Linda Kwakkenbos

Name: Linda Kwakkenbos
Country: Netherlands
Degrees: Ph.D.
Current job title: Post-doctoral Fellow
Institution: Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Short autobiography:

Linda Kwakkenbos obtained a MSc degree in Behavioural Science (2008) at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, after which she completed her PhD work in Social Sciences at the Rheumatology Department of the Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen and the Behavioural Science Institute of the Radboud University Nijmegen (January 2013). Her thesis focused on the assessment and treatment of psychological well-being in systemic sclerosis (scleroderma).

Currently, Linda is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry of McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada. With Dr. Brett Thombs, Linda co-directs the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN), an international team of researchers, clinicians, scleroderma patients, and patient advocates devoted to developing and implementing patient-centered care that targets important issues related to quality of life and well-being among people with scleroderma.In addition, she is a guest researcher at the Behavioural Science Institute, Clinical Psychology at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Reason for joining: Building a network is necessary to leverage research on dissatisfaction with appearance
Current research interest in relation to the COST Action: Outcome measures; Research design; Development of online tools to support people with disfigurements (due to medical conditions) in coping with body image concerns.
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