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About Synergy

The annual Synergy Expert Meeting is organised to provide an opportunity for synergistic discussion between health psychologists conducting research in core fields of their discipline. The focus is on advancing the standard of work within the field by pooling expertise, sharing critical evaluation, and stimulating networking and collaborative research between researchers from all over Europe in an informal and supportive atmosphere. The aim is to develop improved theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as practical applications relevant to the topic of each Synergy Expert Meeting. It is an opportunity for researchers to present their research for in-depth discussion with other experts in the same field in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. By focusing on a core topic on which all participants have some expertise and have conducted research (published and unpublished), we expect to reach a shared understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in the area. We hope that this will influence future research and its application. Synergy was founded in 2002, and in 2022, we celebrate our 20-year anniversary. The Synergy Board was formed in 2009 (before then, Synergy was organised by two local organisers every year).

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Synergy Grant

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Synergy Meetings

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Synergy Bylaws


Current Synergy Board


Anne Van Dongen

Netherlands, active since 2020

Liaision Officer and Grant Master

Daniella Watson

UK, active since 2024


Sinéad Moylett

Belgium, active since 2018

Evaluation and Dissemination Officer

Marie Kotzur

UK, active since 2021


James Green

Ireland, active since 2021

Engagement Officer

Hannah Durand

UK, active since 2021

Local Organiser

Cristina Godinho

Portugal, active since 2024

Committee Coordinator

Lauren Gatting

UK, active since 2023

Past Board Members

The following people, who have been active for Synergy in the past, constitute the current Synergy Advisory Committee:

Local Organiser

Veronika Korim

Slovakia, 2021-2022

Liaison Officer and Grant Master

Sinéad Moylett

Belgium, 2018-2022


Alicia Hughes

UK, 2017-2022

Evaluation and Dissemination Officer

Sebastian Potthoff

UK, 2017-2021


Jan Keller

Germany, 2016-2021


Dominika Kwasnicka

Australia, 2018-2020

Membership officer

Sanne, van Lieshout

UK, 2017-2019

Local Organizer

Elaine Toomey

Ireland, 2017-2018

Chair, Treasurer

Lisa Warner

Germany, 2011-2018

Local Organiser

Sabrina Cipoletta

Italy, 2016-2017

Local Organizer

Micheal de Barra

UK, 2015-2017


Jorinde Spook

Netherlands, 2016-2017

Chair and SIG Officer, Liaison Officer and Grant Master

Anne Marie Plass

Netherlands, 2009-2016

Application & Communication Officer

Katerina Kassavou

UK, 2014-2016


Anne van Dongen

Netherlands, 2014-2016

Web Master

Gjalt-Jorn Peters

Netherlands, 2009-2016


Felix Naughton

UK, 2009-2014


Panayiota Andreou

Cyprus, 2009-2014

Membership Officer

Maria Karekla

Cyprus, 2009-2014


Benjamin Schuez

Australia, 2009-2011


Karen Morgan

Malaysia, 2009-2010