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Jessica Kiefte-de Jong

Professor Population Health

Prof.dr. J.C. Kiefte-de Jong
+31 71 5 26 91 11

Jessica Kiefte-de Jong is professor of Population Health with emphasis on lifestyle and lifecourse research and head of research at the department of Public Health and Primary in LUMC. She is member of the Dutch Health Council Committee on dietary recommendations for pregnant women and children up to 2 years, and board member of the Dutch Academy of Nutritional Sciences and the Dutch Innovation Centre of Lifestyle Medicine – Lifestyle4Health. She is also Dekker Laureate of the Dutch Heart Foundation.

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Prevention, Population Health and Disease Management

The research line of Jessica Kiefte-de Jong is embedded in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care and the Campus The Hague of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). She is involved in the LUMC research programme Prevention, Population Health and Disease Management – PrePod where she focusses on the LUMC themes lifestyle, prevention and lifecourse. In particular within the Interdisciplinary Population Health Living lab of the LUMC- Campus The Hague her efforts concentrates around the identification of vulnerable groups to provide targeted prevention interventions.  In addition to nutrition and lifestyle, she also studies the psychosocial and physical environment, eg. with regard to syndemics in this regard. She leads the study on food insecurity among disadvantaged families in the Hague and she is PI of the TEACHLIFE project, that studies teachable moments towards lifestyle change in healthcare. She also supervises projects on risk and resilience factors related to vulnerability in the first 1000 days, in close collaboration with the National Solid Start Programme and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment.


Jessica Kiefte received several grants for her research including the Dutch Heart Foundation, ZonMW, Noaber and Fred Foundation and Health Holland.

Academic career

Jessica Kiefte-de Jong became a clinical dietitian at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2004. After that she worked as a clinical dietitian in the Groene Hart Hospital in Gouda and Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam (2004-2005). Subsequently, she obtained her MSc in Public Health Research and Nutrition at the VU University (2005-2008) while she continued her work as a clinical dietitian at the VU University Medical Center. In 2009 she decided to enroll a fulltime PhD trajectory at the Sophia Children's Hospital/Erasmus Medical Center (The Netherlands) where she obtained her PhD on Early Life Nutrition and Gastrointestinal and Allergic Outcomes in The Generation R Study in 2012. After that she was appointed as senior researcher on nutrition and health at the Department of Epidemiology and Pediatrics at Erasmus Medical Center, where she supervised various research projects on nutrition and health in large cohort studies (i.e. The Generation R Study, The Rotterdam Study and The B-Proof Study). In 2014 and 2016 she was a visiting research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (USA) to study dietary factors involved in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. From 2014 to 2018 she was also appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Leiden University College, The Interdisciplinary International Honours College of Leiden University in The Hague (LUC) where she was the convener of the major Global Public Health. Her research output involves various interdisciplinary and collaborative projects around the themes Nutrition, Lifestyle and Lifecourse. With more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals, she has a H-index of 42 (Google Scholar 2020)/30 (Web of Science 2020).

Professor Population Health

  • Faculteit Geneeskunde
  • Divisie 3
  • Public Health en Eerstelijnsgeneeskunde

Work address

LUMC Main Building
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden



  • Lifestyle4Health Management Team
  • Nederlandse Academie voor Voedingswetenschapen (NAV) Bestuurslid Activiteiten mbt profilering van de voedingswetenschappen tbv volksgezondheid
  • Wetenschappelijke adviesraad Kenniscentrum dietisten overgewicht en obestias Advisering tav preventie en behandeling van overgewicht en de rol van de dietist hierin
  • Gezondheidsraad Commissielid 'Voedingsaanbevelingen voor zwangerschap en lactatie en kinderen tot 2 jaar'
  • Journal of Public Health Nutrition Associate editor
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