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Sorana Iancu holds formal qualifications in medicine (MD), public health and management (4-year specialization) and international public health (MSc, cum laude; post-graduate training as Fogarty fellow, USA). Her research and work experience cover a broad area of topics, including (societal) innovations in mental health, access to health care through ICT (telemedicine), mixed-methods assessments of educational needs of health care professionals and health promotion education.

Her doctoral thesis (PhD, cum laude) analysed care farms as examples of socially-embedded practices that can broaden the spectrum of services for people with mental disorders, help improve mental health and bridge the gap with society. Her current research include:

  • long-term disability in people with depression and anxiety disorders in the Netherlands;
  • low-cost, innovative interventions to improve the quality of life of people with mental disorders in India;
  • the development of tailor-made educational materials to support the perceived needs of occupational health professionals confronted with an ageing workforce.

In addition to her research tasks, Sorana also coordinates the Research Master Global Health and teaches in various master's and bachelor programmes at the VU University Amsterdam.