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Hilde van der Aa

Hilde van der Aa is a senior researcher at the Low Vision Research group of the Ophthalmology department of the VU University Medical Centre and the Amsterdam Public Health (APH) research Institute. She is currently performing an RCT on the cost-effectiveness of an e-mental health intervention for patients with retinal exudative diseases who receive intra-ocular anti-VEGF injections. In addition, she participates as a member of the science and quality committee of the APH research Institute.

Short biography
From 2003 to 2007 she studied Social Work at Fontys in Eindhoven. After that, she worked as a social worker at the LevGroep in Helmond for almost five years. In addition, she studied Health Sciences at Maastricht University. In 2011 she completed the Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion. In 2012 she started her PhD research on “Stepped-care to reduce depression and anxiety in visually impaired older adults” at the VU University Medical Centre, under supervision of prof. dr. Ger van Rens and dr. Ruth van Nispen. During her PhD research, she completed her second Master of Science in Epidemiology at EpidM. In addition, she obtained a travel grant and worked at the Center for Eye Research Australia in Melbourne for two months on the internal and external validation of a prediction model for depression in older adults with vision impairment. On a regular basis, she supervised research assistants and students and was a lecturer in Health Sciences. On the 8th of June 2016 she received her PhD with honours.