Curriculum vitae dr. Lilian Jans-Beken

Research interest

Working as a truck driver, her husband suggested that dr. Lilian Jans-Beken should go to university, which she did at age 39. Dr. Lilian Jans-Beken became interested in positive psychology with a focus on gratitude and mental health. After meeting dr. Paul T.P. Wong, she became engaged in second wave positive psychology in general and existential gratitude specifically.


PhD Open University Netherlands, positive psychology 2018
MSc Open University Netherlands, lifespan psychology 2014
BSc Open University Netherlands, psychology 2013

Professional experience

Founder and independent researcher
The Thriving Human Science Center
2019 – present
Author, speaker, supervisor
2014 – present
Assistant Professor Lifespan Psychology
Open University Netherlands
2018 – 2019
Teacher Social Work
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
2017 – 2018
Psychologist in private practice (internship)
2013 – 2013

Honors and awards

Top 1% Peer Reviewer in the category Psychiatry and Psychology, part of the Global Peer Review Awards awarded by Publons 2019
Honourable mention Best Dissertation Award of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies 2019
Honourable mention in scholarship 10th Biennial International Meaning Conference in Vancouver, Canada, for paper Gratitude’s place in second wave positive psychology2018
Participant 7th Hendrik Muller Summer Seminar of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Theme was ‘academic freedom and scientific integrity’. 2015
Nominated for the Jan Brouwer Thesis Award 2015

Peer review journal articles

Jans-Beken, L. (Accepted). Mature Gratitude in Positive Psychiatry. In J.R. Peteet (Eds.), The Virtues in Psychiatric Practice (pp…). Oxford University Press.
Jans-Beken, L. (Accepted). A Perspective on Mature Gratitude as a Way of Coping with COVID-19. Frontiers in Psychology12. [Pre-print][Original article]
Jans-Beken, L. (2019). Gratitude’s place in second wave positive psychology, International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology.  9(1) [Pre-print][Original article]
Frinking, E., Jans-Beken, L., Janssens, M., Peeters, S., Lataster, J., Jacobs, N., Reijnders, J. (Accepted). Gratitude and loneliness in adults over 40 years: examining the role of psychological flexibility and engaged living, Aging and Mental Health.
Jans-Beken, L. (2019). The Relationship of Spiritual Coping with Resilience and Perceived Stress: Validation of the Dutch Spiritual Coping Questionnaire, Spiritual Psychology and Counseling, 4(2), 93-108.
Jans-Beken, L. , Jacobs, N. , Janssens, M. , Peeters, S., Reijnders, J., Lechner, L., Lataster, J. (2019). Gratitude and Health: An Updated Review, Journal of Positive Psychology.
Jans-Beken, L. (2019). The Dialectic Dynamics Between Trait Gratitude Subjective Well-Being and Psychopathology Across 30 Weeks, Counselling Psychology Quarterly , 32(3-4) .
Jans-Beken, L. & Wong, P.T.P. (2019). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Existential Gratitude Scale (EGS), Counselling Psychology Quarterly.
Jans-Beken, L., Jacobs, N., Janssens, M., Peeters, S., Reijnders, J., Lechner, L., & Lataster, J. (2018). Reciprocal Relationships between State Gratitude and High- and Low-Arousal Positive Affects in Daily Life: A Time-lagged Ecological Assessment Study, Journal of Positive Psychology , 14(4).
Jans-Beken, L. G. P. J., Lataster, J., Peels, D., Lechner, L., & Jacob, N. (2017). Gratitude, psychopathology and subjective well-being: results from a 7.5-month prospective general population study. Journal of Happiness Studies , 19(6).
te Velde, A. A., Bezema, T., van Kampen, A. H., Kraneveld, A. D., A’t Hart, B., van Middendorp, H., … & Pieters, R. H. (2016). Embracing complexity beyond systems medicine: a new approach to chronic immune disorders. Frontiers in Immunology7.
Jans-Beken, L., Lataster, J., Leontjevas, R., & Jacobs, N. (2015). Measuring gratitude: a comparative validation of the Dutch Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ6) and Short Gratitude, Resentment, and Appreciation Test (SGRAT). Psychologica Belgica55(1).


Jans-Beken, L. (2018). Appreciating Gratitude: New Perspectives on the Gratitude-Mental Health Connection (Doctoral dissertation). Open University, Heerlen, Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-6332-322-2


No grants were available up to now; all research is funded purely private.


Jans-Beken, L. (2019). Een zoektocht naar dankbaarheid. Oudorp: Jans-Beken Publishing. ISBN: 978-90-9032119-6

Conference presenations

11th Biennial International Meaning Conference, Toronto Canada2020
10th Biennial International Meaning Conference, Vancouver Canada2018
Annual Netherlands Congress of Public Health, Utrecht Netherlands2018
Annual Conference of International Society of Quality of Life Studies, Innsbruck Austria 2017
European Congress for Psychology, Amsterdam Netherlands2017
European Conference on Positive Psychology, Angers France2016
European Congress for Psychology, Milan Italy2015
European Conference on Positive Psychology, Amsterdam Netherlands2014

Peer review activities


Existential Gratitude Scale (EGS-EN) QuestionnaireValidationstudy
Gratitude Questionnaire 6 (GQ6-NL) QuestionnaireValidationstudy
Short Gratitude Resentment and Appreciation Test (SGRAT-NL) QuestionnaireValidationstudy
Spiritual Coping Questionnaire (SCQ-NL) QuestionnaireValidationstudy

Popular science articles

Jans-Beken, L. (2019). Ik lijd, daarom ben ik gelukkig. Tijdschrift voor Positieve Psychologie 2(4).
Jans-Beken, L. (2018). Dankbaarheid als bron van geluk en groei. Tijdschrift voor Positieve Psychologie, 3(3).
Jans-Beken, L.G.P.J. (2017). G is for Gratitude. The Psychologist, July. 
Jans-Beken, L., Lataster, J., Janssens, M., Peeters, S., Jacobs, N. (2017). Optimisme versterkt mentale gezondheid. De Psycholoog, 3.
Jans-Beken, L. (2016). Welcome to the Gratitude Collection (Editorial). Science Open.

Book reviews

Jans-Beken, L. (2018, June). Inspiratiebron voor dankbaarheid (Review of the book De kracht van dankbaarheid, by E. Bohlmeijer & M. Hulsbergen). De Psycholoog
Jans-Beken, L. (2017, Oktober). Werken aan geluk [Review of the book Geluk en Optimisme, by M. Peters & E. Smeets]. De Psycholoog

Interviews / contributions to popular science items

Article about gratitude with the cooperation of dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, Quest Psychologie Spring edition 2020
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, Katholiek Nieuwsblad, November, 2019
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, Oudorpertijden September 2019
Article about optimism with the cooperation of dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, Quest Psychologie Spring edition 2019
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken for the Happiness Bureau [HTMLPodcastVideo]
Article about gratitude module with the cooperation of dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, MindDistrict, March 2019
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken for the Expert’s Forum @Gratitude at Work, April 2019.
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, Modulair April, 2018
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, De Limburger April, 2018
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, De Psycholoog April, 2018
Interview with dr. Lilian Jans-Beken, Dennis en Sjoerd, L1-radio March 2018
Interview with drs. Lilian Jans-Beken, Elisabethbode September 2017
Interview with drs. Lilian Jans-Beken, ZOA August 2017
Double interview dr. Nele Jacobs and drs. Lilian Jans-Beken, Modulair June, 2014 

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