Child & Adolescent Public health Research & Innovation

We stand for innovative, high-quality, and socially relevant research that contributes to the healthy upbringing of our youth.

Prof. Dr. Mai Chin A Paw

Section Chair


Our Mission & Vision

The research of the Child & Adolescent Public health Research and Innovation (CAPRI) section falls under the Department of Public & Occupational Health of Amsterdam UMC and is carried out within the Amsterdam Public Health research institute.

Youth grows up happy

CAPRI conducts scientific research that contributes to optimal opportunities for the healthy and happy growing up of young people; from -9 months to 19 years.

Connection between research & practice

Together with JGZ organisations, we form the Academic Workshop for CAPRI. We conduct research in and together with practice.

Multidisciplinary, innovative, social research

Our research is multidisciplinary, innovative and socially relevant and ranges from risk factors to health effects and from development to evaluation of intervention programs.

Constant innovation

We continue to develop to remain distinctive and innovative.

New publications

How to select interventions for promoting physical activity in schools? Combining preferences of stakeholders and scientists.

Brandes M, Brandes B, Sell L, Sacheck JM, Chinapaw M, Lubans DR, Woll A, Schipperijn J, Jago R, Busse H.  Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2023 Apr 25;20(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s12966-023-01452-y.

Does an obesogenic family environment moderate the association between sports participation and body composition in children? The ENERGY project.

Stavnsbo M, Stenling A, Berntsen S, Chinapaw MJM, Hansen BH, Manios Y, Molnár D, Torstveit MK, Verloigne M, Vicente-Rodríguez G, Westergren T, Bere E. Pediatr Obes. 2023 Apr 4:e13031. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.13031.

Diminishing benefits of urban living for children and adolescents’ growth and development.

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Nature. 2023 Mar;615(7954):874-883. doi: 10.1038/s41586-023-05772-8.

Validity and reliability of the short Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI-5) in Dutch adolescents.

Kösters MP, Klaufus LH, van der Wal MF. J Gen Psychol. 2023 Mar 15:1-11. doi: 10.1080/00221309.2023.2188579.

Maternal serum cortisol levels during pregnancy differ by fetal sex.

Vrijkotte T, de Rooij SR, Roseboom TJ, Twickler T. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2023 Mar;149:105999. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2022.105999.

Let’s dance around the world! – towards more diversity, equity & inclusion in research.

Chinapaw, MJM, Anselma M.  Comment. Journal for the Measurement of Physical activity and Behaviour. 2023. doi: 10.1123/jmpb.2022-0043

Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age: involving young people in research.

Chinapaw MJM, Altenburg TM.  Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2023 Jan 10. doi: 10.1038/s41574-022-00796-y.