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dr. M. (Michelle) van Laethem

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Work and Organizational Psychology
Photographer: PicturePeople

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 2.07
Postal address
  • Postbus 15919
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Biographical Sketch

    Michelle Van Laethem is an assistant professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. After receiving her Master’s degree at Maastricht University in 2011 (cum laude), Michelle conducted her PhD studies on work stress and sleep at the Behavioural Science Institute in Nijmegen, which she finished in 2016. She successfully defended her PhD soon thereafter (January 2017).

     

    General Research Interests

    Work-related stress, recovery, cognitive processes, sleep, performance, health behaviors, technology at work

     

    Research

    During my PhD project, I have examined reciprocity between work stress and sleep, as well as perseverative cognition (e.g., rumination and worry) as an underlying mechanism. More specifically, occupational health research has shown that stress can be a major cause of sleeping difficulties, which in turn can have a harmful impact on health. Cognitive processes, as for example perseverative cognition, are often proposed as key mediating factors in the association between (work)stress and poor sleep quality. In several empirical studies, I examined (i) the temporal relations between work-related stress(ors) and sleep, (ii) the role of (work-related) perseverative cognition as a potential underlying mechanism in the stress-sleep relationship, and (iii) the development of stress and sleep over time. My PhD research indeed provided evidence for reciprocal relations between work-related stress(ors), sleep, and perseverative cognition. Moreover, perseverative cognition acted as a mediator in between work stress(ors) and sleep both in the short term and long term, which supports the role of perseverative cognition as an underlying mechanism of the stress-sleep relationship. Additionally, a first light was shed on the ‘short term’ time course of stress and sleep in the face of an upcoming stressful event. Insight into the ‘long term’ time course of stress, perseverative cognition, and sleep, when being chronically exposed to high job demands for at least four years, was provided.

     

    Current research areas include investigating how stress, perseverative cognition, and sleep are related to work-related performance outcomes such as task and contextual performance. Another line of research explores mediators and moderators of the stress-sleep relationship, including but not limited to cognitive processes, mood, happiness, and health behaviors such as exercise. Moreover, I examine both sleep quality and quantity. In a third line of research, I investigate how employees’ connectedness to the workplace (e.g., work-related smartphone use, workplace telepressure) affects their sleep and work performance, while accounting for cognitive and biological mechanisms.

     

    My research has mainly been conducted with (diary-based) longitudinal studies, investigating day-to-day fluctuations as well as long-term variations in stress(ors), sleep, and underlying processes of the stress-sleep relationship. Additionally, I have experience with various research methods (longitudinal, experimental, field studies, systematic reviews) and use both subjective and objective measures. I have a wide-ranging statistical skillset including several analysis techniques such as multilevel- and structural equation modelling.

  • Publications

    2018

    Award

    • van Laethem, M. (2017). KNAW van der Gaag Grant.

