Linda Douma

Since March 2014, I am working as a PhD candidate at the Department of Public and Occupational Health at the VU University Medical centre. In collaboration with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, I am researching the public opinion and the individual decision making-process concerning the colorectal cancer-screening programme. I have completed my masters in Social Psychology in 2007 at the VU University in Amsterdam. Since my graduation, I have been working as a trainer and teacher regarding child abuse and domestic violence. Together with Medi Hoes I have written the book ‘Handelen bij Kindermishandeling en Huiselijk Geweld; van signalering tot besluit’ (‘Acting concerning Child Abuse and Domestic Violence; from recognizing to decision-making’). Before working at the VUmc I have worked at Bureau Jeugdzorg (Childcare Services), specializing in child mental health, and at Zorgbelang Noord-Holland. I have experience with quantitative and qualitative research and find it important to involve the target group in doing research and developing policies/interventions. My research interests lie in doing practically relevant research in the area of, among others, decision-making, communication, prevention, health care and public health, and child abuse & domestic violence.

Research topics

Colorectal cancer screening
Colorectal cancer screening

Publications