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Ms M. A. Grootenhuis (1964) has been named professor of Psychosocial Care for chronically ill children in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA).

Jeroen Oerlemans

Ms M. A. Grootenhuis (1964) has been named professor of Psychosocial Care for chronically ill children in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA).

Martha Grootenhuis’ research focuses on the psychosocial effects of chronic illness – especially childhood cancer – during the childhood years. There is still a lack of knowledge on the psychosocial functioning of children, adolescents and young adults growing up with a chronic illness. To develop and implement tailor-made pediatric psychosocial care permanent research on the risk factors affecting individual patient systems and families is required.

In the years to come, Grootenhuis will be making further investments in order to identify problems at an early age and stage. Her research will increasingly rely on web-based applications. A case in point would be the digital KLIK (www.hetklikt.nu) method, designed to systematically track the quality of life and development of chronically ill children and integrate results in the clinical practice. Grootenhuis will also further develop and evaluate (online) interventions for chronically ill children to help them learn to cope with their condition more effectively. Online interventions for siblings and parents are part of this development as well.

Grootenhuis has worked at the Emma Children's Hospital at the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA) since 1992. She was appointed head of the Pediatric Psychology research programme in 2006, and has received various research grants over the course of her career, from institutions such as KWF Kankerbestrijding and ZonMW. Grootenhuis is founder and chairwoman of the Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Committee of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP).