Sarah Derveeuw

CRIG member
Sarah Derveeuw

Doctoral fellow - Department of Public Health and Primary Care (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UGent)
Member of the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR, UGent)
Principal investigator: prof. Katrien Vanthomme (PhD)


Research focus

I am interested in understanding migrant-background related inequalities in the uptake of the three population-based cancer screening programmes in Belgium, using quantitative administrative linked datasets to assess how migrant background characteristics compound and intersect with other social characteristics to produce observed inequalities. I further aim to explore the role of residential contexts (i.e. neighborhoods) in possibly facilitating the dissemination of information and mobilization of resources around cancer screening participation among migrants, and to better understand engagement in preventive healthcare more broadly in migrant-background individuals, with a specific focus on African migrants and Afrodescendants in Belgium. 


Prior to joining the University of Ghent I worked as a research assistant at King's College London, and as an assistant psychologist in a secondary mental health service for dementia and older people's mental health, in the United Kingdom. My research so far has broadly focused on cross-cultural (mental) healthcare provision, and the adaptation of interventions and assessment tools for cross-cultural (mental) health settings. I have a Bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kent and a Master’s in Global Mental Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King's College London.

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