Dr. Anne van Dongen

Dr. Anne van Dongen

Dr. Anne van Dongen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ph.D. (Psychology), 2013, University of Maastricht, Netherlands

Postdoc, 2013 - 2015, Sanquin Research, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Contact details

Phone: 02 9385 8249
Email: Dr. Anne van Dongen

Office: Matthews Building 1305

Research Summary

I'm working on a 3-year postdoctoral research project at Lisa Williams' lab, investigating the emotional underpinnings of blood donation motivation. This project is co-funded by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and the Australian Research Council.

I obtained my PhD in Health Psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. My main research topic is the psychology of blood donation, with a focus on maintenance of behaviour. I am interested in studying the affective determinants of health and/or pro-social behaviour, and using emotion regulation techniques to change behaviour.


Klinkenberg, E.F., Huis in ’t Veld, E.M.J., de Wit, P.D., Van Dongen, A., Daamse, J.G., de Kort, W.L.A.M., Fransen, M.P. Blood donation barriers and facilitators of Sub-Saharan African migrants and minorities in Western high-income countries; A systematic review of the literature. Transfusion Medicine. 2018; accepted for publication.

Romeijn, B., Merz, E. M., Kok, G., de Kort, W., and Van Dongen, A. (2017). Eligibility and willingness to donate blood in men who have (had) sex with men. Transfusion,58(3), 710-717.

Williams, L. A., Masser, B., Van Dongen, A., Thijsen, A. and Davison, T. (2017), The emotional psychology of blood donors: a time-course approach. ISBT Science Series, 13(1), 93-100.

Hoogerwerf, M. D., Van Dongen, A., Middelburg, R. A., Merz, E.-M., de Kort, W. L. A. M., Frings-Dresen, M. H. W., Sluiter, J. K. and Veldhuizen, I. J. T. (2016), Negative experiences and pre-donation blood pressure: the role of attitude and anxiety. Transfusion Med, 27 (2), 105-113.

Romeijn, B., Van Dongen, A. and Kok, G. (2016), Reasons for noncompliance in donor risk reporting regarding male-to-male sex. Transfusion, 56, 1899–1906.

Hagger, M. S., Luszczynska, A., de Wit, J., Benyamini, Y., Burkert, S., Chamberland, P.-E., Chater, A. M., Dombrowski, S., Van Dongen, A., French, D. P., Gauchet, A., Hankonen, N., Karekla, M., Kinney, A. Y., Kwasnicka, D., Lo, S. H., López-Roíg, S., Meslot, C., Marques, M. M., Neter, E., M., Plass A., Potthoff, S., Rennie, L., Scholz, U., Stadler, G., Stolte, E., A., ten Hoor G., Verhoeven, A. A. C., Wagner, M., Oettingen, G., Sheeran, P. and Gollwitzer, P. M. (2016). Implementation intention and planning interventions in health psychology: Recommendations from the Synergy expert group for research and practice. Psychology & Health, 31(7): 1-26.

Van Dongen, A., Huis in 't Veld, E. M. J., Merz, E. M., Romeijn, B., Piersma, T. W., Klinkenberg, E. F., & De Kort, W. L. A. M. (2016). Psychosocial factors of recruitment and retention in donation of SoHO. In International Curriculum Donor Health Care (DoHeCa). In Donor Health Care Amsterdam: AMC/Sanquin.

Van Dongen, A. Mews, M. De Kort, W. & Wagenmans, E. (2015). Missing Minorities – A survey based description of the current state in minority blood donor recruitment across 23 countries. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 12(4): 138-145.

Van Dongen, A. (2015), Easy come, easy go. Retention of blood donors. Transfusion Medicine, 25, 227–233.

Van Dongen, A. Anxiety and fear: Psychological aspects of blood donation. Blood Transfusion, 2014 (12), s442-s443.

Van Dongen, A., Ruiter, R., Abraham, C. & Veldhuizen, I. (2014). Predicting blood donation maintenance: the importance of planning future donations. Transfusion, 54, 821–827.

Veldhuizen, I. & Van Dongen, A. (2013). Motivational differences between whole blood and plasma donors already exist before their first donation experience. Transfusion, 53, 1678–1686.

Van Dongen, A., Abraham, C., Ruiter, R. & Veldhuizen, I. (2013). The influence of adverse reactions, subjective distress, and anxiety on retention of first-time blood donors. Transfusion, 53, 337-343.

Veldhuizen, I., Atsma, F., Van Dongen, A. & de Kort, W. (2012). Adverse reactions, psychological factors, and their effect on donor retention in men and women. Transfusion, 52(9), 1871-1879.

Van Dongen, A., Abraham, C., Ruiter, R. & Veldhuizen, I. (2012). Does questionnaire distribution promote blood donation? An investigation of question-behavior effects. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 163-172.

Van Dongen, A., Abraham, C., Ruiter, R., Schaalma, H., De Kort, W., Dijkstra, A. & Veldhuizen, I. (2012). Are lapsed donors willing to resume blood donation, and what determines their motivation to do so? Transfusion, 52, 1296 - 1302.

De Kort, W., Wagenmans, E., Van Dongen, A., Slotboom, Y., Hofstede, G. & Veldhuizen, I. (2010). Blood product collection and supply: a matter of money? Vox Sanguinis, 98, 201-208.