Researcher Hans Barf's focus at the Healthcare & Innovation in Psychiatry lectorate,  is on supporting practice-orientated research and knowledge circulation by means of writing national and international publications.

Hans Barf studied Neuropsychology at Utrecht University. In 2003, he gained a PhD at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Medicine, with a thesis on the cognitive functioning, civic participation and quality of life of young adults born with spina bifida.

Between 2003 and 2010, Hans worked at the UMCG in Groningen as a staff and policy advisor for various departments. There, he was also continuously involved in research and policy focusing on patient satisfaction. From 2010 until 2012, Hans was as a researcher and advisor at ARGO (Advice and Research in Healthcare and Ageing Policy).

Since 2013, he has been an examiner, senior lecturer and researcher in the NHL University of Applied Sciences higher professional degree (HBO) Nursing programme, and in the NHL and the Hanze University Groningen’s Social Work Master’s programmes. Hans has many years of experience in  practice-orientated qualitative and quantitative research. He is currently the coordinator of a project which aims to develop a better understanding of confused persons.