Clinical Environmental Psychology


Course Objective

This course provides an advanced overview of clinical environmental
psychology, a newly emerging and rapidly expanding field that focuses on
how people’s mental health and well-being is influenced by their
physical surroundings. Students will acquire knowledge of and insight
into theories in the field and they will learn of the main research
methods in this domain. Students will also learn how to apply insights
from clinical environmental psychology research to address clinical-
psychological problems and they will develop a research proposal to
study this relationship. During the course, students will further
practice their oral and written presentation skills to communicate
effectively with both the scientific community and practicing clinical

Course Content

The living environment continually shapes how people think, feel, and
act. Consequently, the quality of people’s environment (or lack thereof)
contributes to the onset of mental health problems such as depression,
anxiety, and mental fatigue. Moreover, there is a growing awareness
among mental health professionals that improving the quality of the
environment can play a key role in treating mental disorders and
improving mental health. For instance, so-called restorative
environments are increasingly being used as an important and integral
component of many psychotherapies, such as mental coaching during nature
walks. In this course, we will start by introducing the main theories
and recent empirical findings in the emerging field of clinical
environmental psychology. Next, we will relate these insights to both
the development and treatment of mental health problems. We will
conclude by exploring clinical applications of environmental psychology
research, covering topics such as healthcare design, restorative
environments, and nature-based therapeutic interventions.

Teaching Methods

lectures, workshops

Method of Assessment

assignment 1 (insight exercise; 25%); assignment 2 (vlog; 25%); written
exam (50%)


To be announced.

General Information

Course Code P_MCLENVPS
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. J. Maas
Examiner dr. J. Maas
Teaching Staff dr. J. Maas

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture