Research CV Nicolet

Research experience

Currently I’m Senior Scientist and Owner/Entrepreneur at Future Life Research BV, founded in 2014. I hold a PhD in medical psychology (Leiden University, 1999) and an MSc in developmental psychology (Utrecht University, 1990). Formerly, I worked as Head of Research at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, as Chief Scientist ‘Training Innovations’ at TNO, as researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Health Services Research (NIVEL), and as lecturer and researcher at Utrecht University and Leiden University.

My central interest as a researcher and lecturer is to stimulate people to take control over their own life and own development. Hence, self-direction and self-management are key factors. This applies to my former research on health behaviour and to my current research on learning and development innovations. Self-direction and self-management are key factors. It also applies to my teaching and coaching experiences. Another constant factor in my career is my fascination for a combination of scientific disciplines. I like to combine scientific disciplines in research projects in an agile mixture of theory and practice, because ‘innovations are born at the crossroads of disciplines’. I like to inspire multi-disciplinary teams and I am at my best when new situations ask for new combinations of knowledge and skills.

My central interest as a researcher and lecturer is
to stimulate people to take control over their own development.

I was a guest editor at Patient Education and Counselling, supervised five PhD students and am a member of the Association for Moral Education (AME). I have produced 64 scientific peer reviewed publications that are well cited (2.991 citations, an H-index of 18, Google Scholar 10-11-2022). I am an expert in qualitative and quantitative research methods, amongst others in questionnaire development and validation.

My current research aims at interactive online micro-learning for moral development and the sustainable development goals. Expertise: Moral Development, Learning for the unknown, Ecology of learning, Ubiquitous learning (didactics and learning technology), Self-directed professional learning, Self-management, Quality of life, Patient-provider communication, Adherence, Questionnaire development, Quantitative research methods, Teaching & Learning and Society & Technology.

Academic History

  • 2014-present: Future Life Research B.V.: Head of Research and Owner/Entrepreneur.
  • 2020-present: Senior researcher on behalf of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences at the LONKT project, PHD-supervision and other activities related to Doctoral College.
  • 2018-2019: Head of Research at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences: Responsible for the strategic research agenda and the monitoring of the overall academic quality at Wittenborg.
  • 2014-2018: Senior Research Scientist on behalf of TNO at the European program DRIVER.
  • 2011-2014: TNO (dept. Training and Performance Innovations): Senior researcher and program leader.
  • 2009-2011 TNO (dept. Training Innovations): Chief Scientist.
  • 2005-2008 TNO (dept. Training and Instruction): Group leader.
  • 2004-2005 TNO (dept. Education and Training): Research Scientist.
  • 2002-2004 Netherlands Institute of Health Services Research (NIVEL) Researcher.
  • 1998-2002 Utrecht University (dept. Health Psychology): Postdoc researcher and lecturer.
  • 1999: Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, Leiden University.
  • 1994-1998 Leiden University (dept. Pediatrics): Lecturer and researcher.
  • 1991-1994 Utrecht University (dept. Developmental Psychology): Lecturer and researcher.
  • 1990: MSc, Department of Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University.


PhD Project co-supervision

  • Quality of life in adolescents born small for gestational age (SGA): finished
  • Building-block solutions for developing instructional software. Status: finished
  • Evaluation of the transfer of training in the military. Status: aborted.
  • Psychological and physical predictors of overtraining in young athletes. Status: end-stage.
  • Flexibility in mental health care organizations. Status: finished.