Nardi Steverink

Nardi Steverink (PhD ICS, 1996) is professor of Sociology (Sociology of Health and Well-being) in the social and behavioral sciences at the University of Groningen (RUG) and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), in the Netherlands. She is also teaching master courses (master sociology of health, well-being, and care) at the Department of Sociology of the University of Groningen. She is member of the Interuniversity Center for Social science theory and methodology (ICS).

In her research line “Aging well: social relations, self-regulation, health and well-being” Nardi Steverink focuses on questions concerning social and behavioral determinants of health, well-being and quality of life over the life-span, with a special focus on the role of social needs and self-regulation. The research line “Aging well: social relations, self- regulation, health and well-being” is being executed at the Department of Sociology and the ICS and at the Department of Health Psychology of the UMCG.

Academic positions

  • Present2015

    Professor of Sociology

    University of Groningen, Department of Sociology

  • present2007

    Senior researcher

    UMCG, Department of Health Sciences, Section Health Psychology

  • 20072000

    Senior researcher

    University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Geriatrics

  • 20001996

    Postdoc researcher

    University of Nijmegen, Department of Psychogerontology

  • 19961993

    Junior researcher

    University of Groningen, Northern Center for Healthcare Research

  • 19891987

    Junior researcher

    University of Utrecht, Department of Medical Psychology

Education

  • Ph.D. 1996

    Ph.D. Social and Behavioral Sciences

    University of Groningen

  • Ph.D. 1993

    Ph.D. student of the ICS (Interuniversity Center for Social science theory and methodology)

    University of Groningen

  • M.Sc. 1987

    Study of Psychology

    University of Utrecht. Main subjects: Personality and Health Psychology, Gerontological Psychology

  • BMA 1983

    Study of Music (organ)

    Conservatorium of Zwolle

Grants

  • 2016 - 2020
    Research grant ZonMw for the project Community Wise
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    Research grant (531001307) from the Netherlands organization for health research and development (ZonMw) for the project: Community Wise: Stimulating physical vitality, resilience, and social vitality as components of positive health of habitants of neighborhoods with low socio-economic status. Budget € 460.000,-.
  • 2014 - 2015
    Research grant ZonMw in the project Promoting Participation in Preventive Programs
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    Research grant from the Netherlands organization for health research and development (ZonMw). Project: Promoting Participation in Preventive Programs. Invited proposal, together with seven other partners. Personal budget € 20.000.
  • 2013 - 2014
    Research grant Movisie in the program “Effectieve sociale interventies”
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    Research grant from Movisie in their program “Effectieve sociale interventies”. Project: Evaluatie GRIP&GLANS via netwerkanalyse. Budget: €58.600.
  • 2012 - 2016
    Research grant ZonMw in the program Prevention
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    Research grant (200210016) from the Netherlands organization for health research and development (ZonMw) in the program Prevention: “Improvement of psychological well-being by empowerment of informal networks: the GRIP and GLEAM intervention by and for older adults themselves”. Budget € 315.743,-.
  • 2010 - 2013
    Research grant ZonMw in the program ``Nationaal Programma Ouderenzorg``
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    Research grant (60-61900-98-360) from the Netherlands organization for health research and development (ZonMw) in the program “Nationaal Programma Ouderenzorg”, for further implementation of the GRIP- and GLANS-program (selfmanagement interventions for older people). Budget € 407.403.
  • 2007 - 2009
    Grants from Stichting Sluyterman van Loo
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    Grants from Stichting Sluyterman van Loo, Beverwijk, Stichting RCOAK (Amsterdam) and Innovatiefonds Zorgverzekeraars (Zeist), for implementing the GRIP-self-management interventions nation-wide. Budget: € 78.000,-.
  • 2002 - 2006
    Research grant Stichting Sluyterman van Loo in the program Loneliness Among Older Persons
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    Research grant from the Stichting Sluyterman van Loo, Beverwijk, in their program “Loneliness among older persons”. Budget: Kf 400, resulting in various publications and intervention materials (trainer manual, intervention manual, client workbook).
  • 2001 - 2005
    Research grant ZonMw in the program Successful Aging
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    Research grant (014-91-056) from the Netherlands organization for health research and development (ZonMw) in the Program “Successful Aging”. Budget: Kf 325, resulting in various publications, one completed dissertation, and intervention materials (trainer manual, intervention manual, and patient book).
  • 2000 - 2004
    Research grant ZonMw in the program Successful Aging
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    Research grant (014-91-046) from the Netherlands organization for health research and development (ZonMw) in the Program “Successful Aging”. Budget: Kf 600, resulting in various publications, two completed dissertations, and intervention materials (trainer manual, intervention manual, patient workbook and bibliotherapy).

Other academic activities

  • 20192016

    Director of Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen

  • 20182016

    Member of the Advisory Committee “Zelfredzaamheid” of the Dutch National Health Council (Gezondheidsraad)

  • 20172014

    Member of the Board of the Research Group HAPS.

  • Present2004

    Member of the Editorial Board of the ‘European Journal of Ageing’.

  • 20172004

    Member of the Jury of the NVG - Munnichsprijs.

  • 20062006

    Co-organizer of the biennial National Conference of the NVG.

  • 20032003

    Member of the ‘Margret M. Baltes Early Career Award’ Committee of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

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  • 20062000

    Member of the Board of the ‘Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gerontologie’ (NVG) `{`the Dutch Gerontological Society`}`.

  • 20002000

    Three-day workshop with Dr R. Schulz (University Pittsburg) and Dr J. Heckhausen (University Irvine), in Groningen.

  • 20002000

    Master training at Stanford University, Palo Alto (USA), for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Kate Lorig et al.).

  • Present1995

    Reviewer for various national and international (refereed) journals.

  • 19911991

    Study visits to School of Public Health, Columbia University (New York) and Boston University (Boston).

  • Present1990

    Regularly attending, presenting, and organizing symposia, at (inter)national conferences. Invited speaker on (inter)national conferences and meetings.

  • Present1989

    Member of the ICS

"The old people who are doing very well inspire me to look at the possibility to help people who are not doing as well."