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Veronique de Gucht

Associate Professor

Dr. V.M.J. de Gucht
+31 71 527 3863

Research interest and expertise

My current area of research is situated within the domain of (clinical) health psychology, with special emphasis on (1) psychosocial determinants and psychological consequences of chronic disease, (2) the development and evaluation of interventions for patients suffering from chronic diseases (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Coronary Heart Disease) and (3) medically unexplained physical symptoms and syndromes, including observational studies and intervention studies (e.g. chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome).


  • MSc Clinical and Developmental Psychology (1989); Advamced degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (1999).
  • PhD obtained in 2001. Title PhD thesis: "Personality and affect as predictors of medically unexplained symptoms in primary care".

Grant acquisition

Recent: PhD grant (starting March 1, 2009; duration four years) of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/47579/2008 - FCT - MCTE). The objective of the research project was to pilot-test a physical activity intervention, based upon self-regulation and motivational counselling in CFS patients in Lisbon and Porto.

Managerial positions

  • Member of the Executive Board of the Belgian National Health Council (which directly advises the Belgian government on health issues) (January 2009 - present)
  • Expert member of the Belgian National Health Council. (January 2004 - present)
  • Member of the Board of Psychology and Director of Research of the Institute of Psychology, Leiden University (Januari 2009 - May 2011)

Other international activities (selection)

  • Invited lectures/seminars in Bejing (2004), London (2005), Aix-en-Provence (2005), Metz (2010), Lisbon (2011), Newcastle (2012) and Toulouse (2012/2014).
  • Member of the European Health Psychology Society.
  • Member of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Selected Publications (10)

De Gucht, V., Garcia, F. K., den Engelsman, M., Maes, S. Differences in physical and psychosocial characteristics between CFS and fatigued non-CFS patients, a case-control study (2016). International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23, 589-594. (IF=2.19).

Knittle, K., De Gucht, V., Maes, S. (2016). Explaining physical activity maintenance after a theory-based intervention among patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Process evaluation of a randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care & Research, 68, 203-210. (IF=5.05)

De Gucht, V. (2015). Illness perceptions mediate the relationship between bowel symptom severity and health-related quality of life in IBS patients. Quality of Life Research, 24, 1845-56 (IF= 2.99)

Marques, M., De Gucht, V., Gouveia, M. J., Leal, I., & Maes, S. (2015). Differential effects of behavioral interventions with a graded physical activity component in patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue (Syndrome): an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 123-137. (IF=9.86)

Adriaenssens, J., De Gucht, V., Maes, S. (2015). Determinants and prevalence of burnout in emergency nurses: A systematic review of 25 years of research. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52, 649-661. (IF=2.85)

Janssen, V., De Gucht, V., Dusseldorp, E., & Maes, S. (2013). Lifestyle Modification Programs for Patients with Coronary Heart Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 20, 620-640. (IF=3.04)

Knittle, K., De Gucht, V., Maes, S. (2012). Lifestyle- and behavior-change interventions in musculoskeletal conditions. Best Practice & Research in Clinical Rheumatology, 26, 293-304. (IF=3.49)

De Gucht, V. & Maes, S. (2006). Explaining medically unexplained symptoms: Toward a multidimensional, theory-based approach to somatization. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 60, 349-352. (IF=3.56)

De Gucht, V., Fischler, B., & Heiser, W. (2004). Personality and affect as determinants of medically unexplained symptoms in primary care: A follow-up study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 56, 279-285. (IF=3.56)

De Gucht, V. & Fischler, B. (2002). Somatization: A critical review of conceptual and methodological issues. Psychosomatics, 43, 1-9. (IF=2.28)

Associate Professor

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

Work address

Pieter de la Court Building
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A05A



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