Name / location of college or university:
1996-2000 Thesis, PhD degree, Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1987-1993 Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, Utrecht
University, located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Field of study: Clinical Psychology, two specialisations: 1) Health Psychology 2) Depression.
1981-1987 Gymnasium, Preparatory Scientific Education (VWO-Beta), Middelburg, The Netherlands.
1975-1981 Primary School, Sint Laurens, The Netherlands.
Research employments, professional experiences (committees, professional societies, awards, publications):
2008-present Program leader Diabetes & Hypertension, Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic diseases (CoRPS), Tilburg University
2000-2008 Senior researcher, Diabetes Research Group, EMGO
Institute, VU University Medical Center.
1996-2000 PhD-student (Promovendus) Department of Medical
Psychology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
1994-1996 Research Assistant, Department of Medical Psychology, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands.
2009-2013 Editorial Board Member of Diabetes Review Letters
2008-present Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation
2007-present Member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal
The Open General/Internal Medicine Journal
2007-present Chair of the EDID (European Depression in Diabetes)
2007-present Honorary Secretary of the FADDS (Fatty Acids in Diabetes, Depression and Schizophrenia) Study Group
2007-present Vice-chair of the Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes (PSAD) Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
2006-present Member of the Executive Committee of the Diabetes
Education Study Group (DESG).
2006-2008 Chair of the Dutch/Flemish PsychoSocial Aspects of
Diabetes Study group.
2004-present Member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Current Diabetes Reviews
2004-present Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Minami Nutrition, Belgium
2002-2006 Member of the University Council of the Vrije Universiteit
Ad hoc Reviewer for funding bodies, e.g.: Dutch Diabetes Research
Foundation, Medical Research Council, Ontario Mental
Health Foundation, Health-care Research Netherlands.
Ad hoc Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals: e.g. Diabetologia,
Diabetic Medicine, Diabetes Care, Diabetes Research and
Clinical Practice, Diabetes Metabolism Research and
Reviews, Quality of Life Research, Current Diabetes Reviews, Patient Education and Counselling, American Journal of Psychiatry.
2004-present Member of the Dutch Behavioural Medicine Federation
2001-present Member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty
Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL)
2000-present Member of the European Depression in Diabetes (EDID) Research Consortium
1997-present Member of the European Association for the Study of
1997-present Member of the Dutch Association of Diabetes Researchers
1997-present Member PSAD study group
2004 1st Novo Nordisk PSAD Research Award for excellent research into psychosocial aspects of diabetes
2002 2nd Dr J.F. Gerritzen Award for outstanding diabetes research
2007-now Course: Diabetes-specific emotional problems. Part of the course: Diabetes Care: psychological problems and treatments in diabetes mellitus. Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
2005-now Course: Psychosocial impact of diabetes and the complications of diabetes, Postgraduate Education in Diabetic Nursing Høgskolen i Bergen, Avdeling for helse- og sosialfag.
2006 Tutor during the 1-week course: Epidemiological research: design and interpretation (A010). Epidemiologisch onderzoek: opzet en interpretatie. Postinitieel Masteronderwijs Epidemiologie. Instituut voor Extramuraal Geneeskundig Onderzoek (EMGO Intituut). Afdeling Klinische Epidemiologie en Biostatistiek.
1996-2003 Communication skills for diabetes nurse specialists, Foundation for Specialist Nurse Education, Bunnik, The Netherlands
1994-2000 Communication courses 1st-4th year medical students, Medical
Faculty, Vrije Universiteit