dr. Almar Kok

DR., (Principal Investigator)


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Research interests

My mission is to realize high-quality research on aging and mental health that takes heterogeneity and complexity as its starting point, and capitalizes on methodological developments to help prevent or delay cascades of functional decline.

My primary fascination behind this mission is that old age is characterized by tremendous heterogeneity; changes in physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning of older adults all influence each other, and together with demographic and socioeconomic background characteristics determine health and longevity. Therefore, prevention and intervention should be based on research that takes functioning in multiple domains into account.

I accomplish this by integrating theories, concepts and longitudinal cohort data from multiple disciplines. I am head of the Mental Functioning group of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) and Co-PI of the Netherlands Study of Depression in Older persons (NESDO).

Currently funded projects include WARP-AGE: unravelling the complexity of ageing through Dynamic Time Warping (ZonMw Off Road programme); POINTR: examining the role of self-reliance in the development of and recovery from affective disorders (ZonMw GGZ research fellowship) and the sustainability of Resilience After Depression during the Covid-pandemic (Stichting tot Steun VCVGZ grant).

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aging, mental health, health inequalities, psychosocial factors, longitudinal cohort studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Faculty of Social Sciences

Award Date: 1 Aug 2013

Bachelor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Award Date: 1 Aug 2011

Master, Utrecht School of the Arts

Award Date: 30 Aug 2006


  • HM Sociology
  • R Medicine (General)

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