CVO - Onderzoek, Training & Advies  .  Montalbaendreef 2, 3562 LC Utrecht  .  T +31 30 2381 495  .  E cvo-info@drugresearch.nl  

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CVO is an independent non-profit organisation for research, training and consultancy, emanated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Utrecht University. Here, Goof van de Wijngaart (1946-2004) started conducting studies on substance use and addiction in 1979. In 1998, CVO became an independent organisation, although bonds with Utrecht University remain. We focus primarily on substance use, addiction and other mental health problems, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Mission Statement CVO's mission statement is to collect and disseminate scientific knowledge about people on the margins of society, aiming to contribute to improvement of their social position and health.

Assumptions CVO's research, education, training and consultancy activities are founded on two important assumptions.
(i) The importance of the interaction between drug, set and setting: Problematic drug use is not exclusively the result of the drug, but of the interaction.
(ii) A reflection of the first assumption in both our qualitative and quantitative research projects we prioritise an environmental approach to data collection. Where possible we sample, interview or observe people in their natural environment, often literally by standing between them. This approach results in a better understanding of the respondents, their drug taking within the context of their day to day life. Our hope is that such a comprehensive understanding contributes to a more effective treatment and prevention.

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Management
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Richard Braam
Developmental psychologist, joined CVO in 1991.
Focal point for general and organisational matters, coordination and supervision of projects. Richard's expertise is rapid assessment and response (RAR) methodologies.
His fields of interest are:
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Transcultural addiction problems
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Connection between theory and good practice
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Adaptation of RAR methodologies to different fields of practice, both domestically and internationally

Dick de Bruin
Developmental psychologist, joined CVO in 1991.
Dick's expertise is the development of quantitative measurement instruments and statistical analysis. He is a leading specialist in gambling problems and gambling policy in the Netherlands.
His fields of interest are:
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People's development and course of life in an ecological perspective
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Influence of the medicine, narcotic plants and substance use on people's health,well-being and development
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Harm reduction strategies for substance use and addiction

Ab Voskamp
Psychologist, at CVO since 1999.
Focal point for financial matters, staff policy and project contracts.
Ab also works as a manager at a practice for brain damage.

Staff
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Jean-Paul Grund Senior research associate
Clinical and developmental psychologist; Ph.D. in social sciences.
Jean-Paul joined CVO in 2004. He is a principal investigator, international research and policy consultant, focusing on drug use, public health, public policy, human rights and harm reduction.
Jean-Paul's expertise is in qualitative and quantitative research into drug use, health risks and related policies. In the last decades his focus has been largely on the development of harm reduction responses to the emerging HIV epidemic in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
His present interests include:
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The emergence of, and developing responses to, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS or Legal Highs), the risk environment of homemade drug production ( >> Breaking worse: The emergence of krokodil and excessive injuries among people who inject drugs in Eurasia) and the role of the internet in the diffusion of new drug trend and consequences for drug epidemiology;
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Social exclusion, drug use and HIV risks in minority communities
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Peer-based “intraventions” (both among PWID/vulnerable populations and in recreational drug use settings);
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International drug policy ( >> Coffee Shops and Compromise: Separated Illicit Drug Markets in the Netherlands);
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Trans-disciplinary approaches to drug research, qualitative studies and innovative research methods for hidden populations.

Minke Dijkstra researcher
Cultural anthropologist and criminologist, joined CVO at 2008 as researcher. She was involved in the PROZE project, a peer driven intervention in social service. Additionally, she works as a social worker at an aid post for (street) prostitutes in Utrecht. At Stichting de Tussenvoorziening, a broad organisation for social services, she also does more supportive policy work and is involved in the training program Addiction and Psychiatry. Furthermore, she is a reviewer for an addiction magazine in the Netherlands. During her study she engaged in research into (recreative) drug use among youngsters in the Netherlands and abroad.
Her fields of interest are:
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Homelessness and homelessness policy
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(Street)prostitution
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Meanings of (recreative) drug use
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Discourse around drug use and drug policy

Chantal Gooijer researcher
Working at CVO since 2010, worked as executive researcher in the PROZE project, a peer driven intervention in social service. The PROZE project was the subject of her Masters thesis. During her studies she worked at Impuls as a mediator for the former homeless persons in Amsterdam.
Her fields of interest are:
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Homelessness and homelessness policy
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Peer education among vulnerable populations
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Hospitalisation and empowerment in the Mental Health and Addiction Care

