25 September 2020

The first grants have been awarded. We would like to introduce this research project to you:

Trajectories of emotional, cognitive, and physical load at work: longitudinal assessment of subsequent cardiovascular risk

We interviewed Yannick Griep about this project.


  • Yannick Griep, Radboud University, Behavioural Science Institute
  • Erik Bijleveld, Radboud University, Behavioural Science Institute
  • Thijs Eijsvogels, Radboudumc, Physiology
  • Roland Van Kimmenade, Radboudumc, Cardiology
  • Ivana Vranjes, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland

How did you find your new collaborators?
Erik Bijleveld and myself had a few conversations about the Healthy Brain Project and how we could combine our research interests in tackling an interesting and practically significant project. Through his interactions with the Radboud UMC, we met with Thijs, who in turn introduced us to Roland. We also involved Ivana, who is working on similar topics as Yannick, but has experience with developing tools and workshops with the objective of reaching the wider community.

How did you communicate while generating this research ideas?
Most of our communication occurred via email (especially with Ivana who, at the time was is working for a Finnish university. Erik, Thijs, and I were able to meet face to face a few times to discuss our application. Nonetheless, probably 90% of our communication took place over email.

What was easy in setting-up this new collaboration?
It was easy to find a team of highly motivated people with an interest in our research to collaborate and work on this project.

What was difficult in setting-up this new collaboration?
Coming from different backgrounds means we often speak a different language when it comes to defining concepts or when identifying research gaps (what maybe a gap in psychology has long been solved in medicine). We may have different approaches to the same topic (for example, first conducting a meta-analysis and then running the study or with regards to how the practical output should look like), which at times can be challenging.

What is your advice to researchers on campus to set-up new collaborations across faculties?
Despite the challenges associated with it, I can only recommend to get as much experience as possible with doing inter-disciplinary research because it is highly rewarding and a great personal development tool which challenges to continue to develop new topical and methodological expertise.