Bio

Dr. Mommersteeg has been selected for groundbreaking research 'More power to the patient', for which a crowdfunding has started between Oktober 14th and December 9th 2019.

As a biologist in our ‘Center of Research on Psychology in Somatic diseases’ CoRPS research group, department of medical and clinical psychology, I aim to investigate the interdisciplinary research field of cardio-psychology. My research is focused on how stress, emotions and psychology affect the heart and vice versa. I collaborate with cardiology departments of the Elisabeth-Tweesteden hospital Tilburg, Verbeeten Institute Tilburg, and the Radboudumc. In 2017-2019 me and my colleagues investigated the risk of psychosocial factors in women and men for the development and progression of ischemic heart diseases, in a meta-analysis funded by ZonMw and the Dutch Heart Foundation (Hartstichting).

Expertise

My expertise is in examining the complex interplay of stress, emotions, psychology and heart disease. I have a special interest in heart disease in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease with underlying disease processes such as microvascular disease or vasospasm, sex and gender differences in heart disease, and biological mechanisms, including inflammation, stress-hormones, and disease states.

Teaching

I have developed, teach, and coordinate courses on biological psychology, psychopharmacology, and psychosomatic models of explanation. I supervise masterstudents in their research and thesis. Each year, students who participate in the psychopharmacology course develop a WIKI page on a somatic condition and psychological interaction, results can be found here http://psychopharmacologyuvt.pbworks.com/w/page/36551298/Welcome

Courses

Recent publications

  1. Anxiety and hemodynamic reactivity during cardiac stress testing - Th…

    Bekendam, M., Mommersteeg, P. M. C., Kop, W. J., Widdershoven, J. W., & Vermeltfoort, I. A. C. (2021). Anxiety and hemodynamic reactivity during cardiac stress testing: The role of gender and age in myocardial ischemia. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.
  2. Psychological factors of suspect coronary microvascular dysfunction i…

    Bekendam, M. T., Vermeltfoort, I. A. C., Kop, W. J., Widdershoven, J. W. M. G., & Mommersteeg, P. M. C. (2021). Psychological factors of suspect coronary microvascular dysfunction in patients undergoing SPECT imaging. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.
  3. Psychological and clinical characteristics of patients with spontaneo…

    Smaardijk, V. R., Mommersteeg, P. M. C., Kop, W. J., Pellegrini, D., van Geuns, R. J., & Maas, A. H. E. M. (2021). Psychological and clinical characteristics of patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection: A case-control study. International Journal of Cardiology, 323, 1-6.
  4. Cancer comorbidity in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery d…

    Schoormans, D., Widdershoven, J. W. G. M., & Mommersteeg, P. M. C. (2020). Cancer comorbidity in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease: Depressive symptoms related to C-reactive protein. Brain, Behavior and Immunity - Health, 5, [100088].
  5. Psychological and clinical characteristics of female patients with sp…

    Smaardijk, V. R., Mommersteeg, P. M. C., Kop, W. J., Adlam, D., & Maas, A. H. E. M. (2020). Psychological and clinical characteristics of female patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Netherlands Heart Journal, 28(9), 485-491.

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