During my PhD, I became intrigued by the observation that some people can have an alcoholic drink one evening and do not drink the next, while others develop into problematic use quite easily. This led to my exploration of risk factors for substance related disorders, and eventually my dissertation. My special interest has been the examination of new statistical methods to extract results from existing databases.
When I finished my PhD, I got a postdoc position at the VU university in Amsterdam, where I had the opportunity to explore one of the most striking results from my PhD, the protective effect of stimulant medication on SUDs, further. Here I explored the use of network analysis on pharmacy data, to detect patterns of use associated with functional outcomes. Furthermore, I explored meta-analysis techniques and gained experience teaching.
Until then, I mostly had experience working with longitudinal observational cohorts. However, I wanted to familiarize myself with randomized controlled trials, as they are often referred to as the golden standard of causal evidence. I got a postdoc at the UMCG to set up an individualized participant data meta-analysis focussing on psychosocial treatment for ADHD.
PhD in Medical Science, 2015
Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen
MSc in Cognitive neuropsychology, 2010
VU University, Amsterdam
Under the umbrella of PAINT, four research projects will be performed looking at the effects of psychosocial interventions for ADHD
Children with mental health problems need effective healthcare to grow up into healthy adults. However, what exactly defines as cost-effective mental health care for children is still unclear.