I graduated in 2007 for the study Mass Communication with the specialization Health Promotion and Government Communication. In 2012, I received cum laude for my PhD thesis on the impact of smoking bans on smokers and also the Dutch Public Health Prize. In 2017, I received the ECL ECToH Young Professional Award.
Currently, I work as Chief Science Officer at IVO Research Institute and as researcher at Maastricht University (research school CAPHRI) in the Netherlands. My research projects focus on health, wellbeing, and addiction among vulnerable populations. Finally, I am supervising five PhD students on different projects related to smoking cessation, mentoring vulnerable youth, and recovery from drug addiction.
In the past, I have worked for Radboud University Nijmegen's IQ Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, STIVORO Dutch Expert Centre on Tobacco Control, the Dutch Alliance for a Smokefree Society, and the study program Nutrition and Dietetics of the Hague University of Applied Sciences.
You can follow me and my work on my personal blog and on Twitter. I also have a blog website in Dutch about health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations, on which I post blogs myself and regularly ask guest bloggers to contribute.
In my leisure time, I enjoy going on vacation to the mountains of France, Spain or Greece together with my husband. Our favourite activities are skiing and canyoning. I also like to draw storybooks for children about mountaineering and canyoning.