Ageing and life-course

Anne Margriet Pot, PhD

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Senior Health Adviser



  • Developing long-term care systems
  • Dementia
  • Training for caregivers

Anne Margriet Pot has a Master’s degree in Psychology and a PhD degree in Medicine from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. She has worked for the past 30 years in the Netherlands on improving the mental health of older people through research, (post) graduate education and clinical practice.

From 2007, Anne Margriet has been Professor of Clinical Geropsychology at the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit and Honorary Professor since 2013 at the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia. She was the Head of the Programme on Ageing of the Netherlands Institute on Mental Health and Addiction (Trimbos-institute) in Utrecht between 2004 and 2014. She served for 10 years on the Executive Board of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)and has been a regular guest speaker at international conferences.

Anne Margriet Pot has published over 200 scientific and professional publications in her areas of speciality, and is the main editor of the Dutch manual on Geropsychology. In recent years, her research focused on the development of evidence-based interventions for older people and their caregivers and the evaluation of the quality of care. She was founder and principal investigator of two national studies, a trend study on Living Arrangements for people with Dementia (LAD-study), and one on outpatient psychiatric care for older adults (MEMO).

Anne Margriet Pot joined the WHO in 2014 and works with both the Department of Ageing and Life Course and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Her areas or speciality are dementia, ageing and long-term care. She contributed to the development of the World report on ageing and health and is involved in the development and evaluation of iSupport, a global e-health portal for caregivers of people with dementia.