Thomas Gültzow

Thomas Gültzow

Assistant Professor Societal Transition & Behaviour Change

Open University 🇳🇱

About me

I am a passionate researcher in the field of behaviour and decision making, specialising in informed decision making, behaviour change, and the influence of digital communication and interventions. My focus spans a variety of topics, ranging from sexual and reproductive health to the disclosure of mental health issues and climate change. In essence, anything related to behaviour and decision making, as well as its support, captures my interest. Additionally, I am a strong advocate for social justice, aiming to ensure that everyone is visible in research. I actively work to integrate these principles into our research to promote an inclusive approach. In addition, I am an experienced teacher. From being a tutor to coordinating courses, I’ve helped students develop skills that go beyond the classroom.

Before I started working as a researcher, I worked as a paediatric nurse in Germany.

I am also currently the chair of the Digital Health & Computer-Tailoring Special Interest Group (SIG)👨‍💻 and co-chair and founder of the European network for postdoctoral early career & Mid-career researchers in health PsychOlogy focusing on Well-being & Empowerment of Researchers (EMPOWER))💪 of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and editor-in-chief of the European Health Psychologist 📰

  • Informed Decision Making
  • Behaviour Change
  • Decision aids
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Communication
  • Digital Health
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Inclusive research (methods)
  • PhD in Health Promotion, 2022

    Maastricht University

  • Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion, 2017

    Maastricht University

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2014

    Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia


Currently I am co-examiner of courses focused on qualitative research and health psychology, review reports within other method-focused courses and develop a course focused on behaviour and climate change. I also have (among other things) teaching experience in:

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of (behaviour change) interventions
  • Health promotion
  • Behaviour (change) theories
  • Self-regulation
  • Research methods
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Thesis supervision

In 2021, I obtained my Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO) / Dutch University Teaching Qualification (UTQ).

Recent Publications

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(2024). DOI-ing It Right: A new issue & DOIs. European Health Psychologist.


(2024). Towards meaningful interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral digital health collaborations: Challenges and action-oriented solutions. OSF Preprints.


(2024). To new beginnings. The European Health Psychologist.