Jessie de Witt Huberts

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Jessie de Witt Huberts received her MA degree in Social Psychology and in Clinical Psychology in 2008 from the University of Amsterdam. In October 2008 she started as a PhD student at the Clinical and Health Psychology department at Utrecht University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Denise de Ridder and Dr. Catharine Evers.

Jessie’s research concerns the influence of emotions on the self-regulation of health behaviour in general, and the phenomenon of emotional eating in particular. Emotions, especially negative emotions, often have a detrimental effect on effective self-regulation.

How negative emotional states influence health-related self-regulation is examined from three different perspectives:
•    The influence of endocrine factors on emotional states and regulation of bodily states.
•    The interaction between emotions and cognition and its effect on self-regulatory dilemmas.
•    The role of ‘rational factors’ such as deliberation and justification in self-regulation failure.


Supervision of bachelor’s and master’s theses.


In press

De Witt Huberts, J., Evers, C., & De Ridder, D.T.D. (in press). Double trouble: Restrained eaters do not eat less and feel worse. Psychology & Health.


De Witt Huberts, J.C., Evers, C., & De Ridder, D.T.D. (2012). License to sin: Self-licensing as underlying mechanism of hedonic consumption. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 490-496. pdf


De Witt Huberts, J.C., Van Holst, R.J., & Merkx, M. (2011). Alcoholafhankelijkheid: een inadequate copingstrategie? Nieuwe inzichten in de werkingsmechanismen van CGT uit neurobiologisch onderzoek. [Alcohol dependence: An inadequate copingstrategy? New insights from neurobiological research into the mechanisms of action of CBT for alcohol dependence]. Directieve Therapie, 3, 280-298.


De Witt Huberts, J.C., Evers, C., & De Ridder, D.T.D. (2010). Ongezonde controle: zelfrechtvaardiging als oorzaak van ongezond eetgedrag. [Unhealthy control: self-licensing as instigator of unhealhty eating behavior]. Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2010, 525-532.

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