Doctoral theses

2018

Preconception health and care: Perspectives from the reproductive-aged population in Flanders
Doctorandus: Joline Goossens
Promotors: prof. dr. Sofie Verhaeghe, prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman

Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD): the development and validation of measurement instruments
Doctorandus: Karen Van den Bussche
Promotors: prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman, prof. dr. Ann Van Hecke, prof. dr. Jan Kottner

Physical fitness as determinant of cardio-metabolic health in normal children and children with congenital heart disease
Doctorandus: Mahmoud Zaqout
Promotors: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw, prof. dr. Daniel De Wolf

Patient participation on nursing wards and the case of bedside shift report
Doctorandus: Simon Malfait
Promotors: prof. dr. Ann Van Hecke, prof. dr. Kristof Eeckloo, prof. dr. Wim Van Biesen

The importance of an active lifestyle: understanding and promoting physical activity and active transport in emerging adults
Doctorandus: Dorien Simons
Promotors: prof. dr. Benedicte Deforche, prof. dr. Peter Clarys, prof. dr. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

Economic evaluations of welfare interventions: from hurdles to implementation
Doctorandus: Hannah Verhoeven
Promotors: prof. dr. Steven Simoens, prof. dr. Lieven Annemans

The role of public open spaces for physical activity promotion among adolescents
Doctorandus: Linde Van Hecke
Promotors: prof. dr. Benedicte Deforche, prof. dr. Peter Clarys (VUB)

Agression and trangressive behaviour in care relationships between nurses and patients
Doctorandus: Tina Vandecasteele
Promotors: prof. dr. Sofie Verhaeghe, prof. dr. Ann Van Hecke

2017

Economic evaluations of welfare interventions: from hurdles to implementation
Doctorandus: Janne Schepers
Promotors: prof. dr. Steven Simoens, prof. dr. Lieven Annemans

Validity of the Assessment of Population Health and Use of Health Care in a National Health Interview Survey
Doctorandus: Johan Van der Heyden
Promotors: prof. dr. Koen Van Herck, prof. dr. Dirk De Bacquer

Diet quality, water intake and beverage consumption in European preschool children
Doctorandus: An-Sofie Pinket
Promotors: prof. dr. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, prof. dr. Benedicte Deforche

Children’s reward motivation, dietary habits and body composition changes
Doctoranda: Annelies De Decker
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw, dr. ir. Isabelle Sioen

Symptom assessment and care in older palliative cancer patients
Doctoranda: Aurélie Van Lancker
Promotors: prof. dr. Ann Van Hecke, prof. dr. Nele Van Den Noortgate, prof. dr. Sofie Verhaeghe

2016

Health economic evaluations in the continuum of chronic disease prevention
Doctoranda: Lore Pil
Promotors: prof. dr. Lieven Annemans, prof. dr. Koen Putman

Pulmonary tuberculosis case detection in a medium incidence middle-income country
Doctoranda: Larissa Otero
Promotors: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft, prof. dr. Carlos Seas

Dietary fiber and protein from plant and animal origin. Intake patterns in Europe and China and their association with body composition, socio-economic status and lifestyle during the period of 2002-2007
Doctoranda: Yi Lin
Promotors: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw, prof. dr. Inge Huybrechts

Enhancing care for urban poor living with chronic conditions: role of local health systems
Doctorandus: Upendra Bhojani
Promotors: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw, prof. dr. Patrick Kolsteren, dr. N. Devadasan

Determinants of alcohol use among students in higher education
Doctorandus: Joris Van Damme
Promotors: prof. dr. Els Clays, dr. Anne Hublet

Social capital and health in context
Doctorandus: Bart De Clercq
Promotors: prof. dr. Lutgart Braeckman, prof. em. dr. Lea Maes

Insights into children’s cycling for transport: a socio-ecological approach
Doctoranda: Ariane Ghekiere
Promotors: prof. dr. Benedicte Deforche, prof. dr. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, prof. dr. Peter Clarys

2015

Job quality in relation to health and attendance behavior
Doctoranda: dr. Heidi Janssens
Promotors: prof. dr. Lutgart Braeckman, prof. dr. Els Clays

