Lieke Wirken graduated from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2009 (Clinical Psychology). Afterwards, she combined research and clinical practice in the department of Medical Psychology of the Radboud university medical center and the department of Rheumatology of the St. Maartenskliniek Nijmegen. Subsequently, she started her PhD project about the psychosocial screening of living kidney donors, coordinated by the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit of Leiden University, and the department of Medical Psychology and the department of Nephrology of the Radboud university medical center Nijmegen. This project was sponsored by the Dutch Kidney Foundation and resulted in 2018 in the dissertation entitled ‘Psychosocial consequences of living kidney donation: from screening to intervention’. Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher and teacher at the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology Unit of Leiden University. She coordinates an implementation project on an eHealth psychosocial care path for living kidney donors.
Lieke Wirken’s research focuses on psychosocial factors in living kidney donation. She studies which factors should be part of the psychosocial screening before donation, and which (potential) donors could benefit from additional support during the donation procedure. Furtermore, she evaluates an online cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention for donors that experience difficulties during the donation procedure.
Lieke Wirken teaches courses in the Bachelor program of Psychology (e.g., Health and Medical Psychology and Perspective on Carreer planning) and in the Master program of Psychology (e.g., master theses).
- 2017: Dutch Kidney Foundation - A systematic implementation of an eHealth self-management care protocol for kidney donors according to the RE-AIM framework
- Prof. dr. AWM Evers (Leiden University)
- Prof. dr. LB Hilbrands (Radboudumc, Nijmegen)
- Prof. dr. AJ Hoitsma (Radboudumc, Nijmegen)