Carmen obtained a Master's degree in Clinical and Health Psychology at the KU Leuven in 2015. Five months of internship as a psychologist in Peru deepened her motivation to continue her career in health promotion. In 2016, she obtained a second Master's degree in Research in Applied Psychology to Health Sciences, with a specialization in Sports and Health Psychology, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain. Carmen worked six months at the Quality of Life Department at the EORTC in Brussels, coordinating the development of quality of life measures for cancer research. As of November 2018, she started an interdisciplinary PhD at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Ghent University.
Under supervision of prof. dr. Geert Crombez, prof. dr. Greet Cardon and dr. Ann DeSmet, Carmen has been working on the MOV-E-STAR project (funded by the Flemish Government and FWO Red Nose Fund). The project concerned the participatory development and evaluation of a mobile health (mHealth) behaviour change intervention to encourage youth (12 - 15 years) to adopt a healthy lifestyle with the aim to promote their mental health. Carmen’s PhD research involved the participatory design of the mHealth intervention #LIFEGOALS, the evaluation of its health effects, and an investigation of the user engagement with the different intervention components.
- Health promotion
- Preventive psychology
- Positive psychology
- Healthy lifestyles
- Stress- and emotion regulation