Speakers

Christopher Eccleston

PhD. Professor of Medical Psychology and Director of the Centre for Pain Research, The University of Bath, UK

Chris is interested in how people make sense of physical experience, how action in pain and discomfort is shaped, and how rehabilitation in pain is informed by the social, cognitive, and emotional context. Behavioural science can provide the basis for action in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of chronic pain, if there is a clear path between basic and applied behavioural studies. Chris is highly cited (h-70) and has published 250 papers in five main areas of translational study: (1) evidence based pain; (2) cognitive factors in pain and analgesia; (3) treatment innovation; (4) child and family context, and (5) DTx for Pain.

Chris is particularly interested in two grand challenges: (1) to forge an alliance between neurobiology and experimental psychology and thereby strengthen the contribution of both in the prediction, treatment and management of chronic pain, and (2) to create new models of care across Europe that can substantially scale up access to treatment.

Chris is Professor of Medical Psychology at the University of Bath, UK, where he directs the Centre for Pain Research (http://www.bath.ac.uk/health/staff/christopher-eccleston/). He established the Bath Pain Management Unit in 1995 and directed it until 2011, developing intensive treatment programmes for both adolescents amd adults with chronic pain. He is the coordinating editor of the pain, palliative and supportive care (PaPaS) Cochrane Review Group (http://papas.cochrane.org/), and runs the Cochrane network in mental health and neuroscience (https://mhn.cochrane.org/). In 2018 he won the Ronald Melzack award for contribution to pain science.

In 2016 he published: ‘Embodied: the psychology of physical sensation’ with Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198727903. e-ISBN: 9780191814099.

In 2018 published an edited volume (with Chris Wells and Bart Morlion): ‘European Pain Management’ also with Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198785750.

In 2020 he published an edited volume (with Elaine Wainwright): Work and pain: a lifespan developmental approach. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198828273.

Andrea Evers

PhD. Professor of Health Psychology and chair of the Health-Medical-and-Neuropsychology-Unit at Leiden University, the Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Andrea W.W. Evers is professor of Health Psychology and chair of the Health-Medical-and-Neuropsychology-Unit at Leiden University, the Netherlands. After her PhD (cum laude), Andrea Evers obtained several personal grants and awards for excellent researchers (e.g. NWO-Veni, NWO-Vidi, NWO Vici, ERC Consolidator Grant) for her innovative, interdisciplinary and translational research on psychoneurobiological mechanisms and treatments for health and disease.

In addition to her broad clinical experience as a registered clinical psychologist, she uniquely combines fundamental and applied science in her translational research, by focusing both on basic research on psychoneurobiology (e.g. placebo mechanisms) and translational research on screening and innovative interventions for somatic conditions (e.g. e-health tools).  In 2019, she was elected as a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Science and Arts (KNAW) and received the Stevin Award, the highest award in the Netherlands for scientific research with societal impact. She published more than 200 international papers or chapters in her research field.

Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth

Doctor of Psychology, researcher and university lecturer within the department of psychology and language pathology at the University of Turku, Finland

Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, Doctor of Psychology, is a researcher and university lecturer within the department of psychology and language pathology at the University of Turku, Finland. She has also completed academic clinical specialization program in psychotherapy and is practicing parent-infant psychotherapy. Her research interests include the influences of the environmental and the psychosocial factors on parent-infant relationship and attachment during pregnancy, perinatal period and in early childhood. Sari’s clinical interest is in the implementation of the interventions that are based on attachment and early parent-infant relationship theories. She is one of the developers of the Close Collaboration with Parents training program.

 

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