Dr Richard Prins

photorickCareer Development Fellow

Richard has now left CEDAR. For information about his work here, please contact David Ogilvie.

Qualifications

  • PhD Public Health – Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • MSc Health Sciences – Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • MSc Human Movement Sciences – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Background and experience
In 2006 Rick started as a PhD student at the Department of Public Health of the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam (Netherlands). His PhD thesis focused on physical and social environmental influences on physical activity among adolescents. He studied this by conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal observational studies and by developing and evaluating a computer tailored intervention to increase physical activity among adolescents. In this intervention both motivational and perceived environmental factors were targeted. Rick is particularly interested in the interplay between individual and environmental factors in relation to physical activity behaviour.

During the final stages of his PhD project, Rick successfully applied for a grant to evaluate the impact of minimal physical and social  environmental changes on walking behaviour among older adults living in deprived neighbourhoods. After his PhD, he continued to work at the Department of Public Health of the Erasmus University Medical Center on this project and on a project on the impact of the environment on frail elderly.

Work at CEDAR
Rick worked as a Career Development Fellow within the Physical Activity and Public Health group, led by David Ogilvie. His research focused on evaluating and understanding the effects of environmental and policy interventions on physical activity.

Publications