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Research interests

I am University Research Chair professor at Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc) in Amsterdam. In my research I take a true translational approach from science to society by combining my scientific expertise in human movement science and epidemiology resulting in innovative studies in real-world situations. My research focuses on determinants and health consequences of physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) in youth, with a strong interest in underlying mechanisms and innovations in risk factor research. I am acknowledged for my innovations in methodology (e.g. mediation analyses, participatory action methods with children). Recently I developed novel analytical methods of accelerometer data providing detailed, unique information on SB and PA patterns.

I chair the section ‘Child Health & Care Research’ within Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc). I am vice-chair of the Academic Collaborative Center ´Child Public Health´, a fruitful collaboration between VU University Medical Center and five Municipal Health Services in North-Holland aiming to improve evidence-based Child Health Care practice. In addition, I have been chosen as one of the two programme directors of the research program Health Behaviours and Chronic Diseases of the Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, an alliance between AMC and VU/VUmc. Furthermore, I am currently serving my two-year term as President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Wageningen University

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Research Output 2008 2019

Associations between overweight and mental health problems among adolescents, and the mediating role of victimization

van Vuuren, C. L., Wachter, G. G., Veenstra, R., Rijnhart, J. J. M., van der Wal, M. F., Chinapaw, M. J. M. & Busch, V., 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 1, 612.

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Examining accelerometer validity for estimating physical activity in pre-schoolers during free-living activity

Dobell, A. P., Eyre, E. L. J., Tallis, J., Chinapaw, M. J. M., Altenburg, T. M. & Duncan, M. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Framework, principles and recommendations for utilising participatory methodologies in the co-creation and evaluation of public health interventions

GrandStand SafeStep Teenage Girls on the Move Research Groups, 2019, In : Research Involvement and Engagement. 5, 1, 2.

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From Total Volume to Sequence Maps: Sophisticated Accelerometer Data Analysis

Chinapaw, M. J., Wang, X., Andersen, L. B. & Altenburg, T. M., 2019, In : Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 51, 4, p. 814-820

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Kids in Action: The protocol of a Youth Participatory Action Research project to promote physical activity and dietary behaviour

Anselma, M., Altenburg, T. & Chinapaw, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 3, e025584.

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Open Access

Activities 2006 2019

Press / Media

Het tackelen van overgewicht begint al op het speelplein

Mai Chinapaw

25/02/2019

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Press/Media: Expert Comment

Hoe gezond is de Amsterdammer?

Mai Chinapaw

09/06/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Waarom in Amsterdam wel minder kinderen met overgewicht zijn

Mai Chinapaw

01/06/2018

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Press/Media: Interview

Wat doen al die schermen met je kinderen?

Mai Chinapaw

23/02/2018

1 media contribution

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Energiedrank verdwijnt uit Noord-Hollandse ziekenhuizen

Mai Chinapaw

10/02/2018

1 media contribution

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