Wendy Jacobs

Health Narratives


Wendy Jacobs

PhD student

Radboud University


Wendy studied Communication Science at the VU University in Amsterdam (health communication and marketing) and Child Development and Education (orthopedagogiek) at the University of Amsterdam. She also completed several courses of the Bachelor Communication and Information Science at the VU University in Amsterdam.

Her first master thesis focused on social functioning of Dutch VMBO-students. Her second master thesis focused on communication effects and treatment experiences during cancer treatment.

Until 2011 Wendy worked as an educational psychologist (orthopedagoog). In 2011 she also worked as a research assistant at KWF Kankerbestrijding for Team Kanker.NL. Since September 15 2012 she is a PhD student at the Radboud University in Nijmegen at the department of Communication and Information Science and at the department of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology at The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI-AVL) in Amsterdam.


In her PhD project Wendy focuses on communication effects and treatment experiences during breast cancer treatment. This research aims at clarifying the experiences of patients before, during and after breast cancer treatment and focuses on finding the best way to inform patients about treatment and treatment side effects.

This research is funded by Pink Ribbon.


Health communication, persuasive communication, cancer, treatment side effects

Selected publications