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Personality traits and uncertainty as a predictor for eating disorders

Lot Sternheim

Lot Sternheim


I obtained my BA in Social Sciences from the University College Utrecht in the Netherlands in 2004 and my MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of Exeter in the UK in 2006. After driving to Ghana and working as a councillor in a school for children with behavioural problems I started a job as a research worker in the Eating Disorders Unit at the institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the UK in February 2008. I moved back to the Netherlands in autumn 2011 to continue my research at Altrecht Eetstoornissen Rintveld, and to start work at the University of Utrecht.


From 2008-2011 I worked at the Institute of Psychiatry in London (UK) where I completed my PhD 'Anxiety-related Processes in People with Anorexia Nervosa'. The studies in my PhD investigated whether the processes established to maintain anxiety in anxiety patients are relevant to anorexia nervosa patients and how they affect eating pathology. During my time at the IoP I was also lead researcher on a study testing an internet-based relapse prevention intervention for people who have just completed an inpatient treatment on anorexia nervosa. Since completing my PhD I have continues my research into anxiety-related processes in anorexia, particular focussing on  Intolerance of Uncertainty and worry, and their role in the development and maintenance of AN. Next to these studies I am interested in cognitive flexibility, OCD and social anxiety and shared emotional and cognitive processes both in terms of psychological and neuropsychological factors.

Next to doing research I work as a course coordinator of undergraduate Psychology courses such as Methods and Statistics: Research Methods (2 and 3),  the Bachelor Thesis, and Diagnostic Assessments within Clinical
Psychology, and I am involved in developing the master program Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Utrecht. I also supervise BSc and MSc students on their research projects and theses and students on their clinical internship.

Next to my participation in the URGE group I am also collaborating with researcher of the Self-Regulation lab and the Experimental PsychoPathology group (EPP)  at the department of Clinical and Healthy Psychology (UU) and with a number of international researchers in the field of eating disorders.

Contact Information

University Utrecht
Clinical and Health Psychology
P.O. Box 80140
3508 TC Utrecht

Visiting address:
Heidelberglaan 1, room H131


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