CoRPS (Center of Research on Psychological disorders and Somatic diseases) 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.
Our research focuses primarily on studying personality traits (e.g. Type D, anxiety, intolerance of uncertainty, positivism, mindfulness) and aspects of lifestyle (e.g. stress, exercise, nutrition) associated with psychological, somatic or psychosomatic conditions such as anxiety, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, fatigue and perinatal health problems. We seek to identify the psychological or biological mechanisms (e.g. emotion regulation, autonomy, gender identity, biomarkers) through which these associations occur.
We also explore ways of influencing these mechanisms to prevent the associated conditions or reduce their frequency and/or intensity (treatment). By offering a unique combination of medical and clinical psychology in a single department, we are able to achieve our objective of improving quality of life for people with psychological and/or somatic complaints and by doing so to be of great value to society.
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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