The focus of my current work as a health scientist is on research in the field of work and health. Since July 2002, I am assistant professor at the Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University (Netherlands). I graduated from Maastricht University with a MA in Health Sciences (specialization Health Policy and Management). I received my PhD in Health Sciences on work motivation, burnout and turnover in 2002 from Maastricht University. From 2001 to 2002 I worked as an Assistant Professor at the Open Universiteit Nederland. My current research interests encompass various topics such as sustainable employment, burnout, fatigue among General Practitioners, work life balance, cultural differences in work and health, domestic work, gender and health, engagement of employees, vocational rehabilitation, labour participation of people with visual impairments, reintegration of sick-listed employees, as well as research methodology. I supervise PhD students who do research in these areas and (co-)authors various scientific papers in these fields. These papers are published in journal like the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. I co-author several papers with colleagues from the University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden), the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm) and Umeå University (Umeå, Sweden).
- Vitality@DSM: participatie en effectiviteit. Een diversiteitsspecifieke evaluatie [Vitality@DSM: participation and effectiveness]. Postdoc project 2012-2013. Acquired ZonMW funding (€199.541,--). Role: project leader.
- Work-home conflict and health outcomes among human service professionals across different European cultures. PhD project 2009-2013. Role: supervisor/co-promotor.
- Accessibility of the labour market: the development of an assessment instrument to measure the accessibility of the labour market for visual impaired people. PhD project 2008 – 2012. Funded by ZonMW, The Netherlands. Role: supervisor/co-promotor.
- Diagnose van het systeemfalen: de vraagzijde, ontwikkelingen en uitdagingen/Het systeemfalen doorbroken. Regierol van werknemer en werkgever: implementatie van arbeidsgerelateerde zorgproducten [The failure of the occupational health system. Role of employers and employees]. Research project, 2009-2014. Funded by Stichting Instituut GAK, The Netherlands. Role: supervisor/co-promotor.
- Prevention of sick leave and improvement of work participation among workers with mental complaints and/or fatigue: a randomized controlled trial. PhD project 2007-2014. Funded by DSM/Sabic, The Netherlands. Role: supervisor.
Most recent publications:
Hazelzet, E., Bosma, H., de Rijk, A., & Houkes, I. (2020). Does Dialogue Improve the Sustainable Employability of Low-Educated Employees? A Study Protocol for an Effect and Process Evaluation of "Healthy HR". Frontiers in Public Health, 8, . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00446
Bernstrom, V. H., & Houkes, I. (2020). Shift work and sickness absence at a Norwegian hospital: a longitudinal multilevel study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 77(8), 555-563. https://doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2019-106240
Putnik, K., Houkes, I., Jansen, N., Nijhuis, F., & Kant, IJ. (2020). Work-home interface in a cross-cultural context: a framework for future research and practice. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 31(13), 1645-1662. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2017.1423096
van der Heijden, B. I. J. M., Houkes, I., van den Broeck, A., & Czabanowska, K. (2020). "I Just Can't Take It Anymore": How Specific Work Characteristics Impact Younger Versus Older Nurses' Health, Satisfaction, and Commitment. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00762
Houkes, I., Miglioretti, M., Picco, E., & De Rijk, A. E. (2020). Tapping the Employee Perspective on the Improvement of Sustainable Employability (SE): Validation of the MAastricht Instrument for SE (MAISE-NL). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7), . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072211
Smeets, J., Hoefsmit, N., & Houkes, I. (2019). Self-directing return-to-work: Employees' perspective. WORK-A Journal of Prevention Assessment & Rehabilitation, 64(4), 797-807. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-193041
Hazelzet, E., Picco, E., Houkes, I., Bosma, H., & de Rijk, A. (2019). Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Sustainable Employability: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(11), . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111985
Hoefsmit, N., Boumans, N., & Houkes, I. (2019). Eigen regie over werkhervatting door verzuimende werknemers. Gedrag & Organisatie, 32(2), 71-85. https://www.gedragenorganisatie.nl/inhoud/tijdschrift_artikel/GO-32-2-1/Eigen-regie-over-werkhervatting-door-verzuimende-werknemers
Peters, V., de Rijk, A. E., Engels, J. A., Houkes, I., Joosten, J., & Kant, I. (2018). Sickness Absence of Nurses Working in Residential Elder Care The Essential Role of Psychosocial Job Resources and Home Demands. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 60(9), E445-E454. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000001393
Simons, A. M. W., Houkes, I., Koster, A., Groffen, D. A. I., & Bosma, H. (2018). The silent burden of stigmatisation: a qualitative study among Dutch people with a low socioeconomic position. BMC Public Health, 18, . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5210-6
Galea, C., Houkes, I. & Rijk, A. de (2014). An insider's point of view: how a system of flexible working hours helps employees to strike a proper balance between work and personal life. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (8), 1090-1111. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2013.816862
Hoefsmit, N., Houkes, I. & Nijhuis, F.J.N. (2014). Environmental and personal factors that support early return-to-work: A qualitative study using the ICF as a framework. WORK-A Journal of Prevention Assessment & Rehabilitation, 48 (2), 203-215. doi: 10.3233/WOR-131657
Verdonk, P., Räntzsch, V., Vries, R. de & Houkes, I. (2014). Show what you know and deal with stress yourself: a qualitative interview study of medical interns' perceptions of stress and gender. BMC Medical Education, 14, 96. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-96
■ Aelfers, E., Bosma, H., Houkes, I., & Van Eijk, J.T.M. (2013). Effectiveness of a minimal psychological intervention to reduce non-severe depression and chronic fatigue in a working population: the design of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 13: 129. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-13-129 URL: https://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/129.
■ Galea, C., Houkes, I., & Rijk, A. de (2013). An insider’s point of view: how a system of flexible working hours helps employees to strike a proper balance between work and personal life. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2013.816862.
■ Hoefsmit, N., Houkes, I. & Nijhuis, F.J.N. (in press). Bottlenecks that impede early work resumption. A qualitative study. Work.
■ Hoefsmit, N., Rijk, A. de, & Houkes, I. (2013). Work resumption at the price of distrust: a qualitative study on return to work legislation in the Netherlands. BMC Public Health, 13:153. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-153 URL: https://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/153.
■ Abrahams, H., Houkes, I., Winants, Y., Twellaar, M., & Verdonk, P. (2013). Gender en burnout bij Nederlandse huisartsen. Tsg (Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen), 91(4), 225-233.
■ Staal J.B., De Rijk, A., Houkes I., & Heymans, M.W. (2013). Clinical interventions to reduce work disability in workers with musculoskeletal disorders or mental health problems. In: P. Loisel and H. Anema (Eds). Handbook of Work Disability. Prevention and Management (pp. 317-334). New York: Springer.
■ Hoefsmit, N., Houkes, I., & Nijhuis, F.J.N. Intervention Characteristics that Facilitate Return to Work after Sickness Absence: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 18(1). Published online April 4, 2012 DOI 10.1007/s10926-012-9359-z.
■ Samuelsson, Å., Houkes, I., Verdonk, P., & Hammerström, A. (2012). Type of employment, working conditions and health in Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 40, 183-190. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1403494811435498 Published online before print February 10, 2012, doi: 10.1177/1403494811435498
■ Houkes, I., Rijk, A.E. de, & Niessen, V.M. (2012). Combining work and care: a new light on effective strategies and long term experiences with a pilot intervention to test these. European Journal of Public Health, 22(Suppl. 2), 156-157.
■ Houkes. I., & Verdonk, P. (2012). Van Miss Jones tot opgebrande VAMP. VAMP Magazine voor Vrouwelijke Artsen Met Power, 40(november), 12-13.
■ Houkes, I., Winants, Y.H.W.M., Twellaar, M., & Verdonk, P. (2011). Development of burnout over time and the causal order of the three dimensions of burnout among male and female GPs. A three wave panel study. BMC Public Health,11,240. Online available from https://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/240.
■ Putnik, K.P., & Houkes, I. (2011). Work related characteristics, work-home and home-work interference and burnout among primary healthcare physicians: A gender perspective in a Serbian context. BMC Public Health, 11, 716. Online available from https://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/716
■ Houkes, I. (2011). Juggling work and family: new perspectives in research. Symposium at the EAWOP conference May 26-28 Maastricht, the Netherlands.
■ Putnik, K., Houkes, I., & Verdonk, P. (2011). Gender, work-home interface and emotional exhaustion among Serbian and Maltese human service professionals. European Journal of Public Health, 21(Suppl. 1), 90-91.
■ Goertz, Y.H.H., Van Lierop, B.A.G., Houkes, I., & Nijhuis, F.J.N. (2010). Factors related to employment of visually impaired persons: A systematic literature review. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 104(7), 404-418.
■ Abrahams, H., Verdonk, P., & Houkes, I. (2010). Gender, work-home interference and burnout among Dutch General Practitioners. European Journal of Public Health, 20(Suppl.1), 231.
■ Putnik, K. & Houkes, I. (2010). Burnout and the role of work-home and home-work interference among female physicians in Serbia. CaRe Refresher seminar February 2010, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
■ Verdonk, P., & Houkes, I. (2010). Boekbespreking. Bright-sided. How the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America. Gedrag & Organisatie, 23(2), 172-174.
Other publications are available upon request.