D.A. (Daphne) van Wees MSc

D.A. (Daphne) van Wees MSc

Assistant Professor
D.A. (Daphne) van Wees MSc
  • Department of Epidemiology



Daphne van Wees (1991) graduated from the VU University in Amsterdam with a Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences (specialization Infectious Diseases and Public Health) in July 2015. She completed her master thesis about the influence of climate, economic wealth and sanitation practices on the incidence and seasonality of infectious diarrhoea at the Biomedical Research department of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. In December 2019, she finished her PhD project at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), where she worked on combining epidemiology, behavioural sciences and mathematical modelling to study the link between behavioural and psychological characteristics, and chlamydia (re-)infection. She succesfully defended her PhD thesis at Utrecht University in December 2020. In February 2020, she started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care. She is currently working on projects into sexual behaviour episodes associated with increased HIV risk among MSM, and estimating the impact of PrEP on sexual behaviour and sexually transmitted infections in the MSM population (in collaboration with RIVM and GGD Amsterdam). She started working at the RIVM again in September 2020 as an epidemiologist/behavioural scientist. Here, she is currently working on both epidemiology and behavioural science-based research projects into infectious disease transmission, such as STI, HIV, and COVID-19, and contributes to national STI/HIV surveillance. 

Research Output (7)

The impact of STI test results and face-to-face consultations on subsequent behavior and psychological characteristics

van Wees Daphne A., Drissen Meggie M.C.M., den Daas Chantal, Heijman Titia, Kretzschmar Mirjam E.E., Heijne Janneke C.M. okt 2020, In: Preventive Medicine. 139 , p. 1-8

Longitudinal Patterns of Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk Based on Psychological Characteristics and Sexual Behavior in Heterosexual Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic Visitors

van Wees Daphne A, Heijne Janneke C M, Basten Maartje, Heijman Titia, de Wit John, Kretzschmar Mirjam E E, den Daas Chantal mrt 2020, In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 47 , p. 171-176 6 p.

A Multidimensional Approach to Assessing Infectious Disease Risk:Identifying Risk Classes Based on Psychological Characteristics

van Wees Daphne A., Heijne Janneke C.M., Heijman Titia, Kampman Karlijn C.J.G., Westra Karin, de Vries Anne, de Wit John, Kretzschmar Mirjam E.E., den Daas Chantal 1 sep 2019, In: American Journal of Epidemiology. 188 , p. 1705-1712 8 p.

Who drops out and when?:Predictors of non-response and loss to follow-up in a longitudinal cohort study among STI clinic visitors

van Wees Daphne A, den Daas Chantal, Kretzschmar Mirjam E E, Heijne Janneke C M 1 jun 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14

Study protocol of the iMPaCT project:a longitudinal cohort study assessing psychological determinants, sexual behaviour and chlamydia (re)infections in heterosexual STI clinic visitors

van Wees Daphne A., Heijne Janneke C.M., Heijman Titia, Kampman Karlijn C.J.G., Westra Karin, de Vries Anne, Kretzschmar Mirjam E.E., den Daas Chantal 13 nov 2018, In: BMC Infectious Diseases. 18 11 p.

Double trouble:modelling the impact of low risk perception and high-risk sexual behaviour on chlamydia transmission

van Wees Daphne A., Daas Chantal den, Kretzschmar Mirjam E.E., Heijne Janneke C.M. 1 jan 2018, In: Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 15

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