Prof. dr. Kristien Michielsen’s field of expertise is Global Sexual and Reproductive Health, with a specific focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health Behaviour, in particular of adolescents and young people.
Kristien is a trained social scientist (2001), and obtained a PhD in Social Medical Sciences from Ghent University in 2012. She has been working for ICRH since 2006, and in this period her research mainly focused on sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people, in several countries in Africa, Latin America and Europe.
Kristien’s research research experience includes both quantitative - setting up (longitudinal controlled) trials, survey development and implementation and analysis (SPSS, Stata) -, qualitative - in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, narratives, and analysis (NVivo) - and systematic literature research.
Over the past years, Kristien has been involved in multiple research projects related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, on topics as: the formation of gender norms in early adolescence and its impact of sexual health (Global Early Adolescent Study), adherence to ARV treatment among HIV-positive adolescents in Kenya (ELIMIKA), evaluation of holistic sexuality education (European Expert Group on Sexuality Education), and a post-hoc process evaluation of a multi-component intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy in Latin America.
Kristien currently holds a position as professor at ICRH, where she is responsible for general support to the centre, guiding PhD and master students, fund acquisition, and setting out a research line on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing. Kristien Michielsen is member of a number of national and international networks related to sexual and reproductive health.