Welcome Astrid Janssens

New Associate Professor in Unit for User Perspectives

On the first of December 2018, Astrid Janssens joined the Research Unit for User Perspectives at the Institute of Health Research. She has a background in psychology (Belgium and Italy) and anthropology (France) and completed her PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences.
Her research activities are focused on improving health care experiences of young people and aimed to improve their mental health and wellbeing. She takes a transdisciplinary approach to explore and identify what defines (mental) health and to create the necessary conditions to equal health care and to active patient participation in health care and health research.
Her projects extend from the study and evaluation of health service organisation and delivery; patterns of service use and access of services; and development of service models and interventions directly with patients and key health care stakeholders.
She has broad experience with a variety of health services research methods. Her methodological interests include mixed method studies; qualitative work, particularly with young people and service providers; Delphi surveys; surveillance and epidemiological studies; and appraisal and use of patient reported outcomes.
She will be involved in the delivery of the modules: patient and society, humanistic research approach within health science and user involvement in health practice and research. She kindly invites researchers, master or thesis students who would like to conduct their work in English to approach her to discuss potential collaboration.