Career summary

Metanoia Institute, London (UK)

Senior researcher & Senior Lecturer

Research on humanistic and existential psychotherapies, meaning in life & society, social justice, therapeutic relationship, randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses

Senior researcher in Metanoia Counselling & Psychotherapy Service (MCPS).

Senior lecturer (research), e.g. coordinator research modules and research supervision, chair ethics committee, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.



New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling, London (UK)

Research Coordinator (2020-2021).

Leader Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (2018-2020).

Lecturer & doctorate research supervisor Doctorates in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling & Counselling Psychology (2015-ongoing).

Link to my profile


Chair IMEC, London (UK)

Chair of IMEC International Meaning Events & Community

2023. IMEC Edited book on ‘‘COVID-19 and Beyond: Psychological, Existential and Therapeutic Perspectives on mental health and meaning’. Eds: Joel Vos, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Stefan Schulenberg                                                                        2022. IMEC Special edition of Journal of Constructivist Psychology on ‘Meaning in life and society’. Eds: Joel Vos, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Stefan Schulenberg
2021. IMEC Festival of Hope & Despair.                                                                                                                                2020. IMEC Conference ‘Facing COVID-19 and beyond’
2020. IMEC Support groups ‘MentalHealth4All’
2019. IMEC Conference ‘The social & personal power of meaning’
2017. IMEC Conference ‘Joining forces in practice & research’
2015-2020 IMEC Art & Music events ‘Punk4MentalHealth’



University of Roehampton, London (UK)

Reader (=Associate professor) in Counselling Psychology.

Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Social and psychological Transformation (CREST).

Research on existential & humanistic psychotherapies.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

Post-doctoral researcher at the Dept. of Clinical Psychology & EMGO+.

Clinical trials on meaning-centered, narrative & spiritual psychotherapy for cancer patients.


Leiden University Medical Centre (NL)

PhD in Psychology, at the Department of Clinical & Human Genetics.

Research on the psychological interpretation & existential impact of DNA-testing for heritable cancer (BRCA1/2). Link to PhD thesis


Guest lecturer & research supervisor

Guest lecturer at international universities.

Research supervisor at international universities (approx. 74 doctorate supervisees, 13 Master, 17 Bachelor).


Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (selection) 

2012 Transactional Analysis (NL)

2011 Intern, Memorial Kettering Sloan Cancer Center NYC (USA)

2010 Epidemiology, EMGO+ (NL)

2010 Group psychotherapy, RINO (NL)

2009 Treatment of psychotrauma, Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma (ISR)

2008 Existential Therapy, Turnhout University (BE)

2008 Statistics, Essex Summer School (UK)

2005 Contextual family therapy, Leren over Leven (BE)

2006 Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, RINO (NL)

2005 Narrative therapy, RINO (NL)

2005 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, RINO (NL)


Leiden University (NL)

MA. Master in Philosophy (cum laude).


Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam (NL).

Researcher. Dept. of Medical Psychology. Research on the psychology of migraine.


Meaning Online Ltd

Individual & group psychotherapy, counselling & coaching (places available. contact


Leiden University (NL)

MSc. Master in Clinical Psychology (cum laude).

MSc. Elected modules in Social Psychology, Cognitive Neuropsychology, & Sociology.


Leiden University (NL)

Propaedeutic Diploma in Psychology (cum laude).


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