Jolanda Maas


Phone: +31 (0) 6 24 21 25 40
Room: 1B-01


Selection of recent large research projects:

2015-2019 “Green Healthy Hospitals: in collaboration with Prof. dr. Agnes van den Berg (RUG, Funded by Topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen.

2013-2017 “How Children can benefit from learning and playing at green playgrounds”, in collaboration with Dr. Dieuwke Hovinga (University of Applied Sciences Leiden) en Prof. Dr. Agnes van den Berg (RUG, PhD student: Janke Wesselius. Funded by SIA.

2012-2015 "Positive health effects of natural outdoor environment in typical populations in different regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE: . PhD student: Magdalena van den Berg. Funded by European Commission, 7th Framework.


Jolanda Maas is a behavioural scientist who specializes in research on health benefits of nature. Her scientific articles on this topic belong to the most cited articles from this quickly growing field of research, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Maas is an experienced speaker and regularly presents her work to various national and international audiences. She currently supervises two PhD students, several bachelor and master students and is a lecturer in the master course Applied Social Psychology. Dr. Maas is also a member of several scientific committees and advisory boards. She holds a Master's degree in Sociology and a PhD (2008) in Social Sciences from Utrecht University.

Research interests

  • health benefits of nature
  • children and nature
  • evidence-based design of healing environments
  • healthy cities
  • physical activity friendly neighbourhoods
  • restorative environments


For a complete list and fulltext access of my publications, see VU Metis.

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Green space and health

Green schoolyards


Recent publications

C Gidlow, E van Kempen, G Smith, M Triguero, H Kruize & ... (2017) Development of the Natural Environment Scoring Tool (NEST). Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
MM van den Berg, M van Poppel, I van Kamp, A Ruijsbroek & ... (2017) Do Physical Activity, Social Cohesion, and Loneliness Mediate the Association Between Time Spent Visiting Green Space and Mental Health?. Environment and Behavior, 0013916517738563
M Triguero-Mas, D Donaire-Gonzalez, E Seto, A Valentín, D Martínez & ... (2017) Natural outdoor environments and mental health: Stress as a possible mechanism. Environmental research 159, 629-638
M Triguero-Mas, D Donaire-Gonzalez, E Seto, A Valentín, G Smith & ... (2017) Living Close to Natural Outdoor Environments in Four European Cities: Adults’ Contact with the Environments and Physical Activity. International journal of environmental research and public health 14 (10), 1162
AE van den Berg, JE Wesselius, J Maas & K Tanja-Dijkstra (2017) Green walls for a restorative classroom environment: a controlled evaluation study. Environment and Behavior 49 (7), 791-813
M van den Berg, M van Poppel, G Smith, M Triguero-Mas, S Andrusaityte & ... (2017) Does time spent on visits to green space mediate the associations between the level of residential greenness and mental health?. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 25, 94-102
A Ruijsbroek, M Droomers, H Kruize, E van Kempen, CJ Gidlow, G Hurst & ... (2017) Does the Health Impact of Exposure to Neighbourhood Green Space Differ between Population Groups? An Explorative Study in Four European Cities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14 (6), 618
WL Zijlema, M Triguero-Mas, G Smith, M Cirach, D Martinez, P Dadvand & ... (2017) The relationship between natural outdoor environments and cognitive functioning and its mediators. Environmental research 155, 268-275
A Ruijsbroek, SM Mohnen, M Droomers, H Kruize, C Gidlow & ... (2017) Neighbourhood green space, social environment and mental health: an examination in four European cities. International journal of public health, 1-11
CE Scheepers, GCW Wendel-Vos, E van Kempen, EL de Hollander & ... (2016) Perceived accessibility is an important factor in transport choice—results from the AVENUE project. Journal of Transport & Health 3 (1), 96-106
M Van den Berg, M van Poppel, I van Kamp, S Andrusaityte & ... (2016) Visiting green space is associated with mental health and vitality: A cross-sectional study in four European cities. Health & place 38, 8-15
D Hovinga, J Wesselius & J Maas (2016) De ‘leer’kracht van schoolpleinen: Hoe leerlingen uit groep 4, 5 en 6 het schoolplein. Hogeschool Leiden-Lectoraat Natuur & Ontwikkeling Kind
M van den Berg, W Wendel-Vos, M van Poppel, H Kemper & ... (2015) Health benefits of green spaces in the living environment: A systematic review of epidemiological studies. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14 (4), 806-816
MMHE van den Berg, J Maas, R Muller, A Braun, W Kaandorp, R van Lien & ... (2015) Autonomic nervous system responses to viewing green and built settings: differentiating between sympathetic and parasympathetic activity. International journal of environmental research and public health 12 (12 …
J Maas, D Teeling, IVN José de Jonge, A van den Berg & ... (2015) Groene gezonde ziekenhuizen.
D Kramer, K Stronks, J Maas, M Wingen & AE Kunst (2015) Social neighborhood environment and sports participation among Dutch adults: does sports location matter?. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports 25 (2), 273-279
R Rutten, G Postma, J Maas & H Mieras (2015) Beter door groen: een trendverkenning naar een duurzame samenhang tussen groen en gezond. JSO, Gouda
J Wesselius, J Maas & D Hovinga (2015) De ‘leer’kracht van schoolpleinen. HSL Leiden
TE Mäki-Opas, J de Munter, J Maas, F Den Hertog & AE Kunst (2014) The association between physical environment and cycling to school among Turkish and Moroccan adolescents in Amsterdam. International journal of public health 59 (4), 629-636
MJ Nieuwenhuijsen, H Kruize, C Gidlow, S Andrusaityte, JM Antó & ... (2014) Positive health effects of the natural outdoor environment in typical populations in different regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE): a study programme protocol. BMJ open 4 (4), e004951

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