Short CV/Education and training

  • 1987
    Bachelor degree, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Denmark; main subject: Business Languages English and French (Den Erhvervssproglige Korrespondenteksamen Engelsk-Fransk)

  • 1993
    Bachelor degree, University of Manitoba, Canada; main subject: Psychology; distinction: BA Honors degree

  • 1996
    Master's degree, University of Aarhus, Denmark; main subject: Health and Clinical Psychology

  • Since 2000
    Visiting professor, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2002
    Doctorate, University of Aarhus, Denmark; date: 21 June, 2002; supervisors: Professor Ask Elklit (University of Aarhus) & Dr. Mogens Lytken Larsen, MD (Aarhus University Hospital)

  • 2002 – 2003
    Post-doctoral fellow, full-time, fixed-term, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2003 – 2005
    Assistant professor, full-time, fixed term, Department of Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

  • 2005 – 2007
    Assistant professor, full-time, tenured term, Department of Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

  • 2007 – 2009
    Associate professor, full-time, tenured term, Department of Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

  • Since 2009
    Visiting professor, Department of Cardiology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark

  • Since 2009
    Professor of Cardiac Psychology, full-time, tenured term, Department of Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

  • Since 2012
    Adjunct professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Departments of Cardiology and Psychology, Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Selected publications

  • Pedersen SS, Tekle FB, Hoogwegt MT, Jordaens J, Theuns DAMJ (2012). Shock and preimplantation Type D personality are associated with poor health status in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Circulation: Cardiovascular and Quality Outcomes, 5:373-380.

  • Pedersen SS, Brouwers C, Versteeg H (2012). Psychological vulnerability, ventricular tachyarrhythmias and mortality in implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients: Is there a link? Expert Reviews of Medical Devices, 9:377-388.

  • Pedersen SS, Hoogwegt MT, Jordaens L, Theuns DAMJ (2011). Pre implantation psychological functioning preserved in majority of implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients 12 months post implantation. International Journal of Cardiology, Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Pedersen SS, Hoogwegt MT, Jordaens L, Theuns DAMJ (2011). Relation of symptomatic heart failure and psychological status to persistent depression in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator. American Journal of Cardiology, 108:69-74.

  • Pedersen SS, Kupper H, van Domburg RT (2011). Heart and mind: Are we closer to disentangling the relationship between emotions and poor prognosis in heart disease? Editorial. European Heart Journal, 32:2341-2343.

  • Pedersen SS, van den Broek KC, Theuns DAMJ, Erdman RAM, Alings M, Meijer A, Jordaens L, Denollet J (2011). Risk of chronic anxiety in implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients: A multi-center study. International Journal of Cardiology, 147:420-423.

  • Pedersen SS, Versteeg H, Denollet J, Cheng JM, Serruys PW, van Domburg RT (2011). Patient-rated health status predicts prognosis following percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stenting. Quality of Life Research, 20:559-567.

  • Johansen JB, Mortensen PT, Videbæk R. Riahi S, Møller M, Haarbo J. Pedersen SS (2011). Attitudes towards implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy: A national survey in Danish health care professionals. Europace, 13:663-667.

  • Pedersen SS, Spek V, Theuns DAMJ, Alings M, van der Voort P, Jordaens L, Cuijpers P, Denollet J, van den Broek KC (2009). Rationale and design of WEBCARE: A randomized, controlled, web-based behavioral intervention trial in cardioverter-defibrillator patients to reduce anxiety and device concerns and enhance quality of life. Trials, 10:120.

  • Pedersen SS, Kupper N, Denollet J. Psychological factors and heart disease. In J Camm, T Lüscher, & P Serruys (eds): ESC TEXTBOOK OF CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE (Chapter 37), 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, 2009.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • WEB-based distress management program for implantable CARdioverter dEfibrillator patients (WEBCARE); a six-center randomized controlled trial in ICD patients.

  • Psychological ReactiOn to predicTivE GENetic screening in patients and families at risk for sudden cardiac Death due to genetic abnOrmalities (PROTEGENDO); a three-center observational study.

  • The influence of PSYchological factors on HEAlth outcomes in patients tReaTed with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A prospective, single-center, observational study (PSYHEART-CRT); a single-center, observational study that includes biomarkers.

  • ADJUSTment following implantation of a Left Ventricular Assist Device in patients with end-stage heart failure, and their partners: a prospective, multi-center observational study (ADJUST-LVAD); a three-center observational study including two centers in The Netherlands and one in Canada (St. Paul?s Hospital, Vancouver).

  • Mood and personality as precipitants of arrhythmia in patients with an Implantable cardioverter Defibrillator: A prospective Study (MIDAS); a single-center, observational study of ICD patients and partners. The study includes information on heart rate variability.

  • A prospective cohort study to identify patients with atrial fibrillation who benefit less from pulmonary vein ablation (REACH-AF); a single-center, observational study with event recordings that is now likely to expand to a three-center study.

  • Psychological factors and biomarkers in cardiac patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention: Overlapping or independent risk markers for morbidity and mortality? A single-center, observational study with both demographic, clinical, psychological (and in some cases biomarker data), and clinical follow-up data from cohorts treating with PCI from 2001 to 2007.

  • Utilization of implantable cardioverter DEFIBrillator therapy in the treatment of heart disease: Clinical and psychological outcomes in WOMEN (The DEFIB-WOMEN Study).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Nucleus member within the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), since 2012

  • Acting section editor (Allied Professionals), Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, since 2011

  • Editorial Board member, Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, since 2011

  • Chair of the Programme Committee and Board Member of the Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP), under the auspices of the European Society of Cardiology, since 2010

  • Steering committee member of "Evaluation oF FactORs ImpacTing CLinical Outcome and Cost EffectiveneSS of the S-ICD (The EFFORTLESS S-ICD Registry)", Cameron Health Inc., since 2010

  • Steering committee member of "Utilization of implantable cardioverter DEFIBrillator therapy in the treatment of heart disease: Clinical and psychological outcomes in WOMEN (The DEFIB-WOMEN Study)", since 2010

Additional qualifications

  • BA in languages (English and French)


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