Henriët van Middendorp has been an Associate Professor of Health Psychology at the Health, Medical, and Neuropsychology Unit at Leiden University since 2014. From 2010 to 2014, she worked as a senior researcher at the Department of Medical Psychology at the Radboud university medical center. Before that time, she worked as a PhD-student (2000-2004), postdoctoral researcher (2004-2007), and Assistant Professor (2007-2010) at the Department of Health Psychology at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on psychoneurobiological factors in health and disease. She has a special interest in the psychoneurobiology of somatic complaints (e.g., pain) and conditions (e.g., chronic pain, skin, and kidney diseases), with particular emphasis on placebo and nocebo effects, stress mechanisms, and treatment. She conducts both fundamental research on the psychoneurobiology of placebo, nocebo, and stress mechanisms, and translational research on E-health screening and innovative interventions for chronic somatic conditions.
- How to prevent, minimize, or extinguish nocebo effects in pain: A narrative review on mechanisms, predictors, and interventions. (in press) (2018)
- Placebo effects of open-label verbal suggestions on itch (2018)
- Conditioning immune and endocrine parameters in humans: A systematic review (2017)
- The role of psychological factors in inflammatory rheumatic diseases: From burden to tailored treatment (2016)
- The role of outcome expectancies for a training program consisting of meditation, breathing exercises, and cold exposure on the response to endotoxin administration: A proof-of-principle study (2016)