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Health in Discourse

In the Discourse and Communication group staff members study Health related topics from a wide range of theoretical interests using various methodologies. Central to all this research is optimizing health communication based on insights from communication and linguistic research.


  • Dr. Jana Declerq works on the various discourses associated with the perception of pain (Veni project)
  • Lourens Kraft van Ermel works on how patients produce lay diagnosis when asked for their perception of the cause of their pain in physiotherapy sessions concerned with atypical pain
  • Dr. Joāo Graca works on persuasion research in health with a focus on change
  • Prof. Dr. John Hoeks works on persuasion research and specifically on dialogue systems in which people can discuss plant-based diets
  • Prof. Dr. Mike Huiskes works on various projects. He studies various topics in consultations in geriatric care and in the pain clinic. He also studies learning and collaborating in the operating theatre. Results of these studies have been reported in academic journals in the Arts (focusing on Discourse Studies), Journals on Medical Education and journals in the field of Medicine (Annals of Surgery) as well as in professional journals. The results of these studies have been implemented in training programs for medical professionals. This training program was awarded the UMCG vernieuwingsprijs
  • Dr. Lotte van Poppel works on the use of metaphor by patients during consultations. She also works on shared decision making in consultations

PhD Projects

  • 2016 Patrick Nieboer . Teaching in the operating theatre, UMCG
  • 2017 Lisanne Knol . Differential effects of supportive expressive and cognitive behavioural intentions in dependent and self-critical depressive patients: a conversation analytical perspective. Co-promotor. Joint degree: Ghent University and University of Groningen
  • 2021 Bart Lambert. De leermeesterstudie: rolmodel supervisie in de operatiekamer. OOR-regio, UMCG
  • 2021 Martine Keuning. De leermeesterstudie: rolmodel supervisie in de operatiekamer, Department of orthopedics, UMCG
  • 2021 Leila Verkerk. Emotion, Expression and interpretation in multilingual psychotherapy, CLCG
  • 2022 Jikkie van Veen. Goed handelen als het moet: is er blijvend effect van scenario onderwijs in de spoedzorg, Schola Medica, Erasmus MC
  • 2015 Rimke Groenewold. Direct and Indirect Speech in Aphasia. Co-promotor. NWO
  • 2015 Kashimiri Stec. Visible quotation: The multimodal expression of viewpoint. (Cum Laude). Co-promotor. NWO
  • 2016 Margot Jager. Unravelling the role of client-professional
  • communication in psychosocial care. Co-promotor. ZonMw
  • 2018 Lucas Seuren. Declarative questions in Dutch conversations. Co-promotor. CLCG
  • 2021 Marije van Braak. Joint construction of educational value: learning from experiences in general practitioner training. Co-promotor. ZonMw

Grants and Awards

  • 2016 CARM-training. OOR regiofonds. 50.000 euro
  • 2017 PhD Lisanne Knol U4/Ubbo Emmius, joint PhD met Gent 150.000 euro (matching door Gent: 103.500 euro)
  • 2018 UMCG Communicatie en Leiderschapsonderwijs 0,2 fte voor een jaar, 21.000 euro
  • 2019 PhD project Goed handelen als het moet: is er blijvend effect van scenario onderwijs in de spoedzorg? 301.319 euro (Schola Medica)
  • 2019 UMCG afdeling Orthopedie Leren op de OK, 0,2 fte voor een jaar 21.000 euro
  • 2020 Onderwijsvernieuwingsprijs UMCG 50.000 euro
  • 2020 Leermeesterstudie, 250.000 euro (Regiofonds OOR)
  • 2020 Leermeesterstudie, 250.000 euro (UMCG 250.000)
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