dr. Nadine van Westrhenen



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My research interests are in the field of psychology and traumatic stress, global mental health, community-based health interventions, community service learning and innovation in education.

Previous work experience includes working with abused children and children with cerebral palsy in South Africa; developing, implementing and evaluating community-based therapy programmes and providing training to health care professionals. I also consult in the development and evaluation of academic skills training and psychosocial support programmes for university students, as well as educational innovation programmes such as flipped classroom and community service learning in higher education.


The courses that I coordinate and teach are: Future Challenges in Global Health, Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg, Community-based Health Interventions. I am the minor coordinator for the minor Global Health and biomedical and health interventions. Also, I enjoy supervising students during their Master research internships in the Masters Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences (MPA) and MSc Health Sciences and Public Health.

Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Universiteit Utrecht


Clinical Psychology, Master, Universiteit Utrecht


Psychology, Bachelor, Universiteit Utrecht



  • BF Psychology
  • Traumatic stress
  • Child abuse
  • Psychological interventions
  • Creative arts therapy
  • Global mental health
  • L Education (General)
  • Flipped classroom
  • Innovation strategies
  • student support
  • community service learning
  • academic skills training
  • psychosocial student support

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Research Output

Compliance with laboratory monitoring guidelines in outpatient HIV care: a qualitative study in the Netherlands

Toxopeus, D. C. M., Pell, C. L., Blignaut-van Westrhenen, N., Smit, C., Wit, F. W. N. M., Ondoa, P., Reiss, P. & Boender, T. S., 2 Jan 2019, In : AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. 31, 7, p. 1-8 8 p.

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  • Creative arts therapy for traumatized children in South Africa: an evaluation study

    Blignaut-van Westrhenen, N., Fritz, E., Vermeer, A., Boelen, P. A. & Kleber, R., 13 Feb 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 2, p. 1-15 15 p., e0210857.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

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  • Creative arts in psychotherapy treatment protocol for children after trauma

    Blignaut-van Westrhenen, N., Fritz, E., Oosthuizen, H., Lemont, S., Vermeer, A. & Kleber, R. J., 1 Jul 2017, In : The Arts in Psychotherapy. 54, p. 128-135 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Reflections of social workers on working with abused children in South Africa.

    Blignaut-van Westrhenen, N., Fritz, E., Vermeer, A. & Kleber, R., 2017, In : Child Abuse Research in South Africa . 18

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle