Preventing Failed Interventions in Behavioral Research [EL027]

Course highlights

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Start date


End date


Course days

Monday to Friday


Dr. Annemerle Beerthuizen

Course fee

€ 910






Students should have basic statistical knowledge and basic knowledge about study design.


  • Medical Psychology


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


The success and common risk factors of trials

This course elaborates on successful ingredients for different phases of an intervention study: design, data collection and implementation. The focus is on learning from encountered difficulties, mistakes and failures from previous research and researchers. Questions that will be addressed are for instance:

  • How do you choose the most suitable research design?
  • How do you ensure that the protocol is followed?
  • How do you implement your intervention?

The assessment of the course will exist of a short presentation (pitch) of a critical appraisal of an intervention study, preferably your own.


After this course, students:

  • Understand and can identify the risk factors of interventions in the four phases of behavioral research: design, data collection, data analysis and implementation;
  • Are able to apply their knowledge to identify risk factors to prevent failure of interventions in own or other behavioral research.

Participant profile

This elective is for researchers of (psychological) intervention studies. Basic statistical knowledge and basic knowledge about study design are prerequisites.



Reduction on fees

PLEASE NOTE: This does not apply to the fee of the research master programmes (120 EC points)

No fees are charged for  Erasmus MC PhD candidates, provided they have an account in Hora Finita, the Erasmus University PhD registration system. When submitting the application, you can state that someone else pays your tuition fee.

In case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.


25% reduction for all (international) PhD candidates without formal appointment at Erasmus MC

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD candidate.