Oncologische zorg in multicultureel Vlaanderen. Ervaringen van zorgverleners en beleving van familieleden
Doctoranda: Ineke van Eechoud
Promotors: prof. dr. Sofie Verhaeghe, prof. dr. Johan Leman; supervisor: em. prof. dr. Mieke Grypdonck

Insights into the complex interplay between the environment and physical activity behaviours among community-dwelling older adults
Doctorandus: Jelle Van Cauwenberg
Promotors: prof. dr. Benedicte Deforche, prof. dr. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, prof. dr. Peter Clarys

Adherence to oral anticancer drugs. Influencing factors and underlying processes
Doctorandus: Mathieu Verbrugghe
Promotor: prof. dr. Ann Van Hecke, prof. dr. Sofie Verhaeghe

Disclosing implementation, replication and diffusion processes of an empowerment strategy for dengue prevention and control
Doctorandus: dr. Dennis Pérez Chacón
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft, prof. María del Carmen Zabala Argüelles

Female gender in acute cardiac care
Doctoranda: Sofie Gevaert
Promotor: prof. dr. Dirk De Bacquer, prof. Johan De Sutter

2014

Phthalates in the food chain. Measuring and modelling human exposure and impact on public health
Doctoranda: Tine Fierens
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw, dr. Mirja van Holderbeke

Pressure ulcers: predictive factors, prevention, and costs
Doctoranda: Liesbet Demarré
Promotor: prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman, prof. dr. Lieven Annemans 

Effect and implementation research in the prevention of obesity : a practice based research approach in Flanders (abstract)
Doctoranda: Veerle Dubuy
Promotor: prof. dr. Greet Cardon, prof. dr. Lea Maes 

Measuring the impact of vaccination programmes on clinical disease. A conceptual approach and methodological challenges 
Doctoranda: dr. Germaine Hanquet
Promotor: prof. dr. Koen Van Herck 

Methodological aspects of dietary intake assessment in food consumption surveys: from a national to an international level 
Doctorandus: Willem De Keyzer
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw 

Understanding and changing overweight-related behaviours in children. Focus on social inequalities (abstract)
Doctoranda: Valerie De Coen
Promotor: prof. dr. Lea Maes 

Physician-Hospital Alignment: Economic, Administrative and Professional Aspects
Doctorandus: Jeroen Trybou
Promotor: prof. dr. Paul Gemmel, prof. dr. Lieven Annemans 

Health-Related Quality of Life and Psychological Distress in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease 
Doctoranda: Delphine De Smedt
Promotor: prof. dr. Dirk De Bacquer

2013

The effect of chronic psychosocial stress on children's health behaviour and body fatness
Doctoranda: Nathalie Michels
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw 

Fatty acid status in adolescents. Interplay between diet and genes (abstract)
Doctoranda: Krishna Vyncke
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw 

The effect of chronic stress on body composition and mineral status among children. Use of hair as a biological matrix 
Doctoranda: Barbara Vanaelst
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

Epidemiology of Mycoplasma genitalium infection among female sex workers in Uganda
Doctoranda: dr. Judith Vandepitte
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a health promotion intervention targeting physical activity and healthy eating in individuals with mental
Doctorandus: Nick Verhaeghe
Promotor: prof. dr. Lieven Annemans

Dengue control: the cost of routine programmes, the incremental cost of insecticide treated curtain implementation and the cost effectiveness of involving the community
Doctorandus: dr. Alberto Baly Gil
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Assessment of clinical and laboratory tools for the diagnosis of smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis in resource-constrained settings
Doctorandus: Alonso Ricardo Soto Tarazona
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft 

2012

The role of parents in childhood obesity prevention
Doctoranda: Wendy Van Lippevelde
Promotor: prof. dr. Lea Maes

Stress and obesity in European adolescents. Findings from the HELENA study 
Doctoranda: Tineke De Vriendt
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

Community based dengue control: from formative research to evidence based policy recommendations
Doctoranda: dr. Maria Romani Toledo
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Main Characteristics of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Patients Interested in the Use of a Telemonitoring Platform (abstract)
Doctoranda: Heidi Buysse
Promotor: prof. dr. Georges De Moor

