Monique Heijmans

She works as a senior researcher at NIVEL since 1998 and is project leader of the National Panel of people with Chronic Illness or Disability (2008-present) and the National Panel of people with Lung Diseases (2001 – present); she is an expert in the area of (determinants of) self-management, diversity and chronic illness and has extensive research experience in the area of psychosocial factors and their interaction with health behavior and health, including illness perceptions, patient activation, self-efficacy, social support and health literacy. Recently she started research on gender differences in treatment burden among chronic disease patients.Since 1998 she was involved in more than 50 research projects related to chronic disease, diversity, self-management, heath literacy, social participation, multi-morbidity and person-centred care in the Netherlands. She is the (co-)author of over 70 international publications and over 100 Dutch articles and reports.


  •  Dutch Alliance on Health Literacy
  •  Researchschool  CARE
  •  Scientific Committee of the Dutch Lung Foundation
  •  Scientific research group on psychosocial aspects of  renal disease
  •  European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  •  European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

Job experience

  • Senior researcher, NIVEL Utrecht, 2004 – now
  • Researcher , NIVEL Utrecht, 1998 – 2004
  • Researcher, dept of Clinical Psychology,  Utrecht University, 1992 – 1998
  • Behavioural therapist, Psychiatric hospital University of  Leuven (Belgium), 1991-1992


1995 – 1990 :  Health Sciences, University of Maastricht
1993:  Behavioural  therapist
1998: PhD “Cognitive representations of chronic disease - an empirical study among patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrom and Addison’s Disease”