    Media appearance

    • Van Laethem, M. (13-12-2018). Altijd bereikbaar voor werk Psychologie magazine. Altijd bereikbaar voor werk.
    • van Laethem, M. (10-12-2018). Hoe kun je de verleiding weerstaan om meteen op werkmails te reageren? NRC. Hoe kun je de verleiding weerstaan om meteen op werkmails te reageren?.
    • van Laethem, M. (14-11-2018). Hart van Nederland - television broadcast SBS6. Recht op onbereikbaarheid.
    • van Laethem, M. (08-11-2018). Wat te doen als collega’s je ‘s avonds nog appen? Folia. Wat te doen als collega’s je ‘s avonds nog appen?.
    • van Laethem, M. (07-11-2018). Stop met reageren op werkappjes in je vrije tijd Tonic. Stop met reageren op werkappjes in je vrije tijd.
    • van Laethem, M. (03-11-2018). Zo zorg je ervoor dat je minder op je smartphone kijkt NU.nl. Zo zorg je ervoor dat je minder op je smartphone kijkt.
    • van Laethem, M. (25-10-2018). De Ochtendspits BNR Nieuwsradio. Workplace Telepressure.
    • van Laethem, M. (10-10-2018). Goed slapen is óók een zorg van de baas NRC. Goed slapen is óók een zorg van de baas.
    • van Laethem, M. (05-10-2018). Uitdagende werkeisen hebben een positieve invloed op de prestaties Folia. Uitdagende werkeisen hebben een positieve invloed op de prestaties.
    • van Laethem, M. (16-04-2018). Balance finden zwischen digital-hype & digital-detox Sposa Facts Bridal Magazine. Balance finden zwischen digital-hype & digital-detox.
    • van Laethem, M. (21-02-2018). Retrieved from https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/02/20/stress-verslechtert-slaap-slecht-slapen-verergert-stress-6825049-a1546877. van der Schrier, M. (2017, February 21). Stress verslechtert slaap, slecht slapen verergert stress [Interview]. NRC..
    • van Laethem, M. (31-01-2018). Retrieved from http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/gezondheid/nieuwe-richtlijnen-voor-goede-nachtrust-slaap-jij-gezond. Redactie RTL Nieuws (2017, January 31). Nieuwe richtlijnen voor goede nachtrust: slaap jij gezond? [Interview]. RTL Nieuws..
    • van Laethem, M. (13-01-2018). In N. van Baarlen (Producer), Morning Edition. Hilversum, the Netherlands: Radio 538.. Evers, E. (Narrator). (2017, January 13). Edwin Evers staat op [Radio broadcast episode]..
    • van Laethem, M. (01-01-2018). Zo ga je stress te lijf ONVZ Gids in Gezondheid. Zo ga je stress te lijf.
    • van Laethem, M. (13-12-2017). Tonk, F. (2017, December 13). Zo ga je stress te lijf [Interview]. NRC: XTR Branded Content. Retrieved from https://www.nrc.nl/advertentie/onvz/zo-ga-je-stress-te-lijf. Tonk, F. (2017, December 13). Zo ga je stress te lijf [Interview]. NRC: XTR Branded Content. Retrieved from https://www.nrc.nl/advertentie/onvz/zo-ga-je-stress-te-lijf.
    • van Laethem, M. (15-11-2017). Retrieved from https://www.ika-ned.nl/nieuws/2017/11/13-tot-17-november-week-van-de-werkstress-2017/. Slapen, piekeren en stress [Facebook Live Session]. Week van de Werkstress..
    • van Laethem, M. (14-11-2017). Retrieved from https://www.metronieuws.nl/werkgeld/2017/11/slaap-je-goed-mag-de-baas-best-aan-je-vragen. Jonk, E. (2017, November 14). ‘Slaap je goed?’ Mag de baas best aan je vragen [Interview]. Metro..
    • van Laethem, M. (13-11-2017). [Radio broadcast episode]. RTV NH. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: NH Radio.. Hoogcarspel, J. (Narrator). (2017, November 13). June tot Twaalf [Radio broadcast episode]. RTV NH. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: NH Radio..
    • van Laethem, M. (27-10-2017). Wendy. Retrieved from http://wendyonline.nl/onderzocht-er-is-een-relatie-tussen-werkstress-en-slaap-tips/. De Redactie (2017, October 27). Onderzocht: er is een relatie tussen werkstress en slaap + tips [Interview]. Wendy..
    • van Laethem, M. (21-06-2017). TNO (2017, June 21). Technostress [Webinar]. Retrieved from http://www.monitorarbeid.tno.nl/nieuws/technostress-webinar. Technostress [Webinar]..
    • van Laethem, M. (21-06-2017). . Retrieved from https://fd.nl/advertorial/zilverenkruis/1206208/weinig-slapen-heeft-veel-impact. Reijngoud, T. (2017, Juni 20). Weinig slapen heeft veel impact [Interview]. Financieel Dagblad.
    • van Laethem, M. (28-04-2017). Retrieved from https://www.previdis.be/web/previdis/-/piekeren-en-slecht-slapen-maken-stress-erger. Jacobs, C. (2017, April 28). Piekeren en slecht slapen maken stress erger [Interview]. Prevedis..
    • van Laethem, M. (04-03-2017). Retrieved from https://www.trouw.nl/home/wie-stress-heeft-slaapt-slecht-wie-slecht-slaapt-heeft-meer-last-van-stress-~a8007d1f/. Steenhuis, P.H. (2017, March 4). Wie stress heeft slaapt slecht; wie slecht slaapt heeft meer last van stress [Interview]. Trouw..
    • van Laethem, M. (13-01-2017). Retrieved from https://www.nationalezorggids.nl/ziekenhuizen/nieuws/35913-piekeren-en-slechte-nachtrust-vormen-vicieuze-cirkel.html. Redactie Nationale Zorggids (2017, January 13). Piekeren en slechte nachtrust vormen vicieuze cirkel [Interview]. NZG Nationale Zorggids..
    • van Laethem, M. (12-01-2017). In T. Toussain (Producer), Morning Edition. Hilversum, the Netherlands: NPO Radio 2.. Ekdom, G. (Narrator). (2017, January 12). Ekdom in de ochtend [Radio broadcast episode]..
    • van Laethem, M. (11-01-2017). Retrieved from http://www.ad.nl/gezond/bewezen-piekeren-door-werk-doet-slechter-slapen~ad669453/. Graafland, K. (2017, January 11). Bewezen: piekeren door werk doet slechter slapen [Interview]. Algemeen Dagblad..

