Desiree is a guest researcher at Leiden University in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Here, her focus is on the impact of emotions on physical health and care systems. Her current activities are on autism, and also on the psychological and emotional impact of transatlantic trafficking and slavery in the Caribbean society.
After earning her Medical Doctor degree, Desiree practised in family medicine and worked in the neurology-neurosurgery department at the Academic hospital on Curaçao. Her PhD research (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) endeavoured to extend to the epidemiology of HPV-specific genotypes on Curaçao, where she formulated primary and secondary prevention strategies in alignment with the national cervical cancer screening programme. In recent years, following the completion of her PhD, Desiree has been involved in numerous governmental and non-governmental healthcare projects. Her primary focus lies in advising on healthcare systems and policies, with a strong commitment to promoting a more integrated and holistic approach to public and global health, particularly advocating for the most vulnerable populations.