Almar Kok works as senior researcher at the department of psychiatry and the department of epidemiology & data science at Amsterdam UMC/VUmc.
Almar is embedded in the elderly psychiatry section. His research focuses on the role of psychosocial factors such as socioeconomic status, social support, personality traits and perceived autonomy in shaping late-life mental health. Rather than on biomedical factors and treatments, his research focuses on the implications of psychiatric disorders for social, physical and psychological functioning.
Almar’s projects frequently use data from the Netherlands Study of Depression in Older Persons (NESDO) and the population-based Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). In participants of both cohorts, he also conducted qualitative interview studies. His current and upcoming projects focus on resilience after depression and during the Covid-19 pandemic, the role of self-reliance in the incidence of and recovery from depression, anxiety, and bipolarity, and functional recovery from late-life depression.
For more information about NESDO, the NESDA/NESDO/NOCDA Covid-19 survey and the LASA data, you can contact Almar!