    Talk / presentation

    • van Laethem, M. (speaker) (7-9-2018). From sleep to technology, how to survive your PhD studies and on what after, European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
    • van Laethem, M. (speaker) (6-9-2018). Continuous connectivity in everyday life: Exploring underlying mechanisms of the relationship between smartphone use and sleep, European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
    • Knapen, J. (speaker), van Laethem, M. (speaker) & Sijbom, R. B. L. (speaker) (14-12-2017). Authentic leaders benefit employee health by fostering inclusive organizations, ASPO conference 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • van Laethem, M. (speaker) (24-11-2017). Continuous connectivity in everyday life: exploring the relationship between smartphone use, perseverative cognition and sleep, WAOP conference.
    • van Laethem, M. (speaker), van Hooff, M. L. M. (speaker), Beckers, D. G. J. (speaker), Kecklund, G. (speaker) & Åkerstedt, T. (speaker) (24-11-2017). Duration and intensity of physical activity in relation to stress and well-being: Is worry an underlying mechanism?, WAOP conference.
    • van Laethem, M. (invited speaker) (13-11-2017). A hard day’s night: werkstress, piekeren en slaap., Conference Duurzame Inzetbaarheid., DenHaag, Netherlands.
    • van Laethem, M. (invited speaker) (6-10-2017). Recent research projects: Antecedents and consequences of work-related stress., at Stress Research Institute, Stockholm, Sweden..
    • van Laethem, M. (speaker) (3-8-2017). Let it go? Beperk piekergedachtes en optimaliseer je slaap., VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands..
    • van Laethem, M. (invited speaker) (12-6-2017). Switching off job stress? Antecedents and consequences of work-related stress and recovery., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, United States..
    • van Laethem, M. (speaker), Beckers, D. G. J. (speaker), Geurts, S. A. E. (speaker), Magnusson Hanson, L. L. (speaker), Garefelt, J. (speaker) & Leineweber, C. (speaker) (10-6-2017). Longitudinal relations between job demands, perseverative cognition and sleep quality., Work, Stress, & Health, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

    2017

    • van Laethem, M. (2017). Reciprocity between work stress and sleep: Perseverative cognition as underlying mechanism.
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