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The Netherlands

Gill ten Hoor

Maastricht University

In the Netherlands, the Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH) represents Health Psychology at the national level. Health Psychology in the Netherlands is wide spread all over the country, and (research) master programs are available at various Dutch universities.

In the Netherlands, the title of psychologist or health psychologist is not officially protected, and thus can be used by anyone who likes to. The title of MA in (health) psychology can only be used by those who officially graduated as such. People who want to work in healthcare as a (clinical/ healthcare) psychologist need additional training in order to obtain the obligatory registration in the Dutch registry of psychologists as a ‘NIP register-psychologist’, which is protected.

The Dutch Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH)

Twitter: @ARPHhealthpsych
LinkedIn: association-researchers-psychology-health

The Dutch Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH), was founded in April 2011 and aims to stimulate and coordinate the academic study and application of psychological approaches to health and illness.

The Association’s mission is to stimulate and coordinate the academic study of psychological approaches to health and illness by providing a platform for researchers to exchange knowledge and research initiatives on the study of health promotion, prevention of illness, and rehabilitation, to direct the development of new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of psychology and health, and to initiate regular meetings between institutes and persons involved in the scientific study of psychology and health.

An annual ARPH conference is being held for ARPH members and other researchers in the field of psychology and health. The official language used at this meeting is English. Every two months, a newsletter is spread among the members.

Dutch Social Psychology Association (ASPO):

National Behavioral Medicine Federation (NBMF):

Clinical Health Psychology (NIP):

The ARPH co-finances symposia that are being organized by ARPH members - see

NIAS Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Deadline: There are various fellowships yearly, each with their own deadline.

Dutch-German collaboration: Von Humboldt Stiftung (VHS) humboldt-stiftung-vhs/cooperation-germany---von-humboldt-stiftung-vhs.html
The aim is to stimulate the international collaboration of excellent researchers (professors and leading in their field) by yearly granting two prices to two excellent Dutch researchers, and to two excellent German researchers. Dutch excellent researchers can nominate German excellent researchers, German excellent researcher can nominate Dutch excellent researchers.
Deadline: continuous application process

There are several other foundations (Cancer, AIDS, Heart etc) who offer fundings sometimes relevant for HP researchers.

Several Universities offer excellent programs related to Health Psychology, e.g. the MSc in Health Education and Promotion in Maastricht ( To find these programs at the different universities in the Netherlands, see:

• Erasmus University Rotterdam -

• Maastricht University -

• Open University –

• Radboud University Nijmegen –

• State University Groningen -

• Tilburg University -

• University of Amsterdam -

• University of Leiden -

• University of Twente -

• Utrecht University -

• Free Universiteit Amsterdam -