As Director of Analysis, Josefien leads a team of six researchers who use quantitative methods to investigate complex societal issues. Josefien joined NatCen from the University of Amsterdam where she was Assistant Director at the Centre for Urban Mental Health. Prior to that she was Head of Research at the Mental Health Foundation. In both roles she led research teams, designed and managed research studies and innovated in analysis methods, co-production and research communication.
Her previous research ranges from understanding what works for whom for preventing the onset and relapse of depression and anxiety to exploring the social and psychological factors that affect the development of mental health problems. She also worked with the Justice Data Lab to identify predictors of reoffending for prisoners in substance misuse treatment. She has a degree in Psychology (BSc. University of Groningen), Mental Health Sciences (MSc. King’s College London) and Clinical Psychology and Public Mental Health (PhD. University of Amsterdam). Josefien is a member of the consortium for the prevention of depression and co-ordinates the International Taskforce for preventing relapse of depression.