Winifred (Winnie) A. Gebhardt studied at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where she obtained her first degree in Clinical - and Health Psychology (Major), and Social - and Organizational Psychology (minor) in 1989. She did a post-Master research internship at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA in 1989. Upon return to the Netherlands, she worked in different health settings before starting her PhD in 1992 at Leiden University. In 1997, she obtained her PhD cum laude on a thesis entitled “ Health behaviour goal model: Towards a theoretical framework for health behaviour change." From 1997 she was employed as Assistant Professor, and as of 2006 as Associate Professor of Health Psychology at Leiden University.
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Winnie Gebhardt's main research interest lies in the development of theory to explain, predict and influence health behavior. Specifically, she studies the dynamic interaction of health and other personal goals, including the role of intergoal facilitation and - conflict. Moreover, she explores intervention techniques to strengthen the link between a health goal and other personal goals, e.g. by connecting the health goal to future "possible" selves, or by boosting “transitional identities”, and/or by applying techniques to reduce goal conflict and ambivalence. In addition, she works on the evaluation of the effects of (governmental) interventions to encourage healthier lifestyles, and on the improvement of the process of intervention implementation.
- ZonMW: Preconditions for effective implementation of tailored-based interventions to enhance an active life-style among high risk populations (380.000 euro).
- MIRO/Pfizer: The effects of the public smoking ban on current smokers' smoking behavior and (self)conceptions, and implications for governmental communication (100.000 euro).
- Associate editor of Psychology and Health (2013 - present)
- Member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2012 - present)
- Senior Researcher at the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition
- Member of the Steering group (Stuurgroep) of the Academic Workplace Public Health Nothern South-Holland (2006 - present)
- Member of the Board of Overseers of the Advanced Multi-Disciplinary Facility for Measurement and Experimentation in the Social Sciences (MESS) (2010 - present)
- Member of the Leiden University Internationaal StudieFonds Committee (2013 - present)
- Chair of the Master Programs Committee Psychology (2014 - present)
- Member of the Faculty Board, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Leiden University (2008- present)
- ZonMW committee Prevention/Healthy lifestyle and environment (2005-2014)
- Member of the Executive Committee of the European Health Psychology Society (2006-2008)
- Co-chair of the EHPS task force on An European Template for Masters Programs in Health Psychology (2012-2013)
- Member of the EHPS Conference International Scientifc & Programme Committee for the following conferences: Crete (2011), Bath (2008), Maastricht (2007), & Galway (2005). Track coordinator in several of the other years.
- Eline Meijer (2014-2016). Self- and group identity in the process of quitting smoking: harnessing the transitional identity.
- Janice Sandjojo. Promoting selfmanagement in people with intellectual disabilities.
- Emma Massey (2005 – 2009). Explaining well-being and headache in adolescence: A self-regulation perspective.
- Karin Menninga (2008 – 2013). Continued abstinence and relapse among ex-smokers.
- Josanne Huijg (2009 – 2013). Towards the effective introduction of physical activity interventions in primary health care.
- Lid van de Board of Overseers