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).
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.
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