Hugo Alberts, PhD., Psychologist, Researcher

Hugo Alberts, PhD., is a psychologist, researcher, former Professor of Psychology in the Netherlands, and the Founder of

linkedin Hugo AlbertsDr. Hugo Alberts (Ph.D.) – psychologist, researcher, and entrepreneur. Upon completion of the master’s psychology in 2002, he obtained his doctorate in 2007 on the theme of self-regulation.

Since 2008, mindfulness is a major focus of his research and teaching. Through controlled lab- and field studies his research seeks to provide insight into the effectiveness of this method and the processes that underlie mindfulness. As a psychologist, Hugo integrates third wave therapies and positive psychology into his work with clients and groups.


Contact details

Hugo Alberts
Gandhiplein 16
6229 HN Maastricht
The Netherlands
Place and date of birth: Heerlen, March 29, 1980



1992 – 1998: Pre-university education, Sophianum, Gulpen
1998 – 2002: Master’s program Psychology, specialization Social Psychology, Maastricht University



2001- 2002: Executive Research Assistant on A theory- and evidence-based AIDS prevention program for Dutch drug users
2002- 2006: PhD-candidate at Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology
2007 – 2018: Assistant Professor, University of Maastricht, Dep. of Clinical Psychological Science
2012 – present: Owner “Mindfulness Extended” a company that aims to enhance the link between science and practice
2013 – present: Co-founder



  • Meesters, A., den Bosch-Meevissen, Y. M. I., Weijzen, C. A., Buurman, W. A., Losen, M., Schepers, J., Thissen M.R.T.M., Alberts, H.J.E.M., Schalkwijk, C.G., & Peters, M. L. (2018). The effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on wound healing: a preliminary study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 385-397. | LINK
  • Alberts, H. J.E.M., Otgaar, H., & Kalagi, J. (2017). Minding the source: The impact of mindfulness on source monitoring. Legal and Criminological Psychology22, 302-313. | LINK
  • Emmerling, F., Martijn, C., Alberts, H. J.E.M., Thomson, A. C., David, B., Kessler, D., … & Sack, A. T. (2017). The (non-) replicability of regulatory resource depletion: A field report employing non-invasive brain stimulation. PloS one12, e0174331. | LINK
  • Hagger, M. S., Chatzisarantis, N. L., Alberts, H., Anggono, C. O., Batailler, C., Birt, A. R., … & Calvillo, D. P. (2016). A multilab preregistered replication of the ego-depletion effect. Perspectives on Psychological Science11, 546-573. | LINK
  • Hülsheger, U. R., Lang, J. W., Depenbrock, F., Fehrmann, C., Zijlstra, F. R., & Alberts, H. J. (2014). The power of presence: The role of mindfulness at work for daily levels and change trajectories of psychological detachment and sleep quality. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 1113-1128. | LINK
  • Smeets, E., Neff, K., Alberts, H.  & Peters, M. (2016). Meeting suffering with kindness: effects of a brief self-compassion intervention for female college students. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70, 794-807. | LINK
  • Den Bosch-Meevissen, Y. M. C. I., Peters, M. L., & Alberts, H. J. E. M. (2014). Dispositional optimism, optimism priming, and prevention of ego depletion. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 515-520. | LINK
  • Alberts, H., Thewissen, R., & Middelweerd, M. (2013). Accepting or suppressing the desire to eat: Investigating the short-term effects of acceptance-based craving regulation. Eating Behaviours, 14, 405-409. | LINK
  • Hulsheger, U., Lang, J. Alberts, H.  (2013). Benefits of Mindfulness at Work: The Role of Mindfulness in Emotion Regulation, Emotional Exhaustion, and Job Satisfaction. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 310-325. | LINK
  • Alberts, H. J.E.M., Thewissen, R, & Raes, L. (2012). Dealing with problematic eating behaviour. The effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on eating behaviour, food cravings, dichotomous thinking and body image concern, Appetite, 58, 847–851. | LINK
  • Alleva, J.M., Roelofs, J., Voncken, M., Meevissen, Y., & Alberts, H. (2012). On the Relation between Mindfulness and Depressive Symptoms: Rumination as a Possible Mediator, Mindfulness, 5, 72-79. | LINK
  • Otgaar, H., Alberts, H., Cuppens, L. (2012). Ego depletion results in an increase in spontaneous false memories.Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 1673–1680. | LINK
  • Otgaar, H., Alberts, H., Cuppens, L. (2012). How cognitive resources alter our perception of the past: Ego depletion enhances the susceptibility to suggestion. Applied Cognitive Psychology.26, 159–163. | LINK
  • Meevissen, Y., Alberts H., & Peters, M. (2011). Become more optimistic by imagining a best possible self: Effects of a two week intervention. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42, 371-378. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.42, 371-378. | LINK
  • Alberts, H., Schneider, F., & Martijn., C. (2012). Dealing Efficiently with Emotions: Acceptance-based Coping with Negative Emotions Requires Fewer resources than Suppression. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 863-70. | LINK
  • Alberts, H.J.E.M. & Thewissen, R. (2011). The effect of a brief mindfulness intervention on memory for positively and negatively valenced stimuli. Mindfulness. 2, 73–77. | LINK
  • Alberts, H., Martijn., C., & de Vries, N.K. (2011). Fighting self-control failure: Overcoming ego depletion by increasing self-awareness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 58-62. | LINK
  • Alberts, H. J.E.M., Mulkens, S., Smeets, M. & Thewissen, R. (2010). Coping with food cravings:  Investigating the potential of a mindfulness-based intervention, Appetite, 55, 160-163. | LINK
  • Alberts, H. J.E.M, Martijn, C, Nievelstein, F,  Jansen, A.  & de Vries, N.K. (2008) Distracting the self: Shifting attention prevents ego depletion. Self and Identity, 7, 322 – 334. | LINK
  • Martijn, C., Alberts, H., Sheeran, P., Peters, G., Mikolajczak, J. & de Vries, N.K. (2007). Blocked goals, persistent action: Implementation intentions engender tenacious goal striving, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1137–1143. | LINK
  • Alberts, H.J.E.M., Martijn, C., Greb, J., Merckelbach, H. & de Vries, N.K. (2007). Carrying on or giving in: The role of automatic processes in overcoming ego depletion. British Journal of Social Psychology,46, 383-399. | LINK
  • Martijn, C., Alberts, H.J.E.M., Merckelbach, H., Havermans, R., Huijts, A., & De Vries, N.K. (2007). Overcoming ego depletion: The influence of exemplar priming on self-control performance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 231-238. | LINK
  • De Cremer, D., & Alberts, H. J. E. M. (2002). When procedural fairness does not influence how positive I feel: The effects of voice and leader selection as a function of belongingness need. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 333-344. | LINK


