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Research group/lab  |  E.M.W.J. Utens, PhD

Pediatric psychology

Pediatric psychology entails practice, targeting the psychology of illness and injury, and promoting health behaviors in children, adolescents and families.

About our research group/lab

Our research

Background information

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.

Overall aim

To  facilitate, strengthen and innovate research in the field of pediatric psychology, in order to:

  1. Optimize evidence-based psychosocial care for somatically ill children and their families.
  2. Publish  articles in internationally peer-reviewed and high ranking journals.
  3. Obtain external funding for innovative research.
  4. 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.

Our projects

Key Publications

Multidisciplinary family-centred psychosocial care for patients with CHD: consensus recommendations from the AEPC Psychosocial Working GroupUtens 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.