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My name is Evelyne Meens, PhD


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Policy advisor

about me

Evelyne Meens

Researcher – Policy advisor – Public speaker

My name is Evelyne Meens and I work as a researcher and policy advisor at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. In my work I focus on students’ individual differences regarding identity, motivation, study career choices, and academic success including students’ wellbeing. My ultimate goal is that students feel safe and cared for within their university environment and free to explore different directions, allowing them to discover what their added value in society can be and what they eventually want out of life.



A list of all scientific and professional publications.


Meens, E.E.M. (2019). Motivatie en keuzes: een kwestie van verwachtingen. Loopbaanvisie, 2, 68-72.


Meens, E.E.M. (2018). De motivatie van aankomende studenten. Waarom de een de juiste studie kiest en de ander niet. TH&MA, 4, 17-20.


van Gorp, S., Houtkamp, R., & Meens, E. (2014). KompASS voor studiesucces.: Wegwijzer voor begeleiders en docenten van studenten met autisme (Vol. 13). Maklu.


Meens, E.E.M. (2019). Motivatie en welbevinden van jongvolwassenen tijdens hun studieloopbaan in het hbo. Tijdschrift Positieve Psychologie, 1, 20-26


Meens, E.E.M. (2018). Motivation: Individual differences in students’ educational choices and study success. (Doctoral dissertation). Tilburg University.


Meens, E.E.M., Bakx, A.W.E.A., Klimstra, T.A., & Denissen J.J.A. (2018). The association of motivation and identity with students´ achievement in higher education. Learning and Individual Differences, 64, 54-70.


let's make things easier

The Start thermometer is an evidence-based reflection tool that enables the student to reflect on his/her first weeks after (s)he started a study programme in a new university environment. Counsellors can use this tool to give those students (extra) attention who need it the most. Read more…

The Interest and Skill Inventory on Educational Choices (‘Studiekeuzetest’) is a short, validated and public available interest measure for pupils in secondary education orienting on study programs in higher education. By completing this inventory, pupils get feedback on what their main interest types are. Counselors in secondary education can use this instrument for their pupils as a starting point in their counselling, but it can also be used in higher education as a base to match prospective students to bachelor’s programs. Read more…


almost always up to date


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on these dates and events I will present my work
26 February 2019Visit OC&WPresentation on dissertation and applied instruments
The Hague, the Netherlands
11 April 2019Seminar Studiesucces EdumundoMotivatie, studie(keuze)succes en oplossingsricgtingenUtrecht, the Netherlands
16 May 2019Hét onderwijscongres van MarkteffectDe juiste studiekeuze maak je pas tijdens je studieEindhoven, the Netherlands
21-24 May 2019Seventh International Self-Determination Theory ConferenceThe association between students' needs, satifsfaction and motivation
Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands
17-19 June 2019European First Year Experience Conference 2019Motivation, Integration, Satisfaction after 12 weeks: What matters the most for retention?
Cork, Ireland
17-19 June 2019European First Year Experience Conference 2019How are you doing? Check it with the Start thermometer!Cork, Ireland
26-28 June 2019Onderwijs Research Dagen 2019Het verband tussen de drie psychologische basisbehoeften en motivatie bij eerstejaars hbo-studentenHeerlen, the Netherlands
26-28 June 2019Onderwijs Research Dagen 2019De invloed van identiteit en motivatie op studiesucces in het hoger onderwijsHeerlen, the Netherlands
19 September 2019Landelijk decanensymposiumPassende studiekeuzes...een verhaal met twee kantenAmsterdam, the Netherlands


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