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Research interests

Fields of expertise and interest:
Public health, hearing and hearing loss, living environment, measurement methods, epidemiology, longitudinal data analyses, ecological momentary assessment, health behavior change, implementation science, participatory research

In 2003, I started my Bachelor in Health Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam. I focused on aging, prevention and epidemiology. In 2006, I got my Bachelor's degree (cum laude), and in 2008, my Master’s degree in Public Health Research and Epidemiology.

After my study, I worked at the departments of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, section Ear and Hearing and of Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) of the VU Medical Center as a PhD student. I examined the longitudinal associations between hearing status and psychosocial health in older persons, and the determinants of hearing loss. Other topics that I addressed were functioning and disability with hearing loss, and interventions following hearing screening in adults. On 25 October 2013, I earned my PhD degree.

Current position:
I am a senior researcher at the department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, section Ear & Hearing of the VU medical center, and am also involved in the LASA study. I supervise one PhD student (Janine Meijerink), and work on several projects on a range of topics: predictors of hearing help seeking, self-management support interventions for adults with hearing loss, Ecological Momentary Assessment, and longitudinal associations between cognitive and hearing decline.

At the moment, I am mostly working on the HEAR-aware project. We are developing and testing a self-management support smartphone app for hearing-impaired adults. One of the cornerstones of the app is EMA: Ecolological Momentary Assessment.

Please read more about the HEAR-aware project here:

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

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