Dimitri Van Ryckeghem
Dimitri Van Ryckeghem is a visiting professor in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained his Phd in clinical psychology entitled 'Attention and pain: A cognitive-affective analysis.' in 2012. This PhD was supervised by Prof. dr. Geert Crombez. During his PhD, he investigated the interplay between attention and pain within a cognitive-affective framework. In particular, his research focused upon the influencing factors (such as attentional switching ability) of distraction efficacy as a strategy to cope with pain. Furthermore his research focuses upon the existence, antecedents and consequences of attentional bias towards pain-related information in people experiencing pain. Current research of Dimitri focuses upon distraction efficacy and task interference as predictors of daily pain outcomes in chronic pain patients using a dairy methodology.
- Cognitive-affective factors influencing the interplay between attention and pain
- Chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Attentional bias
- Pain coping strategies
- Self-regulation in chronic pain patients