I am interested in how people perceive and respond to uncertain but personally relevant health information. My research focuses on the perception and communication of health risks and uncertainties surrounding emerging issues.
Currently, I am involved in several projects concerning the development of guidelines and communication materials on man made sources of risks, such as indoor radon, smoke of chemical fires, and electromagnetic fields using a mental models approach.,
In June 2011, I finished my thesis "The Risky Self. How people perceive and respond to being at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease; the role of genetic information and self-concept.". This study explored how people perceive their disease risk and the relation with preventive behavior.
I got my degree in Social Psychology from the University of Amsterdam (2003). Previously, I worked as a teacher of Economics after obtaining a MSc in Economics (1990) and a postdoctoral education degree (1992) at VU University in Amsterdam.