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    5037 AB Tilburg



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Research interests

As a biologist at the CoRPS research group, I am involved in projects which investigate biological mediating mechanisms of personality in heart disease.
My research interests focuses on biological mechanisms involved in the psychology of health and disease. Differences between persons in biological functioning forms a basis for disease development, and disease progression.
These ingredients are present in the "TweeSteden mild stenosis cohort study" [TWiST], a research project on biochemical risk factors as potential mediators in the relation between Type D personality and cardiovascular disease progression at an early stage, in close collaboration with the Cardiology department of the TweeSteden Hospital, Tilburg.
At the same time, I keep an open mind for research opportunities and collaborations.
I enjoy working in a challenging, collaborative environment at the interface of biological and psychological research projects.


Students of the master Medical Psychology have created WIKI pages for the psychopharmacology course. Their goal was to create a site which combines information on somatic conditions and psychological complaints, with potential medication interaction.

The result of this online assignment can be found here (in Dutch):

Current courses

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  • Personality And Health
  • Heart And Vascular Diseases
  • Stress Hormones
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Quality Of Life
  • Health Psychology
  • Fatigue
  • Gender
  • Stress And Disease
  • Psychophysiology
  • Gender Differences
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Psychopharmacology

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Research Output

Anxiety and hemodynamic reactivity during cardiac stress testing: The role of gender and age in myocardial ischemia

Bekendam, M., Mommersteeg, P. M. C., Kop, W. J., Widdershoven, J. W. & Vermeltfoort, I. A. C., 28 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    8 Downloads (Pure)

    Psychological and clinical characteristics of female patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection

    Smaardijk, V. R., Mommersteeg, P. M. C., Kop, W. J., Adlam, D. & Maas, A. H. E. M., 2020, In : Netherlands Heart Journal. 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    Gender differences in associations of depressive symptoms and anxiety with inflammatory markers in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease

    Mommersteeg, P. M. C., Naudé, P. J. W., Bagijn, W., Widdershoven, J. W. G. M., Westerhuis, B. W. J. J. M. & Schoemaker, R. G., 2019, In : Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 125, 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Sex- and gender stratified risks of psychological factors for incident ischemic heart disease: Systematic review and meta analysis

    Smaardijk, V. R., Lodder, P., Kop, W. J., van Gennep, B., Maas, A. H. E. M. & Mommersteeg, P. M. C., 2019, In : Journal of the American Heart Association. 8, 9, p. e010859 49 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    37 Downloads (Pure)