Health Psychology & Digital Interventions

Professors

Semiha Denktas

Semiha Denktas is professor in psychology. She studies determinants of human behaviour, designs and evaluates interventions to change behaviour. Her vision is that scientific knowledge on human experiences and behaviours can contribute to achieving and maintaining positive and healthy behaviour of individuals and groups from birth to old age. With her interdisciplinairy approach and with a special focus on underrepresented groups, she aims to have a positive and lasting impact on education, science and society. In mutually beneficial partnerships with students, colleagues, societal stakeholders and citizens, she aims to practice meaningful and innovative research which she translates into her teaching materials and lectures. 

Marilisa Boffo

Marilisa Boffo is assistant professor in clinical psychology and eHealth at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies. Trained as a clinical psychologist and research methodologist, she combines the two worlds into the design and empirical investigation of digital interventions for behavior change. Marilisa’s primary research interest focus on how to combine behavioral science, design and technology in order to develop innovative and effective interventions, primarily in the field of addiction and anxiety, and more recently to also support wellbeing and personal growth. As a result of her background in research methods, Marilisa is also specialised in the design and management of (pragmatic) RCTs, with a special attention on their methodological and ethical aspects. As a teacher, Marilisa is the coordinator of the master track in “Health Psychology and Digital Interventions”, in collaboration with Prof. Semiha Denktas, where she also coordinates and teach the courses in Design of Digital Interventions and Research Methods in Behavior Change.

Paul Kocken

Dr. Paul Kocken is assistant professor in behavior change at Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is a Public Health expert, specialized in Health promotion, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management. He has a longstanding professional career as researcher and intervention developer in health and youth care practice. Paul is passionate in sharing his knowledge and skills to bring about break throughs in improved citizen’s health and wellbeing. He brings together education, practice, policy making and research to accelerate behavior change and reduce health disparities. Paul coordinates and teaches the MSc courses Health Psychology & Behavior Change and Professional skills.

André Mamede Soares Braga

André Mamede is a PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies. His research focuses on the mechanisms underlying behavioural change and developing interventions that can promote healthy behaviour, such as physical activity and healthy eating. He examines these questions through behavioural tasks and encephalogram (EEG) recordings in the laboratory, and applies these insights in society by testing the effects of promising interventions in field studies. As a teacher André is involved in the first two courses of the master track in “Health Psychology and Digital Interventions” and in several courses at the Erasmus University College (EUC). 

Camila Villegas Mejia

Camila Villegas is a professional designer and PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies. Her research interests focus on the role of design in eHealth. Her current research is centred in testing novel design approaches to improve engagement with digital behaviour change interventions. Camila is one of the main teachers of the course in Design of Digital Interventions in the master track in “Health Psychology and Digital Interventions”, bringing an interdisciplinary perspective to the course contents and sharing her design expertise. Outside of work, she enjoys cats, pancakes, drawing and running. 

Tajda Laure

Tajda Laure is a behavioral scientist and PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology, Education, and Child Studies (DPECS). In her PhD project, she is developing and evaluating digital interventions aimed to support students' well-being and academic performance. She is interested in digitalization of mental health interventions, emotional and behavioral regulation, biological stress factors, and ethics in eHealth. Tajda is also one of the main teachers in the courses in Design of Digital Interventions and Research Methods in Behavior Change in the master track in “Health Psychology & Digital interventions”.