Emelien Lauwerier is an assistant professor in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. She is also an affiliated independent academic staff member of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Ghent University and primarily working within the research units ‘Equity in (primary) health care’ and ‘Family Medicine and Primary Care’. She obtained her PhD within the field of Health Psychology investigating coping with chronic pain in clinical populations. Currently, her research focuses on health promotion and health behavior change in vulnerable populations, such as those suffering from chronic illness and people in socially vulnerable situations. She also studies how to improve health communication (motivational interviewing) and behavior change within communities and health care practice, and uses a theory-based, process approach in setting up, implementing and evaluating interventions, often rooted in scientific realist thinking.
- Health promotion
- Motivation and Behavior change
- Chronic illness
- Adjustment & Resilience
- Inequity in health (care)
- Community oriented health care
- Interdisciplinary collaboration and identity