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Personal profile

Research interests

I am an epidemiologist and senior researcher with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Amsterdam UMC location VUmc.

I lead a small but ambitious centre of expertise on environmental determinants of physical activity, dietary behaviours and chronic disease riskin adults: 'the Upstream Team'. 

My research interests are in the individual and environmental determinants of lifestyle behaviours and chronic disease risk, in particular how they can be measured, how they interact and how they can be changed.

I obtained my PhD in 2011 with the thesis 'Efforts to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in primary care'. Before that I studied physiotherapy (University of Utrecht, finished 2002), Health science (VU University, finished 2004) and a two-year master Public Health Research (VU University, completed 2006).

As project leader I finished an NDF-funded research project focusing on the implementation of environmental changes to improve lifestyle behaviours in residents of underprivileged neighbourhoods. I coordinated SPOTLIGHT, an EU-FP7 funded project focusing on the sustainable prevention of obesity through integrated strategies. This project involved a consortium of 13 partners across 8 European countries.

I co-managed the Determinants of diet and physical activity knowledge hub (DEDIPAC KH) which was led by Prof. J. Brug. The DEDIPAC KH  consisted of about 300 researchers from multiple disciplines, originating from 68 research institutes across 13 European countries. It facilitated the integration and development of an infrastructure for research on determinants of diet and physical activity.

In the summer of 2017 we started a big national study on preventing cardiometabolic risk through nudging healthy eating and physical activity in supermarkets and through m-health (Supreme Nudge, please see projects or its dedicated website for more information).

Other projects we are currently running include ENDEAVOR, a project focusing on environmental determinants of lifestyle behaviors and risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and the JOGG evaluation for the province of Drenthe. In addition, together with Sanquin Donor Studies we are exploring the upstream determinants of lifestyle behaviours and donor blood quality.

We are just funded to set up the Policy Evaluation Network (PEN), a JPI similar to DEDIPAC but with a focus on identifying, benchmarking and evaluating policies related to dietary behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. I serve as vice-coordinator of this network, for which a total funding amount of about 4M Euros has been secured.

Take a look at our projects, the Upstream Team, and latest publications.

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Research Output

Associations of self-reported physical activity and anxiety symptoms and status among 7,874 Irish adults across harmonised datasets: A DEDIPAC-study

Mc Dowell, C. P., Carlin, A., Capranica, L., Dillon, C., Harrington, J. M., Lakerveld, J., Loyen, A., Ling, F. C. M., Brug, J., MacDonncha, C. & Herring, M. P., 20 Mar 2020, In : BMC Public Health. 20, 1, 365.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Field Validation of Commercially Available Food Retailer Data in the Netherlands

Canalia, C., Pinho, M. G. M., Lakerveld, J. & Mackenbach, J. D., 16 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 6, 1946.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Neighbourhood drivability: environmental and individual characteristics associated with car use across Europe

den Braver, N. R., Kok, J. G., Mackenbach, J. D., Rutter, H., Oppert, J-M., Compernolle, S., Twisk, J. W. R., Brug, J., Beulens, J. W. J. & Lakerveld, J., 17 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 17, 1, p. 8 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Recent changes in the Dutch foodscape - socioeconomic and urban-rural differences

Pinho, M. G. M., Mackenbach, J. D., den Braver, N. R., Beulens, J. J. W., Brug, J. & Lakerveld, J., 20 Mar 2020, In : The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity. 17, 1, p. 43 43.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access