Mai Chin A Paw


I am University Research Chair professor at Amsterdam University Medical Centers. In my research I take a true translational approach from science to society by combining my scientific expertise in human movement science and epidemiology resulting in innovative studies in real-world situations. My research focuses on determinants and health consequences of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in youth, with a strong interest in underlying mechanisms and innovations in risk factor research. I am acknowledged for my innovations in methodology (e.g. mediation analyses, participatory action methods with children). Recently I developed novel analytical methods of accelerometer data providing detailed, unique information on SB and PA patterns.I am chair of the section ‘Child Health & Care Research’ and the Academic Collaborative Center ´Child Public Health´, a fruitful collaboration between Amsterdam University Medical Centers and five Municipal Health Services in North-Holland aiming to improve evidence-based Child Health Care practice. In addition, I have been chosen as one of the two program directors of the research program Health Behaviours and Chronic Diseases of the Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute.

I am involved in teaching for students in Medicine, Health Sciences, and Epidemiology. I am member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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