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My research interests are centered on the social determinants of mental health, in particular psychotic disorder. My work includes studies on incidence and prevalence patterns of psychosis among ethnic minority populations in Europe and the U.S. I am also interested in understanding underlying mediating mechanisms at the cognitive, behavioral and neural level using a combination of epidemiological and experimental study designs. 

Another line of my work evolves around pathways to care and outcomes for people in comprehensive early intervention services for psychosis. I also have a deep interest in global mental health research and am involved in several studies that aim to address mental health inequities between high- and low-income countries. 

The overarching aim of my work is to uncover disparities in the occurrence and treatment outcomes of psychopathology across populations. My research seeks to inform public health interventions for improving mental health at the population level and identifies targets for early and more effective intervention for mental health problems. 

Projects I am currently involved in:

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I teach the following VU course:

Epidemiological Research in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (Research Master Clinical Developmental Psychology)

Additionally, I am a guest lecturer for various courses, including Psychopathology (RMCDP), Current Issues in Psychopathology (Honours Program) and Neuropsychologische Interventies. I also supervise clinical internships of students in the Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychology master programs. 




Ancillary activities

  • Dokters van de Wereld | Médecins de Monde | Amsterdam | Medewerker | 2020-11-12 - present
  • ARQ Nationaal Psychotrauma Centrum | Diemen | GZ-Psycholoog | 2022-09-14 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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