Community health insurance contributes to universal health coverage in India
Doctorandus: dr. Narayanan Devadasan
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft 

2011

Dengue vector control: the effectiveness of community based environmental management and insecticide treated materials (abstract)
Doctoranda: dr. Veerle Vanlerberghe
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Community health insurance in Uganda: status, obstacles and prospects
Doctorandus: dr. Robert Basaza
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Ulcer Prevention: Evidence-based tool development and tailored protocol implementation to improve clinical practice
Doctorandus: Dimitri Beeckman
Promotor: prof. dr. Tom Defloor

2010

Strengthening public health systems: an analysis of global trends and counter-praxis in Cuba
Doctorandus: dr. Pol De Vos
Promotor: Prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Adherence to leg ulcer lifestyle advice. The development of a nursing intervention to enhance adherence in leg ulcer patients
Doctoranda: Ann Van Hecke
Promotor: Prof. dr. Tom Defloor

2009

Piloting new interventions for tuberculosis control in Indonesia
Doctorandus: dr. Yodi Mahendradhata
Promotor: Prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Linking sexual reproductive health and HIV services: From needs to feasibility and evidence of benefits
Doctoranda: dr. Thérèse Delvaux
Promotor: Prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Epidemiology and Control of Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever Epidemics in Central Africa
Doctorandus: dr. Matthias Borchert
Promotor: Prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

2008

Efficient and sustainable control of West African sleeping sickness
Doctorandus: dr. Jo Robays
Promotor: Prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Nutrition-Related Behaviours Among Palestinian Adolescents. Findings from the National Study of Palestinian Health Behaviour in Schoolchildren
Doctoranda: Haleama Al Sabbah
Promotor: prof. dr. Lea Maes

Environmental and individual influences on smoking in young people. Findings from the international HBSC study
Doctoranda: Anne Hublet
Promotor: prof. dr. Lea Maes

Dietary exposure to xenobiotics. A public health perspective
Doctoranda: Maaike Bilau
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

Dietary habits in preschool children as a basis for the development of a methodological framework for future dietary surveillance
Doctoranda: Inge Huybrechts
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

2007

The nutritional-toxicological conflict related to seafood consumption
Doctoranda: ir. Isabelle Sioen
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

Public health aspects of iron intake and iron status
Doctoranda: Ilse Pynaert
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

Psychosocial job stress in relation to health
Doctoranda: Els Clays
Promotor: prof. dr. Guy De Backer

De confrontatie met traumatisch coma. Een onderzoek naar de beleving van familieleden
Doctoranda: Sofie Verhaeghe
Promotor: prof. dr. Tom Defloor

2006

Het effect van drukreducerende maatregelen op het ontstaan van decubitus. Een bijdrage tot een evidence based verpleegkundige praktijkvoering
Doctoranda: Katrien Vanderwee
Promotor: prof. dr. Tom Defloor

The Adolescents' Diet from a Public Health Perspective
Doctorandus: ir. Christophe Matthys
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

Kala-azar in Nepal: from clinical evidence to control
Doctorandus: dr. Suman Rijal
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Operational research for effective and integrated tuberculosis control
Doctoranda: dr. Marie-Laurence Lambert
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

2005

Environmental Influences on Young Adolescents' Food Habits. Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Childeren Study
Doctoranda: Carine Vereecken
Promotor: prof. dr. Lea Maes

2004

Specific health services for sex workers: from theory to practice
Doctorandus: dr. Rudolf Mak
Promotor: prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw

Public Health Importance of Neurolathyrism and Epidemiological Risk Factors: Evidence from Ethopia
Doctorandus: dr. Haileyesus Getahun
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Microbicides as a female controlled method for HIV prevention
Doctoranda: dr. Lut Van Damme
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

Strategies for the control of sexually transmitted infections in women in developing countries
Doctorandus: dr. Bea Vuylsteke
Promotor: prof. dr. Patrick Van der Stuyft

2003

Job stress and health: cross-sectional findings from the BelStress study
Doctorandus: dr. Edwin Pelfrene
Promotor: prof. dr. Guy De Backer