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Adriaan Visser

Adriaan Visser

Abraham Kuyperlaan 91 A; 3038 39 PG Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Phone: 31-(0)10-4677857; 31-(0)6-22304087. E-mail:

Adriaan Visser (1941), PhD, studied social psychology at the Free University (Amsterdam, NL). The published thesis (1984) was on the methodology of the measurement of patient satisfaction. Worked the rest of is life mostly as health psychologist avant la lettre, engaged in education university students (psychology, medical, nursing), research in health care, implementation of health care changes, writing and editing.

Awarded grants
Nearly 100 grants have been awarded on patient education, organization of health care, dental care, diabetes, fibromialgie, psychosocial cancer care, breast cancer, prostate cancer, palliative care, aging, family planning, psycho-neuroimmunology (PNI), depression, mindfulness, complementary medicine, and spirituality.

More than twenty books and about thousand international and Dutch articles on have published on: health promotion, patient education, patient satisfaction, organization of health care, methodology, social desirability, dental care, diabetes, suicide, contraception, aging, chronically diseases, cancer, palliative care, psycho-neuroimmunology (PNI), depression, mindfulness, creative art, and spirituality.


I. From 1970 till 1986 lecturer and coordinator of the research pro¬gramme "Behaviour and
change in organiz¬ations" at the Free University, Amsterdam. Lecturing psychology at
nursing schools.

II. Since 1986 coordinator of the research program and associate professor on "Social aspects
of aging", includes chronic disease (University of Maastricht, NL).

III. From 1990 research director of the International Health Foundation (Brussels, Belgium) on
contraception, menopause, and aging.

IV. Since 1994 till May 2006 director and associate professor for the research program on
"Behavioral interventions in psycho-oncology" at the Helen Dowling Institute (Utrecht, NL), funded by the Dutch Cancer Society.

V. End 2009 appointed as lecturer Transitions in Health Care at the Rotterdam University.

Topics of the studies during the last 15 year:

* the role of psychosocial factors in the course of breast, cervical and prostate cancer,
* effects of psycho-social interventions in cancer (social support, existential psychotherapy
groups, mindfulness training),
* the role of psycho-neuroimmunological factors in cancer progression,
* need for and evaluation of palliative care facilities,
* introduction and evaluation of complementary care (art, aromatherapy and massage).
* development of patient-centered care in hospitals (training/intervision of nurses and doctors).
* guidelines of the psychosocial care for prostate cancer patients, basal cell carcinoma, and
palliative care,
* development, use and evaluation of so called Inloophuizen (hospitality centers) for cancer
patients and their families.

Other positions since 2006

a. Supervision of publications, projects and. thesis at the Helen Dowling Institute (Utrecht) on
spirituality, social support for cancer patients, quality of life of prostate cancer patients,
evaluation of psychosocial interventions for cancer patients.
b. In cooperation with the Maia Foundation (Rotterdam) studies on the implementation of
complementary medicine in nursing homes, effects of mindfulness training for people with a
depression history (policlinic and ambulatory mental care institutions), and mindfulness
training and Alexander Technique for fibromialgie patients.
c. Evaluation of the supportive care in three institutes for psycho-oncology.
d. Evaluation of creative therapy.

Editorial positions

* Editor of the international journal "Patient Education and Counseling" (published by Elsevier,
Amsterdam, NL).
* Former member of the editorial board of several Dutch journals in the field of health care
(Gedrag en Gezondheid, Tijdschrift voor Sociale Gezondheidszorg, TSG), Gezondheid en
* Currently board member of Supplement, Tijdschrift voor Psychosociale Oncologie.
* Co-editor of the Handbook on Complementary Medicine and editor-in-chief of a Handbook
on palliative care by nurses and auxiliaries.

Advisory work

* Co-founder of the European Association for Communication in Health Care (EACH) and the
American Academy for Communication in Health Care (AACH).
* Former-president of the Dutch Working Group on Psychosocial Oncology of the Dutch
Cancer Society (NKB/KWF).
* Founder and co-chair of the Dutch Research Group on Palliative Care.
* Board member of the Dutch CAM research group.
* Research adviser for the Maia Foundation (Rotterdam) on health care by heart and soul.
* Former president of the board of Cancer and Art.
* Co-founder of Dutch centers for psychosocial cancer care e.g. De Vruchtenburg (Rotterdam),
Adamas (Nieuw-Vennep) and Begeleiding bij Kanker (Tilburg).


Rotterdam, March 2011