Robbert Sanderman was trained as a clinical psychologist and has a registration as qualified clinician. He got his PhD in 1988. In 1999 he became professor in Health Psychology in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Psychology. He is scientific director of the Graduate School for Health Research (SHARE), a research school and research institute of the University Medical Center Groningen. His research is focused on psychological and social adaptive processes in patients with a chronic somatic disease (e.g. cancer, diabetes, heartfailure and COPD). Apart form studying development over time of quality of life and psychological mechanisms in adjustment, he is involved in studies testing the efficacy of psychosocial interventions aimed at restoring quality of life among such groups of patients.
He has supervised over 40 PhD students (See Research) and (co)authored over 200 papers and bookchapters and 5 books. He coordinates education with respect to psychology for medical students in the Medical Faculty and is also involved in teaching these groups. He is on the Board of the Research Master Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (which is a division of SHARE) and teaches students of this Masterprogram. Apart from that he supervises students in psychology in doing research and writing their MA-theses and has given (advanced) courses in health psychology for them. Robbert Sanderman is honory Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society and member of the Scientific committee of the Consumer Quality-Index in the Netherlands (Stichting Klanttevredenheid in de zorg).
Past Official positions
Among others he was vice-chair of the board of the psychosocial scientific committee of the Dutch Cancer Society; Past president of the Dutch Behavioral Medicine Federation; Past president of the Dutch Society of Psychosocial Oncology; Past chair of the Board of the Research Institute Psychology and Health.