Christel Meijerman senior researcher
Management and policy expert, at CVO since 2001. Researcher and research coordinator.
Christel's expertise is training and consultancy on quality management in addiction care. She is furthermore specialized in planning and supervision of field based data collection.
Her fields of interests are:
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Policy oriented scientific research
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Gambling and gambling policy
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Homelessness and homelessness policy

Hans Verbraeck senior researcher
Cultural anthropologist, joined CVO in 1996. Hans' expertise include development of fieldwork protocols and qualitative research instruments. He is specialized in national and international drug policy.
His fields of interests are:
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The dynamics between drug trade and drug enforcement
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Social and cultural aspects of compulsive behaviour
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Social cohesion and social exclusion

Marleen Arends researcher
Medical cultural anthropologist and addiction medicine specialist, joined CVO as a researcher in 2009. She was involved in the PROZE project, a peer driven intervention study in social service institutions. During her advanced master course in medical cultural anthropology, she engaged in research on substance use problems among detainees (master thesis ‘Drugs and Penal Pains’). Furthermore, she works as an addiction medicine physician (board-certified) in addiction care, and is engaged in guideline development for addiction care and penal institutions.
Her fields of interest include:
- Transcultural and transdisciplinary research
- Development of innovative health care policy based on client perspectives research
- The combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Pioneering research methods for hidden populations


Maaike Labree researcher
International jurist, joined CVO in 2014 on a study of the legalization of online gambling in Europe and subsequent developments in the prevalence of gambling addiction. Currently working on a study on the extent with which online gamblers display problem gambling characteristics. In addition to her work at CVO, she offers legal-practical assistance to victims of human trafficking through the Netherlands Red Cross.
Her fields of interest are:
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Gambling and problem gambling
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(International) drug and gambling policies


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Supervisory Board
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Miriam Fris
Educationalist with a degree in Youth Studies and Developmental Psychology from the University of Utrecht. Member of the CVO Supervisory Board since 2006. From 1993 to 2001, she worked as a (senior) researcher, trainer and teacher, mainly focusing on adolescents, party drugs, problem gambling and self-care. At present, she is working as a primary school teacher, remedial teacher and counselor. Furthermore, she owns a practice for integrative child therapy and coaching in Amsterdam.
Her fields of interest are:
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Children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural problems
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Education and school careers
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Risk behaviour and addiction problems
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Care and self-care

Chris Loth
Nursing scientist, commissioner of the CVO Supervisory Board since 2007. Her expertise is practice-based research in addiction care. Chris is manager and director of her company LOTH nursing. She teaches at several (nursing) academies and is editor of a series of books about addiction nursing. In 2005, the guideline Opiate Maintainance Treatment (OMT) is developed under her direction. The OMT is a topic of her dissertation Chris finished in 2008.
Her fields of interest are:
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Scientific research on (addiction) nursing
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Double diagnostics and recovery
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Chronical drug addicts and their perspectives
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Development of innovations in treatment by action research

Hans C. Ossebaard
Clinical en developmental psychologist, commissioner of the CVO Supervisory Board since 2006. Hans' expertise is knowledge management. From 1992 till 1998, he worked at CVO as researcher and teacher. Besides, he worked as substance use and addiction consultant for Utrecht University and the European Union, Also, he worked for Jellinek Addiction Care, Trimbos National Institute on Mental Health and Addiction and the Ministry of Health. Since 2005, Hans works as product manager of the health portal kiesBeter.nl of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, since 2007, combined with research into consumer health informatics.
His fields of interest are:
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The meaning of the internet for the provision of information
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The meanings of substance use
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The knowledge society


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Advisory Board
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Prof. dr. T.F.M. ter Bogt
professor occupying the endowed chair Pop music and Youth Cultures. Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University.

Drs. C. Goos
former Regional Adviser Substance Abuse and director Department Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the Eropean Regional Bureau of the World Health Organisation. Currently ehrenamtlicher Berater at the Anton Proksch Institut in Vienna and independent public health consultant.

Prof. dr. H. ’t Hart
emeritus professor, Department Methodology and Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University.

Dr. J. Morenc
staff member Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University.


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