prof. Julia van Weert (director)

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    CW : Persuasive Communication
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht  166
    1018 WV  Amsterdam
  • T:  0205252091

Name: Julia C. M. van Weert
PhD: 2004, Utrecht University
MSc: 1996, University of Amsterdam, Cum Laude
Interests: I am a professor of Health Communication. My research focuses on effective health communication, in particular for groups at risk such as older patients, people with limited health literacy and migrants. We study (vulnerable) patients’ information and communication needs, information processing and effects of theory- and evidence-based health interventions. I am very interested in the added value of new media strategies in health communication, such as eHealth and mHealth. I focus both on traditional and on novel, artificial intelligence based tools and I am specifically interested in the interplay between mediated communication (e.g., the use of digital tools) and patient-provider communication. This concerns for instance our understanding of how information on a website should be presented to (older) patients but also the effects of exposure to health communication technologies (e.g. a patient portal, a pre-visit website or a virtual coach) on communication during consultation. A major aim is to unravel the complicated dynamics between digital information provision and patients’ cognitive, emotional, communication and health outcomes. I have a special interest in effective communication with older patients and was awarded a personal grant by the Dutch Cancer Society to develop the research line ‘OncoCommunicAging (OCA)’ on communication with older cancer patients. Ultimately, my research aims to establish evidence- and theory-based guidance for the development of optimal patient education for older patients.

Link: UvA profile