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Dr. Emma K. Massey is Associate Professor and psychologist. She works at the Erasmus MC Transplant Institute and the department of Psychiatry at the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She studied in the UK, the Netherlands and Japan before obtaining her PhD from Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her thesis in the area of medical psychology explored self-regulation, coping and well-being among adolescents with headache. After completion of her PhD she joined the transplant unit at Erasmus MC as a postdoctoral researcher. She currently  leads the research line on psychosocial aspects of kidney transplantation and living donation at the Transplant Institute. Her research interests include psychological well-being of patients and donors, self-management, medication adherence and lifestyle, unspecified (anonymous) living donation, patient and donor education and the patient perspective on novel technologies in transplantation. In this capacity she supervises PhD and MSc students and advises Nurse Practitioners in their research and teaches undergraduates on these topics. She has published over 60 articles and has been Principle Investigator on numerous national and international projects. She is currently Workpackage leader investigating the Ethical, Legal and Social aspects (ELSA) of a Horizon 2020 project, ‘New Generation Cell Therapy: Bioartificial Pancreas to Cure Type 1 Diabetes’. Alongside her research she conducts the psychological screening of living (anonymous) donors. She is a long-standing member of the ‘ELPAT’ platform  on the Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Transplantation, a subsection of European Society of Organ Transplantation. From 2016-2020 she was chair of ELPAT and board member of ESOT. In Nov 2021 she began her clinical training to become a health-care psychologist (GZ-psycholoog). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Leiden University

Award Date: 21 Apr 2009

Master, Leiden University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2004

University of Birmingham

Award Date: 31 Jul 2002


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • BF Psychology
  • BJ Ethics


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