vet, Emely, de Wit, John B F, Renner, Britta & de Ridder, Denise T D (2015). Communicating eating-related rules - Suggestions are more effective than restrictions. Appetite, 86, (pp. 45-53) (9 p.).
de Wit, John, de Ridder, Denise & Stok, Marijn (2015). Food culture in the home environment - Family meal practices and values can support healthy eating and self-regulation in young people in four European countries. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 7 (1), (pp. 22-40).
Stok, F. Marijn, De Vet, Emely, Wardle, Jane, Chu, Maria T., De Wit, John & De Ridder, Denise T D (01.04.2015). Navigating the obesogenic environment - How psychological sensitivity to the food environment and self-regulatory competence are associated with adolescent unhealthy snacking.. Eating Behaviors, 17, (pp. 19-22) (4 p.).
de Vet, E.W.M.L., Stok, F Marijn, De Wit, John B F & De Ridder, Denise T D (2015). The habitual nature of unhealthy snacking - How powerful are habits in adolescence?. Appetite, 95, (pp. 182-7) (6 p.). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Verkooijen, Kirsten T., Stok, F. Marijn & Mollen, Saar (01.06.2015). The power of regression to the mean - A social norm study revisited. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45 (4), (pp. 417-425) (9 p.).
Stok, F. Marijn, de Vet, E.W.M.L., de Wit, J.B.F., Luszczynska, Aleksandra, Safron, Magdalena & de Ridder, Denise TD (2015). The proof is in the eating - subjective peer norms are associated with adolescents' eating behaviour. Public Health Nutrition, 18 (06), (pp. 1044-1051) (8 p.).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
de Vet, E.W.M.L., De Ridder, D.T.D., Stok, F.M., Brunso, K., Baban, A. & Gaspar, T. (02.09.2014). Assessing self-regulation strategies - Development and validation of the tempest self-regulation questionnaire for eating (TESQ-E) in adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11 (15 p.).
Stok, F.M., De Ridder, D.T.D., de Vet, E.W.M.L. & de Wit, J.B.F. (19.02.2014). Don't tell me what I should do, but what others do: The influence of descriptive and injunctive peer norms on fruit consumption in adolescents. British Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (1), (pp. 52-64) (13 p.).
Stok, F.M., Verkooijen, K., de Ridder, D.T.D., de Vet, E. & de Wit, J.B.F. (20.05.2014). How norms work: Self-identification, attitude and self-efficacy mediate the relation between descriptive social norms and vegetable intake. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 6 (2), (pp. 230-250) (20 p.).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
de Vet, E., de Wit, J.B.F., Luszczynska, A., Stok, F.M., Gaspar, T., Pratt, M., Wardle, J. & de Ridder, D.T.D. (2013). Access to excess - how do adolescents deal with unhealthy foods in their environment?. European Journal of Public Health, 23 (5), (pp. 752-756) (5 p.).
De Ridder, D.T.D., De Vet, E., Stok, F.M., Adriaanse, M.A. & De Wit, J.B.F. (2013). Appropiateness standards can help to curb the epidemic of overweight: response to Dewitte and to Herman and Polivy. Health Psychology Review, 7, (pp. 173-176) (4 p.).
Luszczynska, Aleksandra, de Wit, John B F, de Vet, Emely, Januszewicz, Anna, Liszewska, Natalia, Johnson, Fiona, Pratt, Michelle, Gaspar, Tania, de Matos, Margarida Gaspar & Stok, F Marijn (2013). At-home environment, out-of-home environment, snacks and sweetened beverages intake in preadolescence, early and mid-adolescence - The interplay between environment and self-regulation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42 (12), (pp. 1873-83) (11 p.).
Evers, C., Stok, F.M., Danner, U.N., De Ridder, D.T.D. & Adriaanse, M.A. (2013). Erratum to 'The shaping role of hunger on self-reported external eating status'. Appetite, 63, (pp. 142-145) (4 p.).
De Ridder, D.T.D., De Vet, E., Stok, F.M., Adriaanse, M.A. & De Wit, J.B.F. (2013). Obesity, overconsumption and self-regulation failure - The unsung role of eating appropiateness standards. Health Psychology Review, 7, (pp. 146-165) (20 p.).
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Stok, F.M., De Vet, E., De Ridder, D.T.D. & De Wit, J.B.F. (2012). "I should remember I don't want to become fat": Adolescents' views on self-regulatory strategies for healthy eating. Journal of Adolescence, 35 (1), (pp. 67-75) (9 p.).
Danner, Unna N, Evers, Catharine, Stok, F Marijn, van Elburg, Annemarie A & de Ridder, Denise T D (2012). A double burden - emotional eating and lack of cognitive reappraisal in eating disordered women. European Eating Disorders Review, 20 (6), (pp. 490-495) (6 p.). Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association..
Stok, F.M., De Ridder, D.T.D., De Vet, E. & De Wit, J.B.F. (2012). Minority talks - The influence of descriptive social norms on fruit intake. Psychology and Health, 27, (pp. 956-970) (15 p.).
de Ridder, Denise T D, Lensvelt-Mulders, Gerty, Finkenauer, Catrin, Stok, F Marijn & Baumeister, Roy F (2012). Taking stock of self-control - A meta-analysis of how trait self-control relates to a wide range of behaviors. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16 (1), (pp. 76-99) (24 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
De Ridder, D.T.D., Ouwehand, C., Stok, F.M. & Aarts, F.J. (2011). Hot or not: Visceral influences on coping planning for weight loss attempts. Psychology and Health, 26, (pp. 501-516) (16 p.).
Evers, C., Stok, F.M., Danner, U.N., Salmon, S.J., De Ridder, D.T.D. & Adriaanse, M.A. (2011). The shaping role of hunger on self-reported external eating status. Appetite, 57, (pp. 318-320) (3 p.).
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Evers, C., Stok, F.M. & De Ridder, D.T.D. (2010). Feeding your feelings: Emotion regulation strategies and emotional eating. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, (pp. 792-804) (13 p.).
Stok, F.M., De Ridder, D.T.D., Adriaanse, M.A. & De Wit, J.B.F. (2010). Looking Cool or Attaining Self-Rule: Different Motives for Autonomy and Their Effects on Unhealthy Snack Purchase. Appetite, 54, (pp. 607-610) (4 p.).
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In addition to her work as assistant professor at Utrecht University, Marijn Stok is affiliated with the department of Psychology of the University of Konstanz (Germany).

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