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Herman Schaalma

Herman Schaalma

  • SPN Mentor

[Note: Professor Herman Schaalma died suddenly of a heart attack on 25 July 2009 while bicycling. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Schaalma's work.]

I am a social psychologist and health scientist working in the field of planned development, implementation and evaluation of theory- and evidence-based health promotion programs, with a focus on HIV/Aids. My research focuses on applying (social) psychology in understanding and changing behavior. My current research interests include: risk perception and communication; stigma; adherence; culture, psychology and health education; and web-based health education.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Health Psychology
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Bertens, MGBC, Eiling, EM, van den Borne, B & Schaalma, HP (2009). Uma Tori! Evaluation of an STI/HIV-prevention intervention for Afro-Caribbean women in the Netherlands. Patient Education and Counseling, 75, 77-83
  • Bertens, M., Krumeich, A., van den Borne, B., & Schaalma, H. (2008). Being a woman and feeling like a woman: Respectability, responsibility, desirability and the margins for negotiating safe sex among women of Afro-Surinamese and Dutch Antillean descent in the Netherlands. TCHS Culture, Health & Sexuality, 10, 547-561.
  • Bertens, M., Schaalma, H., Wolfers, M., & van der Borne, B. (2008). Determinants of sexual negotiation and communication between partners. A study among Dutch Caribbean women. Aids Care, 20, 1211-1216.
  • Bos, A., Schaalma, H., & Pryor, J. (2008). Reducing AIDS-related stigma in developing countries: The importance of theory- and evidence-based interventions. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 13, 450-460.
  • Kaaya S., Flisher, A., Mbwambo, J., Schaalma, H., Aaro, L., & Klepp, K-I (2002). Sexual behavior in school populations of Sub-Saharan Africa: A review of studies conducted between 1987-1999. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 30, 148-160.
  • Kocken, P.L., Van Dorst, A., & Schaalma, H. (2006).The contribution of cultural factors at determinants of condom use intention in immigrants from the Netherlands Antilles. Health Education Research, 21, 230-238.
  • Lemmens, K. P. H., Abraham, C., Ruiter, R. A. C., Veldhuizen, I. J. T., Bos, A. E. R., & Schaalma, H. P. (2008). Identifying blood donors willing to help with recruitment. Vox Sanguinis, 95, 211-217.
  • Lemmens, KPH, Abraham, C, Ruiter, RAC, Veldhuizen, IJT, Dehing, CJG, Bos, AER & Schaalma, HP (2009). Modelling antecedents of blood donation motivation among non-donors of varying age and education. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 71-90.
  • Leurs, M. T. W., Schaalma, H. P., Jansen, M. W. J., Mur-Veeman, I. M., van Breukelen, G., & de Vries, N. K. (2007). Comprehensive quality assessment of healthy school interventions. Preventive Medicine, 45, 366-372.
  • Mathews, C, Aaro, LE, Flisher, AJ, Mukoma, W, Wubs, AG & Schaalma, H (2009). Predictors of early first sexual intercourse among adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa. Health Education Research, 24, 1-10.
  • Mathews, C., Boon, H., Flisher, A., & Schaalma, H. (2006). Factors associated with teacher's implementation of HIV/AIDS education in secondary schools in Cape Town. Aids Care, 18, 388-397.
  • Mevissen, F. E., Meertens, R. M., Ruiter, R. A., Feenstra, H., & Schaalma, H. P. (2009). HIV/STI Risk communication: The effects of scenario-based risk information and frequency-based risk information on perceived susceptibility to chlamydia and HIV. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 78-97.
  • Peters, L, den Boer, D.J., Kok, G. & Schaalma, H.P. (1994). Public reactions toward people with AIDS: an attributional analysis. Patient Education & Counseling, 24, 323-335.
  • Schaalma, H, Aarø, LE, Flisher, AJ, Mathews, C, Kaaya, S, Onya, H, Ragnarson, A & Klepp, KI (2009). Correlates of intention to use condoms among Sub-Saharan African youth: The applicability of the theory of planned behaviour. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 37, 87-91.
  • Vermeer, W, Bos, AER, Mbwambo, J, Kaaya, S & Schaalma, HP (2009). Social and cognitive variables predicting voluntary HIV counseling and testing among Tanzanian medical students. Patient Education and Counseling. 75, 135-140

Courses Taught:

  • Decision Making
  • Intervention Mapping
  • Planning Behavior Change Programs

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