Els Clays was born on August 16, 1976 in Veurne (Belgium). She obtained a M.S. degree in criminology from the Faculty of Law, Ghent University, in 1998 and an M.S. degree in sociology from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the same university in 2001. Clays received the Ph.D. degree in medical sciences from the Ghent University in 2007 with a dissertation titled “Psychosocial job stress in relation to health” (Promoter: Professor Dr. G. De Backer). Since June 2009, she has worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the Ghent University. Her general research expertise is situated in the fields of epidemiology, occupational health, and health sociology. More in particular, within the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Unit of the Department of Public Health at Ghent University, she is mainly involved in research projects dealing with the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as the epidemiology of psychosocial risk factors in relation to health and well-being. Clays is a Member of the International Commission on Occupational Health (Scientific Committees of Cardiology in Occupational Health, Work Organization and Psychosocial Factors) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
Biography Updated on 17 October 2011