Acknowledging and naming mutual differences does justice to everyone.
My expertise in the departments of Programmes in the Netherlands and Research is health promotion of lesbian women, gay men, bi-sexuals and transgenders (LGBTs). I employ my knowledge and expertise in research and interventions in the fields of education, health care and welfare. I find it crucial to focus structural attention to sexual and gender diversity in Dutch health care that is based upon findings in the varied group of LGBTs.
I have worked at Rutgers since 2012 after having been consultant at Schorer, Expert Centre on Homosexuality and Health, for many years. I have experience both as practitioner and manager, was coordinator of a Buddy Project, an extensive network of volunteers providing care to HIV-positive, gay men. I was manager Counselling and Prevention and also senior consultant and project manager.
These past few years I have mainly been involved in the HIV/STI prevention programmes for gay men, nationally as well as internationally. Nowadays, I concern myself with promoting the sexual health of LGBTs. Recently, Rutgers published the research report A World of Difference (April 2014) that I commissioned, co-authored and edited. This study draws a unique picture of the sexual health of LGBTs and all relevant factors.
In addition, I am busy building a network of counsellors, researchers and policy makers to promote knowledge transfer, cooperation and project development. I contribute to making interventions LGBT-inclusive, in the field of education and public information. I write publications, reports and research programmes.
Extra-curricular activities include my work as a volunteer in a psychiatric institution having trained as clinical psychologist.