Center of Research on Psychological and Somatic disorders


CoRPS (Center of Research on Psychological and Somatic disorders) is one of the Centers of Excellence at Tilburg University (TiU) and promotes and executes interdisciplinary research on the interface of medicine and psychology in the context of social processes relevant to health and disease.

CoRPS is a collaboration between the Hospitals and other health care institutions in the North Brabant region of the Netherlands and several Departments at TiU. The Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology plays a central role in the CoRPS research agenda. Research from CoRPS contributes to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the biological and behavioural mechanisms involved in medical disorders, psychological and health behaviour-related risk factors, and interventions targeting individuals at increased risk for adverse health outcomes. The recognition of CoRPS as Center of Excellence was awarded after a thorough evaluation procedure conducted by an independent external committee. It honours a multidisciplinary research centre that is leading in their (international) field of research. Within TiU, CoRPS has developed and implemented a large scale interdisciplinary research programme in order to make significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of psychological factors in patients with medical or psychological disorders, with a focus on cardiology, oncology, diabetes, and adverse health behaviours relevant to these disorders such as poor dietary habits and obesity, low physical activity, biased approach-avoidance behaviour, and suboptimal adherence to medical regimen.

Research output

The research output of CoRPS is published in high-quality international journals and PhD theses. CoRPS organizes activities (seminars, workshops and conferences) to stimulate academic discussion and promote the development and dissemination of knowledge among scientists, practitioners and policy makers.

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