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Dr. M.A. Hillen

Position
Postdoc
Main activities
Research
Specialisation
Medical Psychology / Physician patient communication
Focus of research

Marij Hillen is a post-doctoral researcher of physician-patient communication, and fellow for the Dutch Cancer Society. Her aim is to enhance the relation and communication between cancer patients and their physicians. She has a special interest for situations and groups in which trust and optimal communication are not evident. Marij Hillen earned a research master’s degree in Psychology (with merit) at the University of Amsterdam (2007). She subsequently worked at the department of Medical Psychology of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, researching trust between physicians and patients (PhD degree Cum Laude in 2013). She investigated how both verbal and nonverbal communication by the oncologist contributes to patients’ trust.

Since 2015, she has been researching how the process of second opinions in oncology can be facilitated through better communication, within a fellowship grant of the Dutch Cancer Society. A second research focus is the communication and tolerance of uncertainty in genetic counseling as well as other settings. Third, Marij's investigates the impact of computer and electronic medical record use on medical consultations, and particularly on trust. Finally, she has specialized in the methodology of experimental research using video vignettes. Marij has obtained research grants from the Dutch Pink Ribbon foundation, Dutch Cancer Society, and the Innovation fund of the Academic Medical Center. She is the editor-in-chief of the Dutch journal ‘Psychosociale Oncologie’, of the Dutch Association for Psychosocial Oncology (NVPO).

Key publications
  • Hillen MA, de Haes HCJM, van Tienhoven G, Bijker N, van Laarhoven HWM, Vermeulen DM, Smets EMA, All eyes on the patient: the influence of oncologists' nonverbal communication on breast cancer patients' trust. BREAST CANCER RES TR 2015;153 (1):161-171 [PubMed]
  • Hillen MA, de Haes HCJM, Stalpers LJA, Klinkenbijl JHG, Eddes EH, Butow PN, van der Vloodt J, van Laarhoven HWM, Smets EMA, How can communication by oncologists enhance patients' trust? An experimental study. ANN ONCOL 2014;25 (4):896-901 [PubMed]
  • Hillen MA, de Haes HCJM, Stalpers LJA, Klinkenbijl JHG, Eddes EH, Verdam MGE, Smets EMA, How attachment style and locus of control influence patients' trust in their oncologist. J PSYCHOSOM RES 2014;76 (3):221-226 [PubMed]
  • Hillen MA, de Haes HCJM, Smets EMA, Cancer patients' trust in their physician-a review. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY 2011;20 (3):227-241 [PubMed]
  • Hillen MA, Koning CCE, Wilmink JW, Klinkenbijl JHG, Eddes EH, Kallimanis-King BL, de Haes JCJM, Smets EMA, Assessing cancer patients' trust in their oncologist: development and validation of the Trust in Oncologist Scale (TiOS). SUPPORT CARE CANCER 2012;20 (8):1787-1795 [PubMed]
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Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

 

2015– present             Fellow for the Dutch Cancer Society,  department of Medical Psychology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam 

 

Project title: ‘Second opinions in oncology – the influence of trust, information
giving and decision making’, funded by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) (project number CJ451013)

2013 – 2015                Postdoc researcher, department of Medical Psychology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam 

                                  Project title: ‘Breast cancer patients’ trust in their oncologist: the role of non-verbal behavior and ethnic background,’ funded by Pink Ribbon

2008 – 2013                PhD Student Department of Medical Psychology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam
Degree obtained: 1 November 2013, cum laude

                                    Project title: ‘Cancer patients’ trust in their oncologist’, funded by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) (project number CJ451001)

Teaching

 

2015 – present            ‘Communication with patients for researchers’, course for PhD-students

 

2008 – present            Practical communication skills for medical students (years 1-4).

 

2011 – present            Supervising medical and psychology students in scientific internship and master's thesis 

 

Other professional activities

 

2009 – 2011                Chairman of the AMC Network Qualitative Research in Health Care

2010                            Member of the PhD council of the research school for Psychology and Health (P&H)

2011 – 2015                Member of the working group Scientific Research of the Dutch Society for Psychosocial Oncology (NVPO)

2011 – 2015                Editor of ‘Psychosocial Oncology’ [Psychosociale Oncologie], journal of the Dutch Society for Psychosocial Oncology (NVPO)

2011 – present            Organisation of Young-EACH workshops for peer-to-peer feedback at  international conferences, for early career researchers, within the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH), in collaboration with international colleagues

2016 – present            Editor-in-chief of ‘Psychosocial Oncology’ [Psychosociale Oncologie], journal of the Dutch Society for Psychosocial Oncology (NVPO)

2016 - present            Member of r-EACH, the research committee of the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH)


Scholarships and awards

2010                            KWF travel grant for academics (€3500,-)

2010                            ‘Young Investigators Network Grant’, European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) (€250,-)

2011                            Steffens Award for junior investigators, Summer Course of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) (€1250,-)

2011                            Pink Ribbon funding for scientific research (primary investigator). Project title: ‘Breast cancer patients’ trust in their oncologist: The role of nonverbal behavior and ethnic background (€147.565,-)   

2014                            Best thesis award of the Association for Researchers in Psychology and Health (€500,-)

2014                            Fellowship psychosocial research of the Dutch Cancer Society (approximately €357.600,-)

2016                            AMC  Innovation Fund (main applicant). Project title: 'The impact of electronic medical record use on eye contact and the physician-patient relationship' (€200.000,-) 

 

Education

 

2013                           PhD Medicine (cum laude), University of Amsterdam

2007                           Research Master Psychology (with merit), University of Amsterdam. Major: Psychonomics, minor: Methodology

 

 

2005                            Bachelor Psychology (with merit), University of Amsterdam

Current research funding
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding