About our research group/lab
This group was formed to share and enhance knowledge in the field of pediatric psychology. To this aim we collaborate with medical specialists and allied health personnel.
To facilitate, strengthen and innovate research in the field of pediatric psychology, in order to:
- Optimize evidence-based psychosocial care for somatically ill children and their families.
- Publish articles in internationally peer-reviewed and high ranking journals.
- Obtain external funding for innovative research.
- Develop innovative 'evidence-based' treatment interventions for somatically ill children and their families.
Research focus areas
- Cross-sectional studies on long-term (neuro) psychological outcomes.
- Longitudinal cohort studies on psychological and neuropsychological outcomes.
- Intervention studies (RCTs) on innovative treatment modules (e.g. Virtual reality, e-Health, workgroups) to improve somatically ill children and their families’ emotional resilience, and neuropsychological functioning.
Multidisciplinary family-centred psychosocial care for patients with CHD: consensus recommendations from the AEPC Psychosocial Working Group. Utens EMWJ, Callus E, Levert EM, Groote K, Casey F. (2018). Cardiol Young. 2018 Feb;28(2):192-198.
Predictive value of depression and anxiety for long-term mortality: differences in outcome between acute coronary syndrome and stable angina pectoris. De Jager TAJ, Dulfer K, Radhoe S, Bergmann MJ, Daemen J, van Domburg RT, Lenzen MJ, Utens EMWJ. (2018). Int J Cardiol. 2018 Jan 1;250:43-48.
Medically Related Post-traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents with Congenital Heart Defects. Meentken MG, van Beynum IM, Legerstee JS, Helbing WA, Utens EM. (2017). Front Pediatr. 2017 Feb 13;5:20.