Dr. Liesbeth Mercken
In September 2004, Liesbeth started her PhD project at the department of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences as Maastricht University. Four years later she moved to Wales and worked as a research associate for the Cardiff Institute of Society, Health, and Ethics, part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. November 20th 2009 she defended her PhD Cum Laude and in 2012 she received a VENI grant from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research.
Since 2010 she collaborates closely with University of Arizona and Mayo Clinic Phoenix on the NIH funded KIQNIC project (Knowledge Integration in Quitlines: Networks that Improve Cessation) and NATOCAP project (Networks Among Tribal Organizations for Clean Air Policies). KIQNIC is designed to better understand network and communication mechanisms by which stakeholders in an existing and well-defined tobacco control network - the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) – interact, share new knowledge, make decisions, and adopt evidence-based practices to improve quitline outcomes. NATOCAP focuses on network ties between tribal organizations in Navajo Nation that work intensively to get clean air policies implemented in their sovereign nation. For both projects she is the lead on longitudinal network analyses.