Monique Tabak

Monique is a biomedical engineer and senior researcher at RRD and the University of Twente.  In 2014, she received her PhD for the research ‘Telemedicine for patients with COPD’.

Her research line ‘Persuasive Motivational Coaching Technology’ aims to research, develop and evaluate technology-supported persuasive coaching strategies that motivate people (with chronic conditions) in adhering to their interventions in daily life. For example via gaming, virtual reality of smart navigation support, but also by using positive emotions or social motivation.

Example projects include: MAGGY: a mobile activity game for elderly (, INLIFE: personalized ICT solutions for people with MCI ( and VIREP: virtual reality for patients with chronic back pain.


Tabak M, Dekker-van Weering MGH, van Dijk H, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR (2015). Promoting daily physical activity by means of mobile gaming: a review of the state of the art. Games for Health Journal, 4(6), 460-469.

de Vette A, Tabak M, Dekker MGH, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR(2015). Engaging elderly people in telemedicine through gamification. JMIR Serious Games, 3(2), e9.

Tabak M, Brusse-Keizer M, van der Valk PDLPM, Hermens HJ, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR (2014). A telehealth programme for self-management of COPD exacerbations and promotion of an active lifestyle: a pilot randomized controlled trial. International Journal of  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 9(1), 935-944.

Tabak M, Vollenbroek-Hutten MMR, van der Valk PDLPM, van der Palen JAM, Hermens HJ (2014). A telerehabilitation intervention for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 28(6), 582-591,

Tabak M, op den Akker H, Hermens HJ (2014). Motivational cues as real-time feedback for changing daily activity behavior of patients with COPD. Patient Education & Counseling, 94(3), 372-378.

Link to publication list on personal website:,_M.html