International book chapters

  • Alberts, H. (2017). Studying Mindfulness with Different Methods. In J.C. Karremans & E.K. Papies (Eds.), Mindfulness in Social Psychology. Hove, UK: Psychology Press. | LINK
  • Alberts, H.J.E.M. & Thewissen, R. (2016). Examining the Utility and Limitations of Mindfulness-Based Approaches in the Treatment of Overweight and Obese Individuals.  In: A.F. Haynos, E.M. Forman, M. L. Butryn,  & J. Lillis (Eds.). Mindfulness and Acceptance for Treating Eating Disorders and Weight Concerns: Evidence-Based Interventions. New Harbinger Publications. | LINK
  • Alberts, H., & Hulsheger, U. (2016). Applying mindfulness in the context of work: Mindfulness interventions. In: P. Atkins & J. Reb (Eds.). Mindfulness in Organisations.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. | LINK
  • Martijn, C., Alberts, H., & De Vries, N.K. (2006). Maintaining self-control: The role of expectancies. In: D. de Ridder & J. de Wit (Eds.). Self-regulation in health behavior. Chichester UK: Wiley. | LINK



Companies & organizations (selection)


  • Course “Self-control”, Master Health & Social Psychology, 2006-2017
    (course developer, coordinator, lecturer, tutor)
  • Course “Positive Psychology”, bachelor yr 3
    (course developer, lecturer)
  • Course “Positive Psychology”, Centre for European studies (2012-2017)
    (course developer, coordinator, lecturer, tutor)
  • Course “Research: How to do it?”, Bachelor yr 2 (2008-2011)
    (course developer, coordinator, lecturer, tutor)
  • Course “Manipulation” Master Health & Social Psychology
    (member course development, lecturer)
  • Supervision of bachelor, honor’s, and master theses
  • Guest lectures in other courses, institutes, and universities

Nominated for the Education Award of the Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience (2008, 2009, 2011,2014, 2016)

  • A coaching masterclass on resilience (2019) | LINK
  • A coaching masterclass on emotional intelligence (2019) | LINK
  • A coaching masterclass on meaning and valued living (2018) | LINK
  • A coaching masterclass on the science of self-acceptance (2018) | LINK
  • Mindfulness X (2017) | LINK

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