Gerben Westerhof

Full Professor, Department of Psychology, Health and Technology,
University of Twente, the Netherlands


International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review
Gerontological Society of America
Dutch Gerontological Society
Editorial board ‘Narrative Works’
Editorial board Journal of Aging Studies


1994 Ph.D. Social Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
1987 Master Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands


2015 Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America
2014 Online favorite, Dutch Care Innovation Award for ‘Online life story books for persons with dementia’
2009 Senior member National Research School Psychology and Health
2009 Theoretical developments in social gerontology Award. Gerontological Society of America
2008 Reinier van Arkel Award for best paper relating science and practice in mental health care




2017 Full professor, Narrative Psychology
2013 Adjunct Professor, Narrative Psychology
2012 Director of the Story Lab
2008 Associate Professor, Mental Health Promotion
2006 Associate Professor, Psychogerontology
1995 Assistant Professor, Psychogerontology
1995 Researcher German Aging Survey


Narrative psychology
Well-being and mental health
Life review and reminiscence


G Westerhof Complete List of Publications and Projects

Westerhof, G. J. (2017). The dual continua model of mental health and illness: Theory, findings, and applications in psychogerontology. In L. Riby (Ed.), Handbook of gerontology research methods: Understanding successful aging (pp. 79-94). Hove: Routledge.

Kleijn, G., Post, L., Witte, B.I., Bohlmeijer, E.T., Westerhof, G.J. Cuijpers, P., & Verdonck-de Leeuw, I. M. (2016). Psychometric characteristics of a patient reported outcome measure on ego-integrity and despair among cancer patients. Plos ONE, 11(5): e0156003.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156003

Westerhof, G. J., Beernink-Wassink, J., & Sools, A. M. (2016). Who am I?: A life story intervention for persons with intellectual disability and psychiatric problems. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 54, 173-186. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-54.3.173

Korte, J., Majo, C., Bohlmeijer, E. T., Westerhof, G. J., & Smit, F. (2015). Cost-effectiveness of life-review for older adults with moderate depressive symptomatology: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial. Journal of Aging Studies, 34, 146 – 154. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging.2015.02.008

Lamers, S. M. A., Bohlmeijer, E. T., Korte, J., & Westerhof, G. J. (2015). The efficacy of life-review as online-guided self-help for adults: A randomized trial. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 70, 24-24. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu030. Editor’s choice.

Sools, A. M., Murray, M., & Westerhof, G. J. (2015). Narrative health psychology: Once more unto the breach. Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 239-245. doi:10.1177/1359105314566616:

Vowinckel, J., C., Westerhof, G. J., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Webster, J. D. (2015, online first). Flourishing in the now: Initial validation of a present-eudaimonic time perspective scale. Time and Society. doi: 10.1177/0961463X15577277

Westerhof, G. J. (2015). Life review and life story work. In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.), The encyclopedia of adulthood and aging (Vol. 2, pp. 776-776). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Westerhof, G. J., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & McAdams, D. P. (2015, online first). The relation of ego-integrity and despair to personality traits and mental health. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi: doi:10.1093/geronb/gbv062

Bohlmeijer, E. T., Lamers, S. M. A., &Westerhof, G. J. (2014). The development and initial validation of the narrative foreclosure scale. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 879-888. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2014.896865

Korte, J., Drossaert, C. H. C., Westerhof, G. J., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2014). Life-review in groups? An explorative analysis of social processes that facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of life-review. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 376-384. doi:10.1080/13607863.2013.837140.

Lamers, S., Truong, K.P., Steunenberg, B., de Jong, F., and Westerhof, G.J. (2014). Applying prosodic speech features in mental health care: An exploratory study in life-review intervention for depression. Proceedings of the ACL workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Linguistic Signal to Clinical Reality, pp. 61-68. Retrieved from

Truong, K., Westerhof, G. J., Lamers, S. M. A., & Jong, F. de. (2014). Towards modeling expressed emotions in oral history interviews: using verbal and non-verbal signals to track personal narratives. LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 29, 621-636. Doi: 10.1093/llc/fqu041

Webster, J. D., Bohlmeijer, E. T., & Westerhof, G. J. (2014). Time to flourish: The relationship of temporal perspective to well-being and wisdom across adulthood. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 1046-1056. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2014.908458

Westerhof, G. J., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2014). Celebrating fifty years of research and applications in reminiscence and life review: State of the art and new directions. Journal of Aging Studies, 29, 107-114. doi: 10.1016/j.aging.2014.02.003



2017 ‘Emotion recognition in dementia: Advancing technology for multimodal analysis of emotion expression in everyday life’, Netherlands eScience Center, NWO (€500.000, applicant, national competition)

2016 ‘Advancing therapy change process research: mining for health promoting processes in effective e-mental health interventions’, Netherlands eScience Center, NWO (€500.000, co-applicant, national competition)

2016 ‘Online life story album: A study on its effect on persons with early dementia and their caregivers’, Memorabel, ZonMW (€200.000, applicant, national competition)

2016 ‘Who am I?: Towards an evidence based narrative intervention for people with intellectual disability and psychiatric complaints’, GGNet (€40.000, applicant)

2015 ‘Developing a professional identity through autobiographical reflection with the use of persuasive technology’, Saxion (€200.000,-, applicant, university competition)

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