Dr Sarah Stutterheim (S.)
Sarah Stutterheim is an assistant professor at the Department of Work and Social Psychology. Her research is mixed methods and focuses primarily on social stigma and its effects, particularly among vulnerable populations. Her research also extends to include illness experiences, disclosure of concealable identities, HIV and STI prevention, sexuality, health promotion, LGBT issues, and planned behaviour change more generally. Her teaching focus is on academic skills, including writing skillls, qualitative research methods, presentation skills, as well as health psychology and applied social psychology.
social stigma, disclosure of concealable identities, illness experience, planned behaviour change, health education and promotion, hiv/aids/sti prevention, transgender identity, sexuality, qualitative research methods, academic writing
Professional career history
After completing her Master's degree in Health Education and Promotion at Maastricht University (2006), Sarah Stutterheim taught at the Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Science's Department of International Health (2006-2008). In 2007, she started her doctoral research on HIV-related stigma among African and Afro-Caribbean people living in the Netherlands at Maastricht University's Department of Work and Social Psychology. Upon completion of her dissertation (2010; defense in 2011), she initiated post-doctoral research at the Open University of the Netherlands on HIV-related stigma in the Dutch health care sector (2010-2015). In 2013, she combined this research appointment with a teaching position as a senior lecturer at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences where she taught academic writings skills to students hoping to qualify for university Master's programs. In 2015, she returned to Maastricht University's Department of Work and Social Psychology as a lecturer. In 2016, she was appointed assistant professor.
- Coordinator of Academic Skills Master's programs Health and Social Psychology, Psychology and Law, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Neuropsychology
- Track coordinator for the Master of Health and Social Psychology
- Internship and thesis supervisor to students in the Master's programs Health and Social Psychology and Work and Organizational Psychology
- Instructor in the course Planning Behaviour Change Programs (HSP)
- Mentor to students in the Bachelor of Psychology