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M.J.E. (Marianne) van der Heijden / PhD

Postdoctoral research fellow


  • Focus area
  • Non-pharmacological interventions, Complementary therapies, Integrative Medicine, Patient-Family Centered Care, (paediatric) pain and distress, qualitative research, education



I am a medical antropologist at the Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital. In 2018 she obtained her PhD 'Music in Medicine, the value of music interventions for hospitalised children" at the Department of Paediatrics, Erasmus MC-Sophia Children's Hospital. She performed her clinical research at Red Cross War Memorial Children's hospital, Cape Town, South Africa between 2013 and 2017. I am currently working as post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Division of nursing and Science and specialized in research on (complementary) non-pharmacological interventions for pain and distress management and in Patient-Family Centered Care. Furthermore, I am developing educational material for medical and nursing students on the topic of complementary non-pharmacological interventions. 

Field(s) of expertise

  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Complementary therapies
  • Integrative Medicine, Patient-Family Centered Care
  • (paediatric) Pain and distress
  • Qualitative research
  • Education

Education and career

2004 - 2008 BSc Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of Non-Western Societies, University of Amsterdam.


Teaching activities

2019 - now VO Complementaire zorg (medisch studenten)

Other positions

2013 - 2017 Visiting researcher Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Scholarships, grants, and awards

2019 - 2022 Erasmus+ KA203 Strategic Partnersips for Higher Education


Executive Producer short film "Breatheasy". A short film portrait of paediatric nurse specialist sr. Jane Booth, founder of the Breatheasy project at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa