Allard van der Beek (1964) obtained his MSc degree at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). He worked at the Coronel Institute for Occupational Health (Academic Medical Center / University of Amsterdam) on different projects regarding adverse health effects related to physical workload and work stress. He obtained his PhD degree on the thesis entitled ‘Assessment of workload in lorry drivers’. Furthermore, he was, among others, the principal investigator in a national programming study on priorities in occupational health research. After a couple of years at the Department of Public Health (Erasmus University Rotterdam), he moved to the Department of Public and Occupational Health (EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center).
Since 2007, Allard is holding a tenured position as Professor of Occupational Epidemiology. Presently, he is vice head of the Department of Public and Occupational Health and co-director of the EMGO Institute's research program ‘Musculoskeletal Health’.
As of 2002 he is coordinator of Body@Work, Research Center Physical Activity, Work & Health, TNO-VU/VUmc. Furthermore, Allard van der Beek serves as member of the Program Board of the Research Center for Health Insurance Medicine AMC-UMCG-UWV-VUmc, of which he was chair during the period Jan 2007 - Jul 2010 and is vice-chair now.
Allard was Organiser and treasurer of the 4th International Scientific Conference ‘PREMUS 2001’, Member of the Supervisory Board and treasurer of the 16th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association ‘IEA 2006’, Organiser and co-chair of the 4th International Scientific Conference ‘ICOH-WOPS 2010’, and Co-organiser of the 23rd Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health 'EPICOH 2013'.
His main research topics have been exposure assessment, (cost-)effectiveness of interventions, worksite health promotion, and etiology of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and work stress.