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Iris van der Heide, PhD
Senior researcher research unit Primary Care


As a researcher in the research unit Primary Care I mainly focus on European research projects in health and healthcare. My knowledge and expertise are mainly in the field of health inequalities, access to care and support among vulnerable groups, diversity, health literacy.



2020 – present: Senior researcher research unit Primary Care at Nivel
Field of research: international comparative research on various health and care related topics

2017-2020: Senior researcher Nursing Care and Elderly Care at Nivel
Field of research: dementia care

2017: Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
Field of research: health literacy among people with asthma or COPD.

2016: Postdoctoral researcher at Coronel Institute for Work and Health, AMC, UvA
Field of research: return to work after cancer and chronic diseases.

2014 – 2016: Researcher (postdoc) at Nivel
Field of research: integrated and person-centered care for people with multimorbidity in Europe (ICARE4EU project) and health literacy (including HEALIT4EU project).

2011 – 2014: Junior researcher (PhD candidate) at RIVM/Nivel
Field of research: public health, including research on health literacy
2011 – 2015: PhD Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam
2009 – 2010: Master Communication studies (cum laude), Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University
2006 – 2009: Bachelor Communication- and Information Sciences, Minor in General Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences / Humanities, Utrecht University