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- Research Associate
- Epidemiology & Public Health
- Institute of Epidemiology & Health
- Faculty of Population Health Sciences
After graduating from high school, I studied social work first (Ghent, 2002-5) and sociology afterwards (Brussels, 2005-8). During my training and apprenticeship as a social worker I came into contact with both the theoretical background and real-life implications of social inequalities. The implications for people's physical and mental health in particular struck a chord, steering me towards social epidemiology. In October 2008 I started a PhD on ethnic differences in type 2 diabetes morbidity and mortality which I successfully defended in 2011.
My main research interest is ethnic, gender and socioeconomic inequalities in health and mortality. Other favourite topics of mine are statistics, research methodology and measurement of social inequalities.
Thus far most of my research has focused on ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in type 2 diabetes, with special interest in the intersection of social positions.
More recently I have been involved in projects examining social inequalities in cancer (Research Foundation - Flanders), inequalities in elderly populations (CHANCES project), and health and mortality in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (HAPIEE study).
I took up teaching from the very beginning of my PhD. Most of my teaching responsibilities have been in statistics both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with topics ranging from basic medical statistics to more advanced techniques such as survival and multilevel analysis. Currently, I am also involved in social epidemiology teaching.
|2011||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy||Vrije Universiteit Brussel|
|2008||MSOCSCI||Master of Social Science||Vrije Universiteit Brussel|
|2007||BSocSci||Bachelor of Social Sciences||Vrije Universiteit Brussel|
|2005||BSocSci||Bachelor of Social Sciences||Hogeschool Gent|