Liesbeth Claassen

I work as an advisor and researcher on risk and crisis communication at RIVM and the Department of Public and Occupational Health at the VU University Medical Center and supervise projects on risk perception and communication of environmental risk. I studied Economics at the VU University in Amsterdam and Social Psychology at the University of Amsterdam and I obtained a PhD at the VU University Medical Center. In the past I have participated in various interdisciplinary research projects on risk perception and communication in areas such as health law, genetics and medical counseling. Currently, my research focuses on designing efficient and flexible strategies for communicating risks in relation to public health emergencies and man-made hazards (such as smoke from chemical fires, nuclear accidents, electromagnetic fields, and radon).

Research topics

Health effects high-voltage powerlines
Health effects high-voltage powerlines
Uncertain risks
Uncertain risks
Imperceptible work-related risks
Imperceptible work-related risks
Health effects cell towers
Health effects cell towers
Livestock related zoonoses
Livestock related zoonoses
Crisiscommunicatie
Crisiscommunicatie

Publications

Authors Year Title
Jansen, Claassen, van Poll, van Kamp, & Timmermans 2017 Breaking Down Uncertain Risks for Risk Communication: A Conceptual Review of the Environmental Health Literature
Henneman, Vermeulen, van El, Claassen, Timmermans & Cornel 2013 Public attitudes towards genetic testing revisited: comparing opinions between 2002 and 2010
Claassen, Smid, Woudenberg & Timmermans 2012 Media coverage on electromagnetic fields and health: Content analysis of Dutch newspaper articles and websites
Claassen, Henneman, [...], Yoon & Timmermans 2010 Using family history information to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases; a discussion of the evidence
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
Claassen, Hennean, de Vet, Knol, Marteau & Timmermans 2010 Fatalistic responses to different types of genetic risk information; exploring the role of Self-Malleability
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
Pijl, Henneman, Claassen, Detmar, Nijpels & Timmermans 2009 Family history of diabetes: exploring perceptions of individuals at risk
Akkermans, Hulst, Claassen, et al. 2009 Onderzoek biedt steun voor wetsvoorstel: vergoeding van affectieschade.
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
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.
Greven, Claassen, Timmermans, Woudenberg & Duijm 2013 Rook bij branden; Aanpassing berichtgeving op grond van perceptieonderzoek.
Jansen, Claassen, van Kamp, & Timmermans 2019 Understanding of the concept of 'uncertain risk'. A qualitative study among different societal groups
Claassen, Bostrom & Timmermans 2014 Focal points for improving communications about electromagnetic fields and health: a mental models approach
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
van Harreveld, van der Pligt, Claassen & van Dijk 2007 Inmate emotion coping and psychological and physical well-being. The use of crying over spilled milk
Porsius, Claassen, Weijland & Timmermans 2015 “They give you lots of information, but ignore what it's really about”: residents' experiences with the planned introduction of a new high-voltage power line