Roald Pijpker was born on 22 June 1991 in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands. He spent most of his childhood in Beilen, where he graduated from the Christelijke Scholengemeenschap Beilen in 2009. He then moved to Heerenveen to start with the MBO program ("post-secondary vocational education") Sport and Exercises at Friesland College, from which he graduated in 2012. He then moved to Nijmegen to take the Bachelor of Applied Sciences program, entitled Sports, Health and Management at Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, from which he graduated in 2015. In 2017, he graduated with a Master of Communication, Health, and Life Sciences at Wageningen University.
The master's program at Wageningen University sparked Roald's interest in doing research. He applied for a PhD position at the chair group Health and Society in 2018 and started his PhD journey in June of the same year. The PhD project focused on burnout prevention, recovery, and the value of outdoor therapy for employee burnout from a salutogenic perspective. Besides the PhD project, Roald invested a vast amount of time in (co)leading four other research projects, assisted in bachelor and master courses, supervised students in writing their thesis, wrote popular and professional articles, participated in national and international conferences, and visited the Center of Salutogenesis in Zurich for a research visit entailing 3.5 months. Roald currently lives in Wageningen and is exploring the next step in his career.
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