Professor Myrra Vernooij-Dassen has been involved for many years in psychosocial intervention research in dementia. She has been trained as a medical sociologist and was director of the Radboud Alzheimer Centre. She is affiliated to the Scientific Institute of Quality of Healthcare of the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and is visiting professor at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
She is chair of INTERDEM, a pan-European research network on detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND). She is guest editor of a special issue on social health for International Psychogeriatrics. She has a special interest in social health, social networks and quality of care research. She supervised 32 PhDs. She published more than 250 (inter)national peer reviewed articles. Professor Vernooij-Dassen Myrra received the Dutch royal honour to be promoted to officer in the order of Orange-Nassau. She received the IPA 2016 award for the distinguished service to the field of psychogeriatrics.