Thabo van Woudenberg

Thabo van Woudenberg

Post-doc Researcher/Scientific coordinator

Erasmus University

Dr. Thabo van Woudenberg is an academic researcher interested in social (network) influences on health related behaviors and well-being. In his research, he uses social network modeling and mixed-effect models to study how physical activity spreads within youth’s social networks and how influential individuals can help peers in obtaining and preserving a healthy lifestyle.

  • Currently, Thabo is a post-doc research and coordinator of the NWO Vici financed SocialMovez-project at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The SocialMovez-project investigates how health campaigns for young people can be spread more effectively through peer influencers in online social networks. Using innovative technologies in the field of data analysis, our researchers demonstrate that you can optimize online (health) campaigns without compromising the privacy of young people. More specifically, Thabo investigates in what way health related behaviors can spread online, and which individuals are important to target in online interventions.

  • Before this position, Thabo investigated the role of (offline) social networks in classrooms in promoting physical activity of adolescents and was part of the MyMovez research team. His work is combined in the dissertation, which he successfully defended in January 2020.

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Interests

  • Physical Activity
  • Social Influence
  • Social Networks
  • Health Interventions
  • Mixed Methods
  • Well-Being

Education

  • PhD in Behavioural Science, 2020

    Radboud University, the Netherlands

  • Msc in Psychology, 2014

    Radboud University, the Netherlands

  • BSc in Communication Science, 2012

    Radboud University, the Netherlands

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