Medicine, Health, and Quality of Life

Research Groups

multimorbidity management

This research group focuses on drug-drug, drug-disease and disease-disease interactions and their relevance for the management of multimorbid patients (i.e. those with multiple acute and chronic diseases). We pursue two complementary streams of research that use different data sources and research methods. One stream relates to the development of techniques for assessing these interactions and quantifying their impact on health-related outcomes. The other stream uses data scientific methods in order to generate insights and knowledge from complex healthcare data about multimorbidity and to identify ways to improve multimorbidity management. Go to projects

quality of life with age-related chronic diseases

This research group evaluates the burden of chronic disease on quality of life at older age. Specifically, the group examines if and to what extent quality of life is reduced in groups of seniors with hip fractures, osteoarthritis of the knee, falls and sarcopenia. Several research questions will be addressed within these disease groups: Are there differences in quality of life as a function of gender, age, and indicators of functionality within these chronic disease groups? What are possible predictors of improvement of quality of life? Does quality of life recover after functional impairment related to these chronic disease groups? Go to projects

quality of life in dementia


The main focus of this research group is to understand the process of quality of life-stabilization at the end of life in individuals diagnosed with dementia. Go to projects





Research Labs

psychological-medical research collaborations lab

This lab bridges the gap between psychological and medical approaches to address processes of health-behavior change in the context of multimorbid and other geriatric populations of adults. To this end, the lab has established interdisciplinary collaborations with medical partners on psychosocial determinants of health behaviors (e.g., medication adherence, physical activity) of people with certain index diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease) or multimorbidity. Our research further addresses questions on quality of life and coping with illness. Go to projects

within-person health activity analytics lab

This lab encompasses a URPP-wide conceptual and methods development structure with the aim to provide hard- and software devices for mobile ambulatory assessment, intervention, and analysis of health-related functioning in real life. The lab further provides support and guidance regarding within-person and process-oriented research focusing on health stabilization. This lab also develops, implements, and coordinates a large-scale measurement burst study to investigate the short-term fluctuations and long-term trajectories between cognitive, social, emotional functioning, mobility, and daily life contexts in healthy older adults. Go to projects