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Research interests

I am University Research Chair professor at Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc) in Amsterdam. In my research I take a true translational approach from science to society by combining my scientific expertise in human movement science and epidemiology resulting in innovative studies in real-world situations. My research focuses on determinants and health consequences of physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) in youth, with a strong interest in underlying mechanisms and innovations in risk factor research. I am acknowledged for my innovations in methodology (e.g. mediation analyses, participatory action methods with children). Recently I developed novel analytical methods of accelerometer data providing detailed, unique information on SB and PA patterns.

I chair the section ‘Child & Adolescent Public health Research and Innovation’ within Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc). I am vice-chair of the Academic Collaborative Center ´Child & Adolescent Public Health´, a fruitful collaboration between VU University Medical Center and eight Municipal Health Services in North-Holland and Flevoland aiming to improve evidence-based Child Health Care practice. In addition, I have been chosen as one of the two programme directors of the research program Health Behaviours and Chronic Diseases of the Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, an alliance between AMC and VU/VUmc. 

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Aging in balance: Physical exercise and nutrient dense foods for the vulnerable elderly, Wageningen University

Award Date: 1 Oct 1999


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • epidemiology
  • child health
  • physical activity
  • sedentary behaviour
  • participatory methods

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  • Appointed as University Research Chair

    Chin A Paw, Mai (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Other distinction

  • IJBNPA Award 2020

    Chin A Paw, Mai (Recipient), Tremblay, Mark S. (Recipient), Aubert, Salome (Recipient), Barnes, Joel D. (Recipient), Saunders, Travis J. (Recipient), Carson, Valerie (Recipient), Latimer-Cheung, Amy E. (Recipient), Chastin, Sebastien F. M. (Recipient), Altenburg, TM (Recipient), Aminian, Saeideh (Recipient), Arundell, Lauren (Recipient), Hinkley, Trina (Recipient), Hnatiuk, Jill (Recipient), Atkin, Andrew J. (Recipient), Belanger, Kevin (Recipient), Chaput, Jean Philippe (Recipient), Gunnell, Katie (Recipient), Larouche, Richard (Recipient) & Manyanga, Taru (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Other distinction