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Llewellyn (Lew) van Zyl is an Assistant Professor in work and organisational psychology with the Department of Human Performance Management at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His specific areas of expertise include Applied Positive Psychology and Positive Psychological Intervention design. Llewellyn has a passion for Online Positive Psychological Interventions aimed at talent development. Specifically, strengths-based people development, strengths-based coaching psychology, happiness at work, e-Health interventions and social media.

Academic background

Llewellyn van Zyl holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology, an M.Com in Industrial Psychology (with honors), a B.com (Hons) in Industrial Psychology (with honors), and a B.com in Behavioural Sciences (with honors), all obtained at North-West University, South Africa. He holds an extraordinary professorship in Industrial Psychology with the North-West University,  where he leads the Optimizing Performance Sub-Programme of the Optentia Research Focus Area. Lew also acts as the past president for the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa.

Llewellyn is a published author of various scientific articles and specialist books. He is Associate Editor of the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology and on the editorial board of various high impact journals. Llewellyn has extensive experience within the tertiary educational environment (as a lecturer and researcher), as well as within the private and public sectors (as a consultant). As of 1 January 2017, Llewellyn holds the ranking as a C2 rated researcher with the National Research Foundation within South Africa.

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Affiliated with

  1. Human Performance Management, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  2. Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, South Africa
  3. Department of Human Resource Management, University of Twente, Netherlands
  4. Department of Social Psychology, Goethe University, Germany

Education/Academic qualification

Educational Sciences, Certificate/Diploma of Higher Education , Eindhoven University of Technology

Feb 2018Dec 2019

Award Date: 1 Dec 2019

Social and Organizational Psychology, Doctor, North West University

Award Date: 12 Oct 2012

Social and Organizational Psychology, Master, North West University

2 Nov 200831 Dec 2009

Award Date: 31 Dec 2009

Social and Organizational Psychology, Bachelor, North West University

2 Jan 200831 Dec 2008

Award Date: 31 Dec 2008

Psychology, Bachelor, North West University


Award Date: 30 Dec 2007

Educational Sciences, Bachelor, North West University

Jan 20042005

External positions

Editor-in-Chief (Ass), Frontiers in Psychology

1 Dec 2020 → …

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Psychology

7 Jan 2019 → …

External Research Affiliate, Goethe University Frankfurt

1 Jan 2019 → …

External Research Affiliate, University of Twente

1 Jan 2019 → …

Extraordinary Professor, North West University

1 Jun 2017 → …

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Human resource Management

1 Jun 2016 → …

Co-Editor-in-Chief, South African Journal of Industrial Psychology

1 Jan 201331 Dec 2019


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