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Veronica Janssen

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Dr. V.R. Janssen
+31 71 527 2727


Veronica Janssen carries out research in the area of adaptation to chronic illness. She developed several intervention programs for cardiac patients aimed at improving self-management and well-being. She teaches courses in basic therapeutic skills, motivational interviewing techniques, cognitive behavioral interventions and the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease - amongst others. She supervises MSc thesis students and (academic) internships. She is also a qualified cognitive-behavioral therapist (VGCt) and works in a cardiac rehabilitation clinic as a medical psychologist. She represents the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP) in the Multidisciplinary Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation (LMDO-H), the Platform Vitale Vaten, and is chair of the National Working Group on Cardio-Psychology (LWCP), and secretary of Stichting CARDSS.


Her research focuses on adaptation to chronic illness, in particular cardiac disease. She developed and evaluated a self-regulation program for maintenance of lifestyle change after cardiac rehabilitation. For the Netherlands Heart Foundation, she developed a cognitive-behavioral program for cardiac patients focused on reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. For Cardiovitaal Cardiac Rehabilitation, she is currently developing and evaluating a blended form of care, where evidence-based face-to-face treatment is combined with a theory-based e-health tool for self-management.


  • Cognitive-behavioral therapist VGct


  • 2010: Best oral presentation. Onderzoeksschool Psychology & Health
  • 2008: Enlisted on the ‘Viva-400 lijst’
  • 2007: Poster Award, poster presentation Onderzoeksschool Psychology & Health
  • 2000, 2001: Awarded twice ‘best student of the year’  Psychology Faculty, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Relevant links

Guest employee

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

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


  • Landelijk Multidisciplinair Overleg Hartrevalidatie Vertegenwoordiger NIP
  • Landelijke Werkgroep Cardiopsychologie Voorzitter
  • Platform Vitale Vaten Vertegenwoordiger NIP, auteur Zorgstandaard
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