Prof. D.R.M. (Daniëlle) Timmermans

Professor Daniëlle Timmermans is Chief Science Officer Risk Communication at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). As of 2008 she is Professor in Risk Communication at the Department of Public and Occupational Health, EMGO Institute at the VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam.

"Risk communication is pro-active, not an afterthought, and should be evidence based"

Photo Dani?lle Timmermans

Her research focus is on risk communication and how citizens, e.g. health care consumers process health (risk) information and make (informed) decisions.  Research is based on the theories and models from medical and psychological decision theory. Research topics are public health issues such as prenatal screening and cancer screening as well as environmental risks such as electromagnetic fields and hazardous substances. Current research projects also include risk communcation regarding infectious diseases.

As Chief Science Officer Risk Communication at the RIVM, her task is to develop a coherent research line on risk communication in collaboration with researchers of different centers of the RIVM as well as external researchers, to establish a research network with universities and relevant parties, and to stimulate and translate the knowledge to practice and policy. (see

She is a former president of the European Association for Decision Making. She is/was a member of several national and international committees, such as the Health Research Council of the Netherlands (e.g. Standing Committee Health and Environment), the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. She advises for several health programs in the Netherlands such as the prevention consult for cardiovascular diseases, and population screening for cervical cancer and for colon cancer.

Areas of expertise

  • Risk Perception Risk Communication
  • Informed Choice
  • Surveys
  • Qualitative Research


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