Sofie Kuppens joined the Socio-Medical Sciences Research Group of the Erasmus School of Health Policicy & Management (ESHPM) as an Assistant Professor in August 2016. She holds a PhD in Clinical Child and Family Studies (2008) from the KU Leuven (Belgium). Afterwards she was a FWO fellow at KU Leuven and a Visiting Research Scientist at Harvard University (JBCC/Harvard Medical School). From 2011 onwards, she held positions as a Visiting Assistant Professor at VU University Amsterdam (2011-2013) and a Research Manager Welfare & Health Care at HIVA-KU Leuven (2013-2016). Currently she is also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care | Centre for Sociological Research of the KU Leuven.
Sofie conducts research on (mental) health, wellbeing and optimizing care from a biopsychosocial perspective, with a particular focus on young people. She has published widely in journals related to youth development, (mental) health and care. Her research has been supported by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO); the Flemish Department of Welfare, Public Health & Family; the Directorate-General for Disabled Persons; and other funding bodies.
Sofie has a solid expertise in methodology and statistics (MSc Statistics) and teaches courses in this area. She also aims to promote the application of innovative methods and techniques in substantive research. From 2013-2015 she served as a coordinator of Flanders Training Network in Methodology and Statistics (FLAMES), which aims to stimulate best practices in methodology and statistics.