In 2003, I completed my education as an occupational therapist at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Heerlen, The Netherlands. Additionally, I studied movement sciences at Maastricht University, which resulted in a masters degree (cum laude) in 2005.
In May 2011, I successfully defended my PhD-thesis entitled ‘Prevention of long-term sickness absence and major depression through early intervention’. This PhD-research project, which wasin the field of occupational health epidemiology, studied the efficacy of a preventive psychological intervention among employees of a large banking company in the Netherlands with mild depressive complaints and at high risk of future sickness absence. During the PhD research I received a masters degree in epidemiology.
Since May 2011, I have been working as a senior researcher at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences at the research centre Technology in Care. The research centre focuses on the application of innovative technology in long-term and complex care. The projects of the research centre cover different themes, such as assistive technology, robotics, monitoring, and also stimulation of physical activity and healthy lifestyle using innovative technology.