Robbert Sanderman (born 1954) was trained as a clinical psychologist (Graduated 1983, University of Groningen) and got his PhD in 1988. As of 1988 he has been assistant and associate professor at the Social and Medical Faculty of the University of Groningen. In 1999 he became a full professor and head of the Health Psychology group at the Faculty of Medicine until his retirement in 2020. He has been Scientific Director of the Research Institute of Health Research (SHARE) and member of the Board of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences both at the UMCG. His research is focused on psychological and social adaptive processes in patients diagnosed with a chronic somatic disease (e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart failure, and COPD) and supervised (finished and running) 70 PhD projects in this area of research. Since 2013 and until his retirement in 2020, he has also been a full Professor of Health Psychology & Head of the Health Psychology Department at the University of Twente. Among others, he was vice-chair of the board of the psychosocial scientific committee of the Dutch Cancer Society; Past President of the Dutch Behavioral Medicine Federation; Chair of the Board of the Research Institute of Psychology and Health and President of the European Health Psychology Society.
Currently he is Chair of the Dutch Society for PsychoOncology (NVPO).