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Geert Crombez

Geert Crombez is Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Experimental-Health Psychology at Ghent University. He obtained his Phd in 1994 on the role of learning psychology in pain (supervisor: Paul Eelen). Since his appointment in 1998 at Ghent University, he initiated experimental research in experimental psychopathology, learning psychology, and health psychology, and he further facilitated the growing of research in these areas to maturity. He has published more than 250 internationally peer-reviewed papers in these areas, and some of these papers are key papers in the field with a large theoretical and clinical impact.

Currently, he is coordinating the research on the psychology of (chronic) illness, in particular the role of psychological and social variables on symptom perception, disability and suffering, and its implications for clinical practice.  His approach is grounded in contextual functionalism. He focuses upon the development of integrative models of symptom perception, disability and suffering that are built primarily around the dynamic nature of goals and self-regulation. He has provided facilities and created a network for translational research that allows investigating the clinical relevance and applicability of current theorizing.  Finally, he provides and stimulates critical reflection on theoretical concepts (e.g. somatization, acceptance"), the relevance of empirical data (e.g. statistical vs clinical significance), and the practice of science (study protocol and reporting, and research propaganda).

Interests

  • Systematic and critical reviews in clinical and health psychology
  • eHealth interventions in clinical and health psychology
  • The role of cognitive and motivational factors in the experience of symptoms, distress and disability
  • Learning psychology and ill-health
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Meet the team

Meet our enthousiastic and lively team of professors, post-doctoral researchers, phd students and research assistants
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Fleur Baert

Fleur graduated as a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Ghent University.
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Maya Braun

Maya obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Ghent University. After collecting experience in different areas of psychology during her student jobs, internships and theses, she joined the Health Psychology Lab of Ghent University as a doctoral student
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Marie De Breucker

I obtained my Master of Science in Theoretical and Experimental Psychology at Ghent University in 2021. During my six month research internship at the Ghent Experimental Psychiatry Lab, where I investigated an attentional bias to food in patients with anorexia nervosa, my interest in research was further enhanced, especially involving clinical populations.
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Annick De Paepe

Annick De Paepe is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Geert Crombez and Prof. Dr. Delfien Van Dyck at the Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University.
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Liesbet Goubert

Liesbet Goubert is Full Professor of Clinical Health Psychology in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University.
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Ama Kissi

Ama Kissi obtained her PhD in clinical psychology under the supervision of Prof. dr. Geert Crombez, Prof. dr. Jan De Houwer, and Dr. Sean Hughes.
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Laura Maenhout

Laura obtained a Master's degree in Educational Sciences, main subject Special Education, Disability Studies and Behavioural Disorders at Ghent University.
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Sarah Maes

Sarah Maes graduated as MSc in Clinical Psychology at Ghent University, obtained a degree in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Therapy in the same year and a degree in Clinical Neuropsychology.
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Eleana Pinto

Eleana obtained her master degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Padova (Italy). During her studies, she did her internship at the Neuroscience of Movement Lab (NEMO Lab, University of Padova).
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Marthe Tulpin

Marthe obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Ghent University. Her interest in the field of health psychology roots from the beginning of her studies, but deepened during working on her master’s thesis under supervision of prof. dr. Liesbet Goubert and prof. dr. Eline Van Hoecke.
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Maité Van Alboom

Maité graduated as a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Ghent University. During her studies she became increasingly interested in the field of Health Psychology.
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Justine Vanbavinckhove

Justine obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Ghent University in July 2022. During her studies and internship at a multidisciplinary pain center she became deeply interested in topics within the field of Health Psychology
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Gunther Van Bost

Gunther completed his Master in Science of Psychology at the University of Leuven. He did his internship at the University Hospital of Leuven under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Vandenbussche.
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Stefaan Van Damme

Stefaan Van Damme is Associate Professor in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University.
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Dimitri Van Ryckeghem

Dimitri Van Ryckeghem is a visiting professor in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University.
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Elke Veirman

Elke Veirman obtained her Phd in clinical psychology, entitled 'Emotional intelligence in children and adolescents: in search of a theoretical framework and improved assessment methods.'
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Tine Vervoort

Tine Vervoort is an Associate Research Professor at the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology.
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Aline Wauters

Aline obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Ghent University. During her law studies at Ghent University, Aline gradually became more interested in theories on interpersonal dynamics and psychology.

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Sara Cornelis

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