Fred Zijlstra (MSc, 1983, University of Groningen) was awarded his PhD degree in 1993 at Delft University of Technology.
Fred Zijlstra’s current position is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Maastricht University, The Netherlands;
Scientific Director of the Center for Inclusive Organizations at Maastricht University since 2016, funded by UWV (1,6 mln).
He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, UK.
Head of Department Work & Social Psychology from 2006 – 2011, and from 2017 – present
Vice-dean Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience from 2011 – 2016
From 1999 – 2005 he was the Editor-in-chief of the European Journal of work and Organizational Psychology and currently serves on various editorial boards.
General Manager and Principal Investigator for the 5th Framework project ‘Stress Impact” (2002 – 2006) (1,9 mln).
Fred Zijlstra is a Chartered Member of the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP), and British Psychological Society (BPS) and is an active member of various (inter)national professional networks and societies, such as EAWOP, ENOP, IAAP, and is currently Past-President of the Dutch National Professional Association of Work & Organizational Psychologists (NIP- A&O).
He worked as a consultant for various organizations.
From 2000 – 2006: Professor of Occupational and Organizational Psychology at University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
1990-2000: Tilburg University, Assistant/Associate professor
1986-2000: Delft University of Technology; Assistant professor
1984-1986: Groningen University/ NWO
1983-1984: Consultancy; CAP/Groningen/Leeuwarden
His research interests focus on the cognitive aspects of work behaviour. He has published on a wide array of topics such as interruptions during work; work and health, recovery after work, organizational climate and effects of technology on work.
In the period 2002 – 2005 he was as General Project Manager responsible for an international research consortium (‘Stress Impact’) – funded by the EU 5th Framework – exploring factors that hinder or facilitate return to work of people who have been long-term absent from work for health reasons in order to develop policy relevant measures.