2004-present Program leader, Mental health program, EMGO Institute, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam
2004-present Scientific Director, Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA)
2000-2003 Director, Geriatric Research Center, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC.
2001 Consultant for the working group on ‘Prevention of disability in frail older persons’. Meeting in Florence, Italy.
2001 Consultant in Healthy Brain Aging workshop, a NIH appointed advisory panel, co-sponsored by National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Honors and Awards
2006 Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
2005 Member, The Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts.
2000 Fellowship, Brookdale Foundation Leadership on Aging award, Brookdale Foundation, New York.
1988 Epidemioloog B (registered senior epidemiologist) by the Netherlands Society of Epidemiology
1997 EMGO-Award from the VU University, for best scientific article in 1997.
1996 Stipend, Niels Stensen Stichting Amsterdam for a visiting fellowship at the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, MD, USA ($0.1 million) in 1996.
1994 Scholarship award obtained from Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to attend the Epidemiology Summer School, New England Epidemiology Institute, Boston MA, USA.
1994 'Dittmer fund' award from VU University for attending the Epidemiology Summer School, New England Epidemiology Institute, Boston MA, USA.
Netherlands Society of Epidemiology (1992 - present)
Dutch Federation of Medical Scientific Societies (1992 - present)
Gerontological Society of America (1996 - present)
American Psychosomatic Medicine Association (2006-present)
Young Academy, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts (2005-2011)
‘Mental Health Research’, research master course in biomedical sciences, 200 credit hours, VU University, 2009
‘Psychiatric Epidemiology’, Postdoctoral Education Epidemiology (POE), VU University Medical Center, 2007, 2008, 2009
‘Psychosomatic Medicine’, Course in honours program for excellent interdisciplinary students, 200 credit hours, VU University Amsterdam, February-March 2008.
‘Social environment and health’, Postdoctoral education, Netherlands Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences (NIHES), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2005-2008.
Geriatrics Fellows training on ‘Physical health consequences of late-life depression’, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in 2002, 2003, 2005.
'Population Health and Epidemiology', Wake Forest University School of Medicine 20 credit hours for medical students, 2001 - 2003.
Journal club for fellows, Section Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2000 - 2003, one hour bi-weekly.
'Basic principals in epidemiologic research'. Post Doctoral Training Program in Epidemiology. VU University, 40 credit hours, 8 students, 1999.
'Logistic regression and survival analyses'. Post Doctoral Training Program in Epidemiology. VU University, 40 credit hours, 10 students, 1996 and 1998.
'Basics of Biostatistics'. Post Doctoral Training Program in Epidemiology. VU University, 10 credit hours, 30 students, 1996.
Supervision of PH.D students
Graziano Onder, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, Graduated in April 2002. Thesis: ACE-inhibitors and physical decline in old age.
Arlette Hesselink, Vrije University. Graduated on October 17, 2003. Thesis: Educating asthma and COPD patients in general practice.
Matteo Cesari, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, Graduated in November 2004. Thesis: Inflammation and cardiovascular disease in old age.
Bianca Schalk, Vrije University. Graduated on February 11, 2005. Thesis: Albumin and physical health decline in old age.
Coen van Gool, University of Maastricht. Graduated on June 10, 2005. Thesis: The course of chronic disease, depression, and health behavior in longitudinal perspective. Findings concerning the epidemiology of aging.
Annemarie Koster, University of Maastricht. Graduated on December 22, 2005. Thesis: Socioeconomic health differences in old age: Unraveling the roles of biomedical, behavioral and psychosocial factors.
Inger Plaisier, VU University. Graduated on November 26, 2009. Thesis: Mental health and work: studies on the role of gender, social roles and work characteristics.
Nicole Vogelzangs, VU University. Graduated on April 23, 2010. Thesis: Depression and the metabolic syndrome.
Lotte Gerritsen, Utrecht University Medical Center, Graduated on May 18, 2010. Topic: Stress, the brain and cognition.
Carmilla Licht, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Graduation on October 15, 2010. Topic: Depressive and anxiety disorders and the autonomic nervous system.
Sophie Vreeburg, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Graduation on October 22, 2010. Topic: Depressive and anxiety disorders and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
Currently Active PhD-trajectories (Role: Promotor)
Arianne van Reedt-Dortland, Leiden University, 2006-2011. Topic: Metabolic syndrome and psychopathology.
Didi Rhebergen, VU University, 2005-2011. Topic: Dysthymia.
Jeroen van Zanten, VU University, 2006-2011. Topic: Gene-expression profiles in depressed patients.
Pierre Bet, VU University, 2005-2011. Topic: Pharmcogenetic determinants of psychopathology.
2004 Isabella Bischop, VU University; Max Stek, VU University
2005 Marleen Hermens, VU University; David Vinkers, Leiden University; Nina Kupper, Vrije University
2006 Christel Middeldorp, Vrije University; Anneke van Schaik, VU University; Marjolein Kamphuis, University Utrecht
2007 Koen van der Kooy, VU University; Wendelien Merens, Leiden University
2008 Els Licht, VU University; Miriam Knol, University Utrecht; Sannie Hamerlynck, VU University; Marijke Bremmer, VU University; Kristen Kaptein, University of Groningen.
2009 Marit Tanke, University of Groningen; Jasper Nuijen, VU University; Ceren Acarturk, VU University; Jaap Peen, VU University; Maaike Verhagen, Radboud University Nijmegen; Geeske Peeters, VU University; Iris Lepolder, VU University.
2010 Neeltje Batelaan, VU University; Peter Meulenbeek, VU University; Gerthe Veen, Leiden University; Arnoud Knoops, University Utrecht; Esther Bouma, University of Groningen; Lannie Ligthart, VU University; Lisanne Warmerdam, VU University.
Member of the Editorial Boards of the:
Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences (2005 – current)
European Journal of Aging (2005 – current)
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2006 - current)
In addition, peer reviewer for many (>25) different medical journals.