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Liesbeth van Vliet

Assistant Professor

Dr. L.M. van Vliet
+31 71 527 2727


Liesbeth works as of 2019 as Dutch Cancer Society Young Investigator/Assistant Professor, at the Department of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology. She also holds a Research Fellow appointment at the OLVG Hospital Amsterdam and a Visiting Appointment at Nivel (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research). In addition, she serves as a Board Member of the Dutch Organization for Psychosocial Oncology (NVPO). She was a NIAS-KNAW 2019/2020 Fellow. 

Before joining the Department, Liesbeth worked as a Researcher/Research Fellow at Nivel (2008-2012 & 2015-2018); UMC Utrecht, Dept of Genetics (2016); and King’s College London, Dept of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation (Cicely Saunders Institute, 2013-2015) & Dept of Health Psychology (2012). She holds a BSc in Clinical and Health Psychology (with Honours) and MSc in Clinical Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2003-2008).


Liesbeth is a communication & palliative care & placebo/nocebo-effect researcher. Her research experience covers communication in palliative (cancer) care; the role of communication in eliciting placebo-effects and nocebo-effects; the patient perspective on communication; shared decision making, pediatric palliative cancer care; early palliative care in neurological conditions; patient reported outcome measures and complexity in palliative care. She is experienced in quantitative and qualitative research methods (including RCT’s and video-experiments) and has been involved in several international research projects.

Teaching activities

  • Master thesis supervision
  • Bachelor thesis supervision
  • Research internship supervision
  • Health and Medical Psychology

Research Grants (selection)

  • Dutch L’OrealUNESCO For Women in Science Award. Title: Nocebo-effects of information-provision and communication in serious illness (Personal grant), 2019
  • Young Investigator Grant Dutch Cancer Society. Title: Decreasing the burden of knowledge by improving communication with seriously ill breast cancer patients (Personal Grant), 20182022
  • Scientific Society OLVG. Title (Spinoza project): Examining the effects of enhanced providerpatient communication on post-operative pain; an RCT performed in daily clinical care. (Principal Investigator), 2017-2019
  • Foundation for the Science of the Therapeutic Encounter (FSTE). Title (Spinoza project): Examining the effects of enhanced provider-patient communication on post-operative pain; an RCT performed in daily clinical care (Personal grant), 2017-2019
  • ZonMw Palliantie. Title: A basic understanding. Towards appropriate information provision for and decisionmaking with patients with limited health literacy in hospital-based palliative care (Co-applicant), 2018-2022
  • Dutch Care Institute. Title: Shared Decision making with noncurative colorectal- and lung-cancer patients (Principal Investigator), 2016
  • British Psychology Society Division of Health Psychology 2014 Research Seminar Competition. Title: Longterm conditions in children: diagnosis, management and palliative care (Principal Investigator), 2014


  • Dutch L’OrealUNESCO For Women in Science Award (2019)            
  • Young Investigator Grant Dutch Cancer Society (20182022)
  • Personal Fellowship Foundation for the Science of the Therapeutic Encounter (20172019)
  • Several Papers of the month Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London (e.g. Pask S et al. What does complexity mean to patients and professionals? A framework to understand and capture complexity in palliative care. Palliat Med 2018; Explicit prognostic information and reassurance about nonabandonment when entering palliative breast cancer care: findings from a scripted video-vignette study. J Clin Oncol 2013)
  • CaRe Award best PhD 2013                                                                                
  • Best poster prize SIOP Conference (International Society of Paediatric Oncology) 2008
  • Erasmus Honours Bachelor Programme 2005  


  • Good Clinical Practice (2018)
  • EURO IMPACT training (European Intersectorial and MultidisciplinaryPalliative Care Research Training) (2013-2014)     
  • PhD training Research school Psychology & Health, Utrecht University / Nivel (20082011)


  • Mentor junior researchers, Nivel (2018)            
  • Teacher Minor Medical Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2016)   
  • Teacher Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) (2016/2018)      
  • Teacher/Tutor/Examiner MSc in Palliative Care, King’s College London (20142015)                            
  • Examiner Communication skills Medical OSCE (Medicine), King’s College London (2014)
  • Scientific Teacher Psychology BSc, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2007-2008)    


  • ASCO (America Society of Clinical Oncology)
  • SIPS (Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies)
  • IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain)
  • NVPO (Dutch Organization for Psychosocial Oncology)
  • PPI (Patient Provider Interaction network, Netherlands/Flanders)
  • ARPH (Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health)

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Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden



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