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Linda  Douma

Linda Douma studied at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. She completed her BSc Psychology cum laude and has a MSc in Social Psychology. After her graduation in 2007 Linda worked as a trainer and teacher on the topic of child abuse and domestic violence. In 2012 she published a book on this topic together with co-author Medi Hoes (‘Handelen bij Kindermishandeling en Huiselijk Geweld; van signalering tot besluit’). Linda also worked as a social worker in youth (psychiatric) care and as a consultant in the broader field of welfare and care (youth, psychiatric, elderly, chronic illness, physically disabled, mentally disabled), where she focused on protecting the interests of people in need of care and enhancing client/patient participation.

Since March 2014 Linda works as a PhD candidate at the Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMGO+ Institute, VU Medical Center and at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM). The project she’s working on is a collaboration between EMGO+/VUmc and RIVM. The project entails examining the decision making process of people who are confronted with the choice whether or not to participate in the national colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program. The focus of the project lies on identifying the most important individual and social factors at play and on examining whether a well-considered, informed decision is/can be made. Specific attention is paid to the relationship between the public opinion and the individual decision making process.