Dr Katinka Van de Ven


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Dr Katinka van de Ven is a Research Fellow as part of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC). Her current work is focussed on how funding arrangements, purchasing mechanisms and workforce characteristics of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment agencies impacts on client outcomes (the Horizons project). Katinka also specialises in the use and supply of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs), which includes projects surrounding the prevention of PIED use, harm reduction policies and improving healthcare services for users. She also conducts research concerned with translating empirical evidence regarding the use and supply of PIEDs into useful information for healthcare professionals, decision makers, and other stakeholders. 

Katinka is a Honorary Research Fellow at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. She is a Editor-in-Chief of Performance Enhancement & Health and the Director of the Human Enhancement Drug Network (HEDN). The aim of HEDN is to provide evidence-based information, to share knowledge and experience, to provide harm reduction and human enhancement drug (HED) education, and to collaborate in this growing field of HEDs.

Broad research areas:

Alcohol and other drug use, treatment service systems, drugs and the internet, drug policy, harm reduction, performance and image enhancing drugs, anti-doping, health, nutrition and sports.

University role: 
Research Fellow
  • PhD, Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC), Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate: University of Kent/University of Hamburg/Utrecht University/Eötvös Loránd University (2016)
  • MA Criminology, Utrecht University, NL (2011)
  • MSc Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, NL (2010)
  • Investigator on "Demand Study for Alcohol Treatment Services in the Northern Territory". Awarded by Northern Territory Department of Health (Australia) (2018-2019).
  • Investigator on "Development of a National Treatment Framework for the drug and alcohol system".  Awarded by Commonwealth Department of Health (Australia) (2018-2019).
  • Principle Investigator on "Healthcare professionals and performance and image enhancing drugs (PIED) use: improving the quality and delivery of PIED e-learning programs". Awarded by UNSW-USyd Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Comorbidity Seed Funding  (2018-2019).
  • Investigator on "Towards quality anti-doping education in recreational sports". Awarded by European Commission, ERASMUS+ Sport (2018-2020) .
  • Investigator on "Scoping Project National Treatment Framework".  Awarded by Commonwealth Department of Health (Australia) (2017).
  • The Ian Potter Foundation, Knowledge and Learning/Travel grant (Reference: 20180387) (2018)
  • Postgraduate Research Prize, University of Kent (2016)
  • Young visiting scholars programme at the Aarhus University, Centre for Idraet (2014)
  • University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship Scheme, University of Kent, Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) (2012-2015)
Research activities: 
  • The Horizons Project: an empirical analysis of alcohol and drug treatment funding, purchasing and workforce mechanism.
  • Healthcare professionals and performance and image enhancing drugs (PIED) use: improving the quality and delivery of PIED e-learning programs (Part of the DELTS project)
  • Development of a National Treatment Framework for the drug and alcohol system.
  • Steroid use and public health: the power of visual communication.
Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: 
Areas of supervision: 

I am available for Honours, Masters, and PhD supervision in areas relating to performance and image enhancing drugs, alcohol and other drug treatment systems, drug use and supply, harm reduction and drug education. Please feel free get in touch if your specific interest does not fall under these umbrella categories; fresh and exciting research directions are always welcomed.   

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