Personal information

Amika  Singh

Key qualifications

PhD at the VU University medical center, department of Public and Occupational Medicine (2008): Title of thesis:  ‘DOiT: A school-based intervention program to improve dietary and physical activity behaviour in adolescents in order to maintain energy balance: a randomised controlled trial.’ 

Epidemiology - MSc, 2007

Human Movement Science - MSc, 2001

Physical Therapy - BSc, 1998


Amika Singh was born in 1974 in Aachen (Germany). In 1992 she finished her higher general secondary education in Ingolstadt and then moved to Utrecht (The Netherlands). After graduating from the Hogeschool van Utrecht, department of Physical Therapy in 1998, she started studying Human Movement Sciences at the VU University of Amsterdam. She received her MSc (mayor Public Health) in 2001.

Amika is working at the Department of Public and Occupational Medicine, at the EMGO+ Institute, VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam since 2002. Amika obtained her PhD for her thesis on the evaluation of the effectiveness of a school-based intervention program aiming at the prevention of obesity in adolescents (DOiT = Dutch Obesity Intervention in Teenagers). 

From 2007-2011 Amika was working at the EMGO Institute. She is investigating the tracking characteristics of biological and lifestyle variables within the AGHALS (Amsterdam Growth and Health Longitudinal Study). Within this longitudinal study measurements of several health indicators, such as physical growth, lifestyle, and psychological development were performed over a period of more than 30 years. AGAHLS started in 1974 by taking four annual measurements in a sample of over 600 healthy 13-year-old boys and girls. After the original four years, the follow-up was extended to take measurements when the participants were 21-, 27-, 29-, 32-, 36-, and 41 years-old. More information about AGHALS can be found at

Starting in february 2009, Amika was working as project manager of the ENERGY-project (, a project on the prevention of overweight in 10-12 year olds. Within ENERGY she was coordinating the research activities and reporting to the European Commission. Within ENERGY fifteen partners across Europe worked on a large-scale cross-European survey of more than 7000 school-children and their parents and gaining more insight in feasible components for the school-based and home-environmental promotion of healthy energy balance-related behaviors in children across Europe.

Amika’s research focuses on the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions that aim at improving healthy behaviors in children. One of her most recent projects is called SMART MOVES!. Within SMART MOVES! Amika and her colleagues examine the relationship between physical activity and cognitive functioning in children.