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  • Omdichter | Utrecht | Eigenaar | 2020-12-10 - present

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How can health behavior be guided, both consciously and unconsciously? This question led me to follow the master’s program in Health Psychology at Utrecht University. I focused both my thesis and internship on the topic of food literacy, and subsequently new research questions arose.

Currently, I aim to contribute to the answers as a PhD student in the SMARTsize@Work project. The goal is to enable attractive, feasible, and evidence-based health promotion interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged employees. In this project we design, implement and evaluate a lifestyle intervention while using quantitative and qualitative research methods. One of the key principles is guiding health behavior at individual and environmental levels, reflecting the conscious and unconscious pathways of health behavior change respectively.

Throughout my PhD program, I have developed a broad interest in topics at the intersection of health behavior, socioeconomic inequity, and literacy. The question that mainly raises my curiosity now is: What are the mechanisms of health behavior and how are they related to socioeconomic health inequities? I hope this question will continue to broaden and deepen during this research journey, resulting in even more food for thought. 

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 4 - Quality Education

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  • Nudging
  • Weight management
  • Company cafeteria
  • Portion size
  • Socio-economical health inequalities
  • Implementation


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