Kim Beernaert (°1986) is a FWO post-doctoral fellow at Ghent University and chair of the “Palliative care for people with cancer” Research Programme at the End-of-Life Care Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) & Ghent University. She has a master’s degree in experimental and theoretical psychology and a PhD degree in Social Health Sciences. Her PhD thesis has been awarded the Prijs Hoge Gezondheidsraad 2016 for best PhD thesis in “Science and Public Health”.
Her main focus of interest is improving the palliative care and end of life care for people with cancer. She is also responsible for research about improving the palliative care for babies and children with life-threatening conditions.
She has experience with conducting and analysing various methodologies: qualitative interviews/focus groups, cross-sectional surveys, population-based studies, using administrative datasets, (cluster) randomized controlled trials.
She is supervising five different projects related to palliative care with main focus on integration of palliative care, and on people with cancer, babies and children.