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Personality, Clinical and Health Psychology


Students of the Dutch bachelor’s programme, see Persoonlijkheids, Klinische en Gezondheidspsychologie

Entry requirements



This course provides an introduction to clinical and health psychology including relevant insights from personality psychology. Clinical psychology is concerned with the characteristics, causes, diagnoses and treatments of psychopathology. Health psychology focuses on health promotion and the psychological characteristics, causes and treatments of physical symptoms and diseases.

Course objectives

  • Acquiring knowledge about etiology, diagnosis and treatment of the main forms of psychopathology and physical disorders;

  • Acquiring knowledge about promotion of health behaviour;

  • Acquire knowledge of the personality theories most important for understanding psychopathology and health problems;

  • Gain experience in designing a scientifically sound behavior change program;

  • Applying intervention and behaviour change techniques;

  • Presenting theoretical information to an informed audience.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



First-year bachelor students are assigned and registered for all components in the first academic year by the administration of their bachelor programme. The programme will communicate to these students for which course components and for which period the registration applies. All other students (excl. minor and exchange) must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.


You must register for each exam in My Studymap at least 10 days before the exam date. Don’t forget! For more information, see the enrolment procedure.
You cannot take an exam without a valid registration in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Students who take this course as part of a LDE minor or a premaster programme, exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

7 2-hours lectures (weblectures available)
7 2-hours workgroup session (attendance required)

Attendance at the work group sessions is mandatory. See Brightspace for more information.

In the event of force majeure, a maximum of 1 meeting may be missed irrespective of the reason of the absence (and this has to be made up by a workgroup resit assignment). If one is absent from a meeting at which one has to do the presentation, this leads to a deduction of 2 points from this partial mark (and still the workgroup resit assignment applies). Arriving late (>10 minutes) is considered absent.

Assessment method

The lectures conclude with an examination consisting of approximately 55 four-choice questions (70% of the final mark).
The workgroup sessions conclude with a workgroup grade (30% of the final mark).

Compensation is allowed when exam grade and workgroup grade are both ≥5.0

The workgroup grade is composed out of two individual assignments (steps assignment 10% and behavioral change assignment 50%) and a group presentation (40%).

In case of an insufficient workgroup grade (< 5.0), a resit may be taken for behavioural change assignments under certain conditions. Resits are possible if the attendance requirement is met, if there is a presentation grade >5.0 and if at least one individual assignments is handed in timely. The presentation and steps assignment grade cannot be retaken.

The literature for the exam is the integral E-book: ‘Custom Published Book’: Introduction to Personality, Clinical & Health Psychology, Leiden University Custom Edition, McGrawHill)and the lectures slides.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. All students are required to take and pass the Scientific Integrity Test with a score of 100% in order to learn about the practice of integrity in scientific writing. Students are given access to the quiz via a module on Brightspace. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these two policies.

Consultation of the exam will take place some weeks after the exam (date and location will be announced on Brightspace).

Reading list

Introduction to Personality, Clinical & Health Psychology. Leiden University Custom Edition McGrawHill. This eBook is purchased with access to Connect, an online environment that includes practice questions for the exam. The custom published eBook can be purchased online (details will be shared on Brightspace).

Literature for this course is a so-called ‘Custom Published eBook’, a selection of chapters from three different books are selected and assembled in one book –especially for this course- by the publisher. This makes a substantial difference in the price. Of course, you are free to buy all three books on which this custom published eBook is based: Larsen & Buss (2020), Personality Psychology, 3rd revised edition ((ISBN 9781526847874).), Nolen-Hoeksema (2022) Abnormal Psychology, 9th edition (ISBN 9781265237769 ) and Taylor (2021) Health Psychology, 11th edition (ISBN 9781260253900).

Contact information

Lectures and exam
Dr. Sanne van Luenen
Dr. Bart Verkuil

Dr. Chris Verhoeven