Dr. Paul Kocken is Associate Professor of Behavior Change of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He coordinates the courses Health Psychology & Behavior Change and Professional Skills in the master’s track Health Psychology & Digital Interventions. His main area of experience is methods of health behavior change and epidemiology, focusing primarily on behavior change research and the application of scientific research methods in practice settings.
His background is in public health. He previously worked as research scientist in health and youth care practice at the Municipal Health Service GGD Rotterdam and Dutch center for innovation and applied research TNO. His research and teaching activities are in the field of public health consequences of unhealthy behaviors and the development and assessment of effective behavior change interventions and policies. He uses scientific research methods in practice settings to accelerate behavior change and reduce health disparities.
His main research interests are:
- Systematic development of educational, nudging and systems interventions to change health behaviors.
- Epidemiology of health problems and health services research
- Application of behavioral insights for policy making and equity
His projects are with many stakeholders, such as municipalities, citizens, care organizations and universities. Currently, he closely works together with policy makers and researchers from Rotterdam Municipality in the collaborative expert center behavioral research and development Healthy’R. He is member of the Editorial board of Dutch journal health sciences TSG, Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen, that recently reached its 100 years volume.
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
- Noortje M. Pannebakker, Sijmen A. Reijneveld, Mattijs E. Numans & Paul L. Kocken (2023) - Parents' expected barriers to psychosocial care for children with complex problems - Child and Family Social Work - doi: 10.1111/cfs.13093 - [link]
- S. Sana, I. Merkelbach, T. Magnée, J. Kollmann, R. P. Peeters, P. L. Kocken & S. Denktaş (2023) - Identifying barriers to vaccination intention at walk-in vaccination facilities in deprived neighbourhoods: A cross-sectional survey - Vaccine, 41 (45), 6754-6760 - doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.08.074 - [link]
- Inge Merkelbach, Tessa Magnee, Shakib Sana, Jelena Kollmann, Paul Kocken & Semiha Denktas (2023) - Using the health belief model to explain COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy in Dutch urban citizens under thirty - PLoS ONE, 18 (1 January) - doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0279453 - [link]
- S. Sana, J. Kollmann, T. Magnée, I. Merkelbach, S. Denktaş & P. L. Kocken (2022) - The role of socio-demographic and health factors during COVID-19 in remote access to GP care in low-income neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional survey of GP patients - BMC Primary Care, 23 (1) - doi: 10.1186/s12875-022-01887-5 - [link]
- Paul L. Kocken, Nicole M.C. van Kesteren, Renate van Zoonen & Sijmen A. Reijneveld (2022) - Availability and implementation of guidelines in European child primary health care: how can we improve? - European Journal of Public Health, 32 (5), 670-676 - doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckac114 - [link]
- Inge Merkelbach, Shakib Sana, Tessa Magnée, Paul Kocken, Robin Peeters & Semiha Denktaș (2022) - Marktvaccinaties in Rotterdam: Een voorbeeld van een campagne gestoeld op het equity-principe - Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen, 100 (3), 112-116 - doi: 10.1007/s12508-022-00355-w
- André Mamede Soares Braga, Özcan Erdem, Gera Noordzij, Inge Merkelbach, Paul Kocken & Semiha Denktas (2022) - Exploring the intersectionality of family SES and gender with psychosocial, behavioural and environmental correlates of physical activity in Dutch adolescents: a cross-sectional study - BMC Public Health, 22 (1) - doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13910-6 - [link]
- Marion C. Van De Sande, Minne Fekkes, René F. Diekstra, Carolien Gravesteijn, Ria Reis & Paul L. Kocken (2022) - Effects of an SEL program in a diverse population of low achieving secondary education students - Frontiers in Education, 6 - doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.744388 - [link]
- Jelena Kollmann, Paul L. Kocken, Elena V. Syurina & Femke Hilverda (2022) - The role of risk perception and affective response in the COVID-19 preventive behaviours of young adults: A mixed methods study of university students in the Netherlands - BMJ Open, 12 (1) - doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056288 - [link]
- Sarah Boer, Jelena Kollmann, Shakib Sana, Tessa Magnee, Inge Merkelbach & Paul Kocken (2021) - Zorg op afstand in de huisartsenpraktijk in achterstandswijken tijdens COVID-19 - [link]