Joke A.M. Hunfeld, PhD
Section Medical Psychology & Psychotherapy - Department of Psychiatry
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands
I graduated from the Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences, VU University Amsterdam in 1987 and received a PhD in 1995 from Erasmus University Rotterdam for my thesis entitled 'The grief of late pregnancy loss. A four year follow-up'. In 2000 my position (0.5 FTE) at the Department of Medical Psychology & Psychotherapy at Erasmus MC became permanent.
I am interested in cutting edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection of medicine and psychology. I have (co-) acquired, conducted and supervised several research projects in this field, financed, among others, by NWO/ZonMw (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research/The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development). This included research on the prevalence of chronic pain in children and adolescents and their quality of life, and on determinants of chronic pain in adolescents and the effect of cognitive behavioral therapy, carried out together with the department of General Practice at the Erasmus MC. In cooperation with the departments of Reproductive Medicine, and Medical Ethics and Law, my research focused also on the moral contraindications for special parenthood. I have been the project leader of the thesis research project entitled: 'Hearing the voices of children (6-18 years); evidence-based information on burden and long-term emotional sequelae of medical research procedures in children', a multidisciplinary project funded by ZonMw. (The implementation of this project is now under way.) Together with Jan van Busschbach and Jan Passchier I initiated a large research project in Indonesia, including a validation and valuation study into the quality of life. As such, I am (co-) supervisor of this project, which is being carried out by Fredrick Dermawan Purba (who is planned to defend his thesis on this subject at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam on 26 September 2018).
In addition, I feel privileged to be allowed to teach a course on academic writing with Jan Passchier at the Faculty of Psychology of UNPAD.