PhD student





Angarath van der Zee-van den Berg


School for Management & Governance

Dept. Health Technology & Services Research


PO Box 217


7500 AE Enschede





(053) 489 2602


(053) 489 2159


After finishing her master of medicine in 2002 Angarath van der Zee started to work as a Youth Health Care physician in several Infant Health Care centers of the Organization for Home Care in Groningen. Subsequently, she worked for 8 months at an out patients department for psychiatry in Deventer.

Then determined to stick with preventive medicine, she started working as a Youth Health Care physician for children in the age of 4 to 19 years at the GGD Regio Twente in 2004. Together with a youth health care nurse and an assistant, she took care of the periodical preventive examinations of the children at primary and secondary schools in the city of Hengelo.

She also visited schools for children with special needs, took part in several networks for coordination of care for students and families. She had an active role in project management groups of the GGD aimed at improving quality and changes in the organizational structure.

Since October 2011 she is working as a PhD student at the department of HTSR (Health Technology and Services Research), the focus of her research is screening on postpartum depression. She also still works as a Youth Health Care physian, for the research is a project of de ‘Academische Werkplaats Jeugd Twente’ (, where emphasis is laid on the connection between research and education on one hand, and practice and policy on the other hand.


2007-2008 Second year ‘1e fase opleiding arts Maatschappij & Gezondheid, profiel JGZ’ (TNO)

2005-2006 First year ‘1e fase opleiding arts Maatschappij & Gezondheid, profiel JGZ’ (TNO)

2000-2002 Master of Science in Medicine (Radboud University Nijmegen)

1995-2000 Bachelor of Music in piano (ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts – Arnhem)

1995-1999 Bachelor of Medicine (Radboud University Nijmegen)


The current project will investigate the effectiveness of screening on postpartum depression by centers for Youth Health Care. The centers for Youth Health Care in the region of Twente started in 2008 using a screening on postpartum depression. Every mother with a newborn baby who visits a centre is asked to complete a questionnaire (the EPDS; Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale) on several moments in time. The results are discussed with the mothers and when the score indicates a possible postpartum depression the possibilities for further help are offered.

Beside the effectiveness, the project will also explore what is needed to improve the cooperation between Youth Health Care and other chain partners (e.g. family practitioners, institutes of mental health care) resulting in a appropriate offer of help for mother and child.

The satisfaction of parents as well as professionals with the screening and cooperation in the offer of help will be investigated by research interviewing. Also a cost effectiveness analysis will be made.

2002 Scientific internship at SKJPON (Stichting Kinder- en Jeugdpsychiatrie Oost Nederland), Nijmegen: validating the clinical diagnostics of autism for children in the age of 0-4 year.

1999-2000 Voluntary assistant at the department of Medical Physics, Radboud University Nijmegen; imaging the influence of benzodiazepines on the walking pattern

Other activities

At the moment, Angarath is member and secretary of the VVC, a committee of the AJN (Artsen Jeugdgezondheidszorg Nederland). The committee organizes three symposia each year for Youth Health Care physians on actual and relevant subjects.