A good understanding of the status of sexual health forms the basis of our work.
As manager of research I am responsible for the programming and execution of research for Rutgers in the Netherlands and Europe: quantitative (monitoring) research, qualitative research, registration research, effect studies and theoretical justification of interventions. I manage a team of researchers and am responsible for the quality of the research. As well as this I am responsible for our research results reaching the relevant professionals needing this research knowledge in order to do their work in the area of sexual health.
I studied social psychology and demography and obtained a PhD at the University of Amsterdam for a thesis on the decision-making process of older women who become mothers. I have been working for Rutgers since 2003, first as senior researcher on the themes of contraception, teenage pregnancy and abortion.
I later became head of the Programme on Contraception and Abortion. Since 2010 I have worked more in a general capacity as manager of research. Improving the quality of practice-based research and disseminating our research knowledge in various ways are key responsibilities of my work.
I am a member of the platform STIs and Sexual Health (Soa en Seksuele gezondheid) and referent for the scientific magazine Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology.