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L. (Luisa) Solms

PhD candidate
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Work and Organizational Psychology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: 2.04
Postal address
  • Postbus 15919
    1001 NK Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Luisa is a PhD student at the department of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She was also a visiting PhD student at the University of Melbourne, Department of Management and Marketing. She is a board member of the pHResh network for PhD students in the fields of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behavior and a member of the Researcher Mental Health Observatory (ReMO). Together with her sister Lara Solms, she co-hosts the podcast PhD Unplugged. In PhD Unplugged, PhD students talk to professional coaches about PhD-specific struggles and how to overcome them. The well-being and and career experiences of PhD students are also central themes in Luisa’s research. Questions that she is particularly interested in are:

    1. What factors determine PhD students’ well-being (and lack thereof)? 
    2. What is the role of personal resources (e.g., self-compassion) and individual strategies (e.g., boundary management) for PhD students’ well-being and functioning? 
    3. How can we use scientific evidence to develop support interventions for PhD students?

    Expertise and research fields 

    • Well-being in the context of academia and PhD education
    • Personal and job-related resources
    • Interruptions at work
    • Strategies and interventions to support well-being in the workplace

    Relevant links

  • Research

    Research methods

    • Survey
    • Experience Sampling Methods (ESM)
    • Interview

    Current research projects

    • Exploring academics’ career experiences in the Netherlands and Australia

    Current collaborations

    • University of Melbourne, Department of Management and Marketing, Prof. Tine Köhler
  • Teaching & PhD supervision
    • Teaching in the Master’s Course Interventions in Occupational Health Psychology
  • Publications


    • Solms, L. (2022). Developing PsyCap and Self-Compassion in PhD Students: The Effects of Two Training Interventions on Well-Being and Performance. Poster session presented at 15th EAOHP Conference “Supporting knowledge comparison to promote good practice in occupational health psychology”, Bordeaux, France.
    • Solms, L., van den Heuvel, M., & Homan, A. C. (2022). Predictors of PhD student well-being during COVID-19: a comparison between female and male PhD students.. Abstract from EAWOP small group meeting on “COVID-19 and the asymmetric impact on careers and work-life balance of women and ethnic minority individuals”
    • Solms, L., van den Heuvel, M., Nevicka, B., & Homan, A. C. (2022). Be a Hero, be Your Own Best Friend: The Effects of Developing Psychological Capital and Self-Compassion on PhD Students’ Well-Being and Performance. Abstract from WAOP conference 2022.
    • Solms, L., van den Heuvel, M., Nevicka, B., & Homan, A. C. (2022). Developing PsyCap and Self-Compassion in PhD Students: The Effects of Two Training Interventions on Well-Being. Abstract from 1st ReMO Conference, “Bridging Research and Practice in Fostering Healthy Academic Workplaces”, Budapest, Hungary.
    • Solms, L., van den Heuvel, M., Nevicka, B., & Homan, A. C. (2022). Mental Health in Academia: Do PhD Students Need to Be Heroes?. Poster session presented at Kurt Lewin Institute Conference 2022, Zeist, Netherlands.
    • Solms, L., van den Heuvel, M., Nevicka, B., & Homan, A. C. (2022). The Role of Internal and External Interruptions and Time and Boundary Management Strategies for Well-Being and Performance During Working-From-Home.. Abstract from 12th Biennial International Conference of the Dutch HRM Network “HRM For Resilient Societies: A Call For Actionable Knowledge”, Enschede, Netherlands.
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  • Ancillary activities
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