Dear Colleagues,First of all I am delighted to have taken up the position as Programme Committee Chair of CCNAP in September 2012 and would like to share with you some information about my background and what my main task is as Chair of the Programme Committee. I am a Professor of Cardiac Psychology at the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology and CoRPS (Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic diseases), Tilburg University, and at the Department of Cardiology, Thorax Center, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Since June 2012 I have also been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Cardiology at the Department of Cardiology, Odense University Hospital, and the Institute of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. I studied psychology in Canada and Denmark and received my PhD in 2002.
I have been working in the field of Cardiac Psychology and thus the interface between cardiology and psychology since 1999. My research has focused on the interplay between psychology and cardiology, with a specific focus on psychosocial sequelae (i.e. anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder) in post myocardial infarction, revascularization (i.e., PCI), heart failure, and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients, and the impact of these sequelae on quality of life, morbidity and mortality, and the potential moderating influences of personality and social support on these outcomes.
In the last 9 years, I have taken a particular interest in studying ICD patients, which I find a fascinating cohort due to their complex treatment and the challenges that these patients are faced with including shocks, device advisories, complications, remote monitoring, not to mention their underlying heart disease. In addition, the device technology is continuously changing and it is important to evaluate how patients perceive these changes in technology, such as the entirely new subcutaneous ICD system, which is implanted without leads in and on the heart. In general, do patients see new technology as a benefit or as a burden? To illustrate my research in this area.
I have authored or co-authored more than 140 publications in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Several of my research projects have been partially or fully funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), the Danish Heart Foundation, and the Dutch Heart Foundation.
Prior to accepting the position as CCNAP Programme Chair, I have been an active member of the Science Committee of CCNAP. I am currently also a nucleus member of the cardiac rehabilitation working group of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. One of my primary tasks as Chair of the Programme Committee is to put together the programme for the 2014 EuroHeartCare conference in Stavanger, Norway. I look forward to this task and to work together with the other members of the programme committee and I am confident that we will be able to put together an exciting programme.Susanne Pedersen
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