PSYNC is a hub for communication and contact, does socially innovative research, develops relationships and collaborates with important stakeholders, and offers education and training.

More than a hundred researchers across five faculties are involved in PSYNC.

It is therefore impossible to list all ongoing research. However, underneath we mention some of our “flagships”. Flagships refer to larger research projects that explicitly aim for societal impact and have produced specific tools and useful outputs for stakeholders.

Initiatives for improved mental health during the corona pandemic

PSYNC is part of the expert group corona and psychology. Together with the members of this expert group we developed guidelines and advice to strengthen the mental health of citizens during the covid-19 epidemic. Read more

We also gathered evidence-based initiatives to improve the mental health of all citizens in times of crisis and offer important resources to develop an online educational program.

Academic Workplace Autism

The Academic Workplace Autism wants to bridge the gap between practice and science. Together with people with autism, their families, professionals and policymakers, researchers will set up intervention oriented research to improve participation from children, young people and adults in our society. In this workplace, we want to learn more about what works for whom and why. The participating universities want to collaborate with various organizations that welcome persons with autism and their significant others.


The carefully chosen acronym ACCOMPLISSH stands for: Accelerate co-creation by setting up a multi-actor platform for impact from Social Sciences and Humanities.  ACCOMPLISSH is a European project with a focus on co-creation (i.e. collaborations in which various actors actively join forces to tackle a shared challenge) as a lever for societal impact. 

  • Download the ACCOMPLISSH Guide to co-creation: in English or in Dutch.
  • Download the ACCOMPLISSH Guide to impact planning: in English.


Neuropathic pain arises as a consequence of a disease or lesion in the somatosensory nervous system and results in significant morbidity, reduces quality of life and has a major deleterious impact on health in aging. DOLORisk is a European project that tries to understand risk factors and determinants of neuropathic pain.


FITTIF is a Flemish study on families in transition. It focuses on improving the lives of families after or going through divorce. Amongst others, it developed a smartphone application for divorced parents and their children.


Mental health problems in adults are of great concern as they are highly prevalent and impact significantly on health, social welfare and economy. Psychological treatment – whether or not in combination with medication – is effective but has not been able to nullify the apparent mismatch of mental healthcare. There is under- and suboptimal treatment of some adults and overtreatment of others. MentALLY is a European project that will gather the necessary qualitative data to improve European mental healthcare.


The REWARD-project aims to investigate how children and youngsters can learn to eat a healthy diet. Focus is on the reward value of food and on the reward sensitivity of children and adolescents. REWARD is a Flemish study.

The Single Case Archive (SCA)

This archive compiles clinical and empirical single case studies in the field of psychotherapy. The objective of this online archive is to facilitate the study of case studies for research, clinical and teaching purposes. With an easy to use search engine, the archive allows the quick identification of relatively homogenous sets of cases in function of specific clinical or research questions.