Associate Professor, Unit of User Perspectives, University of Southern Denmark
Honorary Associate Professor, University of Exeter Medical School, United Kingdom
Astrid has a background in psychology and anthropology and completed her PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Antwerpen, Belgium.
Her research activities focus on improving health care experiences of young people and aim to improve their mental health and wellbeing. She takes a transdisciplinary approach to explore and identify what defines (mental) health as well as to create the necessary conditions for equal health care and 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; Delphi surveys; surveillance and epidemiological studies, and patient reported outcomes.
Before moving to Denmark, Astrid worked at the University of Exeter Medical School for seven years where she was member of the Institute of Health Research which has a long history of involving patients and clinicians in health research. Astrid was member of the renowned Patient and Public Involvement Team where she used innovative methods to ensure meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement weere embedded in all steps of the research cycle.
At SDU she is module lead for Patient and Society and contributes to modules such as humanistic research approach within health science and user involvement in health practice and research.