MSc. Dekkers, T.

Tessa Dekkers is PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Tessa Dekkers is a PhD candidate working in the IDStudioLab and the Tailored Healthcare Lab at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. She holds a research master's degree in Social and Health Psychology (Utrecht University, 2015). 

As a PhD candidate in the Tailored Healthcare Lab she's exploring how the patient experience in lower limb joint replacement can be enhanced through personalization of care pathways. Ultimately, she aims to provide the patient with a design-based, personal approach to their joint replacement surgery in order to experience this as seamless and unobtrusive as possible. As an avid fan of personalized media she also writes movie reviews that are tailored to the movie watchers' preferences in her spare time.

Fascinated by the way that people deal with health and illness, she previously worked on the topics of nudging, self-control, and healthy habits. Her master thesis focused on automatic conflict identification in unhealthy food dilemmas and how framing techniques can facilitate healthy choices for individuals low in trait self-control. During her master studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Self Regulation Lab. It is here that she developed an interest in the cross-section between psychology, design and policy through research that explored the impact of emerging technologies and innovations in food (Insecta's Insectburger), public health (nudging in de public environment), and research methodologies (real-time eye and mouse tracking). Other interdisciplinary projects include Tangible Past (Beeld en Geluid) and her minors in communication sciences and migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism. 

Meaningful integration of such interdisciplinary research and mixed methodology remains one of her main research interests. To this extent, she is currently affiliated with YOUNG Medical Delta who aim to connect students, young researchers and young professionals in health, technology and life sciences. 



  • 2015 – Present
    PhD, Industrial Design, Tailored Healthcare through Customer Profiling, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2015
    Minor, Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism (as part of Research Master), Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 2013 – 2015
    Research Master, Social and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 
  • 2012
    Minor, Communication Sciences (as part of Bachelor), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2010 – 2012
    Interdisciplinary Honours Degree, 'Een tastbaar verleden, een digitale toekomst', Interdisciplinary Honours Academy Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2009 – 2012
    Bachelor, Psychology, specialisation Behavioural Psychology,  Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands 


  • 2015 – Present
    PhD candidate, Industrial Design, Tailored Healthcare through Customer Profiling, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2014 – 2015
    Research Assistant Self Regulation Lab, Utrecht University, Utrecht 


Specialisation/Field of research

  • Psychology
  • Design for Healthcare
  • Patient Experience Design
  • Communication
  • Mixed Methodology


Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Course coordinator of ID5732 Health Psychology: Tools & Methods
  • Mentoring Graduation Projects

Involved in research projects