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Sylvia van Beugen

Assistant professor

Dr. S. van Beugen
+31 71 527 4047

Short Resume

Sylvia van Beugen obtained both a Master in Psychology and Mental Health and a Research Master in Medical Psychology, at Tilburg University. From 2010-2014, she has worked as a PhD candidate at the department of Medical Psychology of the Radboud university medical center, where she laid the groundwork for her PhD thesis entitled  “Psychodermatology 2.0: Towards improved assessment and effective internet-based interventions”. From 2014 onwards, she has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the unit Health, Medical and Neuropsychology of Leiden University. In 2018, she obtained a position as associate professor at the unit Health, Medical and Neuropsychology.

CV Sylvia van Beugen


Sylvia van Beugen’s research focuses on two main domains: 1) fundamental research on influencing factors in physical and psychological functioning in chronic health conditions, with a specific focus on stigmatization, nocebo effects, and implicit processes; and 2) translational research on the development and (cost)effectiveness of internet-based and serious gaming interventions for patients with chronic health conditions and a psychological risk profile.


  • Teacher Health and Medical Psychology
  • Teacher Innovations in eHealth Care
  • Teacher Perspective on Career Planning
  • Coordinator and teacher Urban Studies elective 'Population Health Management and Behaviour Change'
  • (Research) Master thesis supervisior
  • Bachelor thesis supervisor


European ResearchCouncil (ERC) Proof of Concept grant (2015): “Empowering expectations for health and disease: Development of a pioneering training tool”


Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (ARPH) PhD Award - Best dissertation of 2017 within the ARPH, for dissertation: “Psychodermatology 2.0. towards improved assessment and effective internet-based interventions.”

Herman Musaph Award - Best publication in the field of psychodermatology in 2014-2015, for publication: “Body Attention, Ignorance and Awareness Scale (BAIAS): Assessing relevant concepts for physical and psychological functioning in psoriasis.” (see publications).

Essay Prize at the 15th Congress of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP) in Roskilde, Denmark, for study entitled “Implicit tendencies regarding stigmatization in psoriasis patients”.

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A05



  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychodermatologie (NVPD) Lid landelijk bestuur NVPD
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