Dr. Veronica Janssen

  • Assistant Professor
  • Adaptation to chronic illness
  • Self-management
  • Cardiac disease
  • eHealth
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3676
E-Mail: vjanssen@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Psychologie, Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2B53

Veronica Janssen carries out research in the area of adaptation to chronic illness. She developed several intervention programs for cardiac patients aimed at improving self-management and well-being. She teaches courses in basic therapeutic skills, motivational interviewing techniques, cognitive behavioral interventions and the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease - amongst others. She supervises MSc thesis students and (academic) internships. She is also a qualified cognitive-behavioral therapist (VGCt) and works in a cardiac rehabilitation clinic as a medical psychologist. She represents the Netherlands Institute of Psychologists (NIP) in the Multidisciplinary Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation (LMDO-H), the Platform Vitale Vaten, and is chair of the National Working Group on Cardio-Psychology (LWCP), and secretary of Stichting CARDSS.


Veronica Janssen's research focuses on adaptation to chronic illness, in particular cardiac disease. She developed and evaluated a self-regulation program for maintenance of lifestyle change after cardiac rehabilitation. For the Netherlands Heart Foundation, she developed a cognitive-behavioral program for cardiac patients focused on reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. For Cardiovitaal Cardiac Rehabilitation, she is currently developing and evaluating a blended form of care, where evidence-based face-to-face treatment is combined with a theory-based e-health tool for self-management.


  • 2010: Best oral presentation. Onderzoeksschool Psychology & Health
  • 2008: Enlisted on the ‘Viva-400 lijst’
  • 2007: Poster Award, poster presentation Onderzoeksschool Psychology & Health
  • 2000, 2001: Awarded twice ‘best student of the year’  Psychology Faculty, Royal Holloway, University of London.


  • Cognitive-behavioural therapist VGct

Last Modified: 14-01-2016