I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Research group (EPHIR) at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. Originally from The Netherlands, I received my PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine from Erasmus University in Rotterdam where I worked on research projects studying physical activity in people with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities. My previous research prompted my interest in physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour at a broader population level.
- 2015: PhD degree in Rehabilitation Medicine, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- 2009: Master degree in Human Movement Sciences (Cum Laude), VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The aim of my research is to increase our knowledge base on physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour and to contribute to the development of effective interventions.
Currently, I am working with data from a large longitudinal population-based cohort identifying predictors of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour. Furthermore, I am studying physical activity interventions in overweight or obese children and I am involved in a project on reducing office-work related sedentary behaviour.
A more active lifestyle in persons with a recent spinal cord injury benefits physical fitness and health
Spinal cord 2012;50(4):320-3
Validation of the Physical Activity Scale for individuals with physical disabilities
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2011;92(6):923-8
Energy expenditure of stroke patients during postural control tasks
GAIT & POSTURE 2010;32(3):321-6
Gait quality is improved by locomotor training in individuals with SCI regardless of training approach
JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION 2009;:36-