PhD M. Nicolaou

Research Associate
Main activities
Dietary patterns in ethnic minority groups, perception of overweight.
Focus of research

Diet and physical activity among ethnic minority and migrant-origin groups and their role in obesity, cardiovascular disease risk and mental health.

  • measurement of diet
  • determinants of diet and physical activity with focus on the socio-cultural environment
  • development of culturally sensitive lifestyle interventions.
Key publications
  • Dekker Louise H., Snijder Marieke B., Beukers Marja H., de Vries Jeanne H. M., Brants Henny A. M., de Boer Evelien J., van Dam Rob M., Stronks Karien, Nicolaou Mary A prospective cohort study of dietary patterns of non-western migrants in the Netherlands in relation to risk factors for cardiovascular diseases: HELIUS-Dietary Patterns BMC public health 2011;11 (1):441 [PubMed]
  • Nicolaou Mary, Doak Colleen M., van Dam Rob M., Brug Johannes, Stronks Karien, Seidell Jaap C. Cultural and social influences on food consumption in dutch residents of Turkish and moroccan origin: a qualitative study Journal of nutrition education and behavior 2009;41 (4):232-241 [PubMed]
  • Nicolaou Mary Diet and Overweight Perception. An explorative study among migrant groups in the Netherlands: Turkish, Moroccan and SurinameseAmsterdam: Mary Nicolaou; 2009. 163p. ISBN 9789086592784. [UvA Dissertations Online]
  • Nicolaou M., van Dam R. M., Stronks K. Acculturation and education level in relation to quality of the diet: a study of Surinamese South Asian and Afro-Caribbean residents of the Netherlands Journal of human nutrition and dietetics 2006;19 (5):383-393 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

Prof. PhD K. Stronks (Social inequalities in health)