I was born in 1959 in Heemskerk, one of the first Dutch villages to expand rapidly after the Second World War. Heemskerk lies near the coastal dunes and the North Sea.


From age six to twelve, I lived in Haarlem. This city, also near the sea, is said to be the place where people speak the best Dutch. Haarlem has a certain 'aristocratic' intellectual climate.


Then I spent my high school years in Lelystad, a new town planned as the capital of the Flevopolder (a polder is land reclaimed by building dikes and pumping out the water, a typical Dutch enterprise). The first occupants arrived at 1967; my family settled there in 1972. Lelystad is now a small city of 60,000 inhabitants.

I studied psychology (psychometrics, theoretical psychology, and statistics) from 1986 until 1989 at the University of Utrecht. One of my most inspiring instructors was Professor Piet Vroon. He was famous for his television appearances and the provocative humor in his columns.

In 1998 I completed my PhD dissertation at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Dept. of Public Health).

From 1997 until 2010 I have been engaged in evaluating health outcomes and health technology assessment at the University Medical Center Nijmegen (Department of Medical Technology Assessment).

From 2010 I am positioned as head of the research unit Patient Centered Health Technology Assessment at the department of Epidemiology (University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen).

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Paul is an expert in (subjective) health-outcomes measurement methodology, in particular ‘health-related quality of life’, and was co-editor of the journal Quality of Life Research.

Apart from his methodological research related to health-state quantification, he has coordinated and advised on several medical studies and contributed to the development of the Dutch pharmacoeconomic guidelines to be used in decision-making on reimbursement.

2010 - present

Groningen University

From October 2010 he is Principal Investigator and head of the research unit Health Technology Assessment at the department Epidemiology of the Academic Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)/University of Groningen.


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1997 - 2010

Radboud University Nijmegen

Since then he has been working in the field of health technology assessment at the University Medical Center Nijmegen.

1991 - 1997

Erasmus University Rotterdam

He completed his PhD dissertation in 1998 at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Dept. Public Health).

1986 - 1991

Utrecht University

Paul studied psychology (psychometrics, theoretical psychology, statistics, research methodology) at the University of Utrecht. From 1989 he was researcher/teacher, Department Youth Studies & Social and Cultural Plan Office (The Hague).

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