Prof. dr. Renate de Groot - Open Universiteit

Full professor


Prof. dr. Renate de Groot


Faculteit Psychologie en onderwijswetenschappen (Welten-instituut)



Expertise, onderzoek en publicaties


Renate de Groot is appointed as full professor 'Biopsychology of Learning' at the Welten Institute, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of the Netherlands. 

Renate?s scientific interest is centred on the biopsychological determinants (physical activity, nutrition, and sleep) of learning and cognition in lifelong perspective. Both observational studies as well as intervention studies are part of her core business. Since her own thesis defence in 2003 Renate supervised 15 PhD-students from which seven already successfully defended their theses. Renate?s scientific input has up till now resulted in about seventy publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. 

Renate is program leader of the research group Brain, Lifestyle, and Learning.

In that capacity she has the daily leadership, she chairs the monthly programme group, she supervises PhD-students, and she is in charge of the project coordination.

She is the contact person for a diverse range of collaborators both social as industry oriented. She is responsible for raising funds within the field of Brain and Learning and Biopsychological determinants for learning. This resulted in a substantial amount of financial support for her field of research. 

In addition, Renate is board member of ISSFAL (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids), one of the most important scientific communities in her field. Renate also played an important role in the foundation of the ethical committee of the Open University and is now a well-respected board member of this committee. Renate is applied as research coordinator of the Welten Institute.



Ervaring en opleiding


•1993 Gymnasium, Elshof College, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

•1998 Doctorandus/master in Health Sciences Maastricht University; majors in Biological Health Sciences).

•2003 PhD; Thesis “Essential fatty acids, pregnancy, and cognition” (Prof. Dr. Hornstra G. and Prof. Dr. Jolles J, promotores).



Besides appointment as Associate Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands I have a honory position as Associate Professor at Maastricht University.