Daniëlle Timmermans

I am a Professor of Public Health Risk Communication and supervise this research group. As of 2013 I am also Chief Science Officer Risk Communication at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), where I developed and supervise a research program in risk communication. I further contribute to optimizing the practice of risk communication. As a psychologist, my research focus is on how people experience risks related to their health and safety, how they understand and use information about risks for their choices about these risks. The research originates from social and practical problems and is based on scientific theories from behavioural decision making. In this way our research can contribute to theories about risk perception and risk communication as well as to the solution of social problems.

Research topics

Cancer screenings
Cancer screenings
Lung cancer treatment
Lung cancer treatment
Health effects high-voltage powerlines
Health effects high-voltage powerlines
Health effects cell towers
Health effects cell towers
Prenatal screening
Prenatal screening
Uncertain risks
Uncertain risks
Colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer screening
Livestock related zoonoses
Livestock related zoonoses
Crisiscommunicatie
Crisiscommunicatie
Imperceptible work-related risks
Imperceptible work-related risks
Compliance and maintaining healthy behaviour
Compliance and maintaining healthy behaviour
Keuzehulp ziekenhuizen bij borstkanker
Keuzehulp ziekenhuizen bij borstkanker
Keuzeondersteuning voor oudere patiënten met kanker
Keuzeondersteuning voor oudere patiënten met kanker
Metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome
Decision aid for patients with an early stage lung cancer
Decision aid for patients with an early stage lung cancer

Publications

Authors Year Title
Claassen, Henneman, [...], Yoon & Timmermans 2010 Using family history information to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases; a discussion of the evidence
Porsius, Claassen, Woudenberg, Smit & Timmermans 2017 These power lines make me ill”: A typology of residents’ responses.
Porsius et al. 2015 Somatic symptom reports in the general population: Application of a bi-factor model to the analysis of change
Claassen, van Dongen & Timmermans 2017 Improving lay understanding of exposure to electromagnetic fields; the effect of information on perception of and responses to risk
Porsius et al. 2015 Symptom reporting after the introduction of a new high-voltage power line: A prospective field study
Greven, Claassen, Timmermans, Woudenberg & Duijm 2013 Rook bij branden; Aanpassing berichtgeving op grond van perceptieonderzoek.
van Dongen, Claassen, Smid & Timmermans 2013 People’s responses to risks of electromagnetic fields and trust in government policy: the role of perceived risk, benefits and control.
Henneman, Oosterwijk, [...], Claassen & Timmermans 2013 The effectiveness of a graphical presentation in addition to a frequency format in the context of familial breast cancer risk communication: a multicenter controlled trial
Henneman, Vermeulen, van El, Claassen, Timmermans & Cornel 2013 Public attitudes towards genetic testing revisited: comparing opinions between 2002 and 2010
van der Weijden, Timmermans & Wensing 2006 Dus alles is goed, dokter?” Hoe informeer ik mijn patiënten over grote en kleine risico’s
Claassen, Bostrom & Timmermans 2014 Focal points for improving communications about electromagnetic fields and health: a mental models approach
Damman, Bogaerts, van den Haak & Timmermans 2017 How lay people understand and make sense of personalized disease risk information
Claassen, Hennean, de Vet, Knol, Marteau & Timmermans 2010 Fatalistic responses to different types of genetic risk information; exploring the role of Self-Malleability
Jansen, Claassen, van Kamp, & Timmermans 2019 Understanding of the concept of 'uncertain risk'. A qualitative study among different societal groups
Claassen, Henneman, Kindt, Marteau & Timmermans 2010 Perceived Risk and Representations of Cardiovascular Disease and Preventive Behaviour in People Diagnosed with Familial Hypercholesterolemia A Cross-sectional Questionnaire Study
Pijl, Henneman, Claassen, Detmar, Nijpels & Timmermans 2009 Family history of diabetes: exploring perceptions of individuals at risk
Pijl, Timmermans Claassen, et al. 2009 Impact of communicating familial risk of diabetes on illness perceptions and self-reported behavioural outcomes: A randomized controlled trial
Jansen, Claassen, van Poll, van Kamp, & Timmermans 2017 Breaking Down Uncertain Risks for Risk Communication: A Conceptual Review of the Environmental Health Literature
Trevena et al. 2013 Presenting quantitative information about decision outcomes: a risk communication primer for patient decision aid developers
Timmermans 2013 Wat Beweegt de Kiezer. Over de betekenis van weloverwogen en geïnformeerde keuzes voor gezondheid en preventie. Kennissynthese ZonMw