Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee consists of all National and Deputy National Representatives,  all members of the Executive Committee, the PEC advisor and a representative of ACH.

National Representatives from countries with at least five members are all voting members in the committee and together with the Executive Committee make up the trustees of the charity.

Below is the Advisory Committee as appointed at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The next election will take place in Spring 2020.

Chair of Advisory Committee & Belgium: National Representative Lode Verreyen

Lode was trained as physiotherapist and works as such in a large multidisciplinary private practice in Antwerp. He also is assistant at the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of the Ghent University. There he is teaching communication to undergraduates of medicine, dentistry, and physiotherapy. He also is responsible for the training program of simulated patients. Within tEACH he is responsible for the Networking Group.

Austria: National Representative Marlene Sator

Marlene Sator, PhD (University of Vienna), is a linguist with a special focus on conversation and discourse analysis in the field of healthcare communication, professional communication trainer and psychotherapist in training under supervision.

Denmark: National Representative Gitte Thybo Pihl | Deputy National Representative Jane Ege Moeller

Gitte Thybo Pihl works as a lecturer at University College Lillebaelt in Denmark. She has a background in nursing and sociology, and obtained her PhD in 2017 on  a thesis about parents’ decision making and informational needs about vaccination.

Germany: National Representative Eva Maria Bitzer | Deputy National Representative Andrea Gaisser

Eva Maria Bitzer is since 2009 Professor for health education at the University of Education Freiburg, Head of Dept. of Public Health & Health Education. She is a medical doctor (1991), holds a postdoctoral degree in public health (1994) and did her professorial thesis in health services research (2009).

Iceland: National Representative Bryna Ingadottir (non voting)

Dr Brynja Ingadottir is an Icelandic clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and health scientist who received her PhD in 2016 at Linköping University, Sweden. Her doctoral studies focused on patient education and the patient as a learner, particularly in the surgical context, and with special interest in serious games as a media for education.

Ireland: National Representative Eva Doherty

Eva is a practising clinical psychologist who is also Director of the Human Factors in Patient Safety (HFPS) training, research and assessment programme at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The HFPS training is a mandatory component of the postgraduate professional training for surgical, emergency medicine and ophthalmology trainees.

The Netherlands: National Representative Marianne Brouwers | Deputy National Representative Iren Alders

Marianne Brouwers is a general practitioner and is currently finishing her PhD on teaching of patientcentred communication skills and breaking bad news at the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

New Zealand: National Representative Maria Stubbe

Maria Stubbe (DipTesl, NZDipTchg, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Applied Research on Communication in Health Group (ARCH) at the University of Otago, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, New Zealand.

Nigeria: National Representative Nnodimele Atulomah | Deputy National Representative Emmanuel Obi (non voting)

Dr Nnodimele Onuigbo Atulomah is a Professor of Public Health, specialising in Health Promotion and Education. I have worked in the academic setting in different capacities as Head of Department, Postgraduate coordinator for the department of Public Health and currently, the Dean of the School of Public and Allied Health Babcock University, Ogun State Nigeria. I have over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the work I do.

Norway: National Representative Hilde Eide

Hilde is professor in clinical communication and health counselling at University College of Southeast-Norway and head of research at The Science Centre Health and Technology in Drammen.

Portugal: National Representative Margarida Figueiredo Braga | Deputy National Representative Maria Grazia Rossi

Margarida is a psychiatrist and certified psychotherapist and supervisor in Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy since 2000. Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, she is teaching clinician-patient communication to undergraduate and graduate students since 2003.

Qatar: National Representative Alan Weber (non voting)

Dr. Alan S. Weber, PhD, has taught the Medical Humanities–including the history, philosophy and sociology of medicine and Islamic Medical Ethics–through writing intensive courses at Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar for the past twelve years.

South Africa: National Representative Bev Bolton (non voting)

Beverley Bolton is a clinical physiotherapist and teacher in the fields of chronic pain and healthcare communication. She is a founder and director of the non-profit organisation Train Pain Academy, formed to provide collaborative pain education and skills-training to health care professionals managing acute and chronic pain.

Switzerland: National Representative Nicola Diviani

Nicola Diviani is a SNF Ambizione Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Lucerne, Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy and at Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF), Human Functioning Unit, Person Centered Health Care & Health Communication Group