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dr. H.R. Trompetter

Assistant Professor 

TS Social and Behavioral Sciences
Medical and Clinical Psychology


Each day we encounter a stream of situations, events, thoughts and emotions that threaten our functioning. The way we react to these experiences - coping or emotion regulation - is crucial to remain or retain our mental well-being and quality of life in the long term.

Specifically I study if and how strategies for emotion regulation and related protective psychological factors - primariy acceptance of negative experiences, (self)compassion and positive emotions, contribute to mental health and aid a flexible and resilient reaction to pain, illness, stress and negative thoughts and emotions. I study various medical, clinical and healthy target groups, including chronic pain patients, people suffering from other forms of chronic illness or (mild) depressive complaints, and individuals experiencing stress.

Additionally, I study the effectiveness and working mechanisms of complementary psychological interventions, primilary Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. In my research I use experience sampling methods to be able to study emotions, cognitions and behaviour of individuals in the context of daily life. 


Principal publications

  • Goubert, L. & Trompetter, H. R. (2017). Toward a science and practice of resilience in the face of pain. European Journal of Pain. doi:10.1002/ejp.1062
  • Trompetter, H. R., Kleine, E., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2016). Why does positive mental health buffer against psychopathology? An exploratory study on self-compassion as a resilience mechanism and adaptive emotion regulation strategy. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 1-10.
  • Veehof, M. M., Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Schreurs, K. M. G. (2016). Acceptance-based interventions for the treatment of chronic pain: An updated meta-analytic review. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45, 5-31.
  • Trompetter, H. R., Bohlmeijer, E. T., Fox, J.-P., & Schreurs, K. M. G. (2015). Psychological flexibility and catastrophizing are associated mechanisms of change in acceptance-based intervention for chronic pain. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 74, 50-59.
  • Trompetter, H. R., Veehof, M., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Schreurs, K. M. G. (2014). Internet-based guided self-help intervention for chronic pain based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT): A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 66-80.

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Last amended: 13 November 2017