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Meike  Bartels
Meike Bartels (1973) is Professor in Behavior and Quantitative Genetics at the Department of Biological Psychology, EMGO+-Institute, VU University Amsterdam. She holds a University Research Chair in Genetics and Wellbeing. After an internship at the Queensland institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, she graduated in Psychology at the VU University . Her master degree is in Physiological Psychology, with special focus on Behavior Genetics. She obtained her PhD degree in 2003 and the title of her thesis was ‘Behavior problems, cognition, and hormones. A longitudinal-genetic study in childhood’. The last months of her PhD were spend  at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavior Genetics. Over the course of her PhD,  she increasingly realized that the majority of individuals remain free of psychopathology throughout their life. Ever since she broadened focus and became interested in wellbeing. Supported by funding of NWO (Veni and Bilateral agreement) , the EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research(Senior Fellowship), and the unique database of the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR:, she conducts and supervises several research projects to gain sight into the underlying sources of variation on Subjective Wellbeing and its overlap with Psychopathology. She envisions that with a focus on positive aspects the public health system will be broadened, so that the aim will no longer be to only help to heal the ill but also to increase overall happiness.