Health scientist and Program manager, 113Online Foundation
Gerdien Franx (1963), PhD, is a health scientist (Gezondheidswetenschappen, Universiteit Maastricht), currently working as the program manager of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy at 113Online. Previously she held positions as manager and senior research associate at the Trimbos Institute. In 2012-2013 she was selected as one of the two Dutch Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy and Practice, by the Commonwealth Fund (New York City). During her fellowship she was based at the department of Psychiatry, Columbia University New York, USA.
In her research and project management positions Franx focuses on large scale implementation of evidence-based interventions and clinical guidelines. She holds ample expertise in Quality Improvement Collaboratives in Dutch primary care and specialty mental health care systems, which was also the focus of her PhD (2013, Radboud University Nijmegen). In her projects, close collaboration with patients and professionals in order to design effective implementation programs, is a key activity. This passion for collaborative work with professionals is rooted in 15 years of nursing, in medicine as well as in mental health, at the start of her professional career. Franx has published a range of peer-reviewed publications on quality improvement in mental health care in journals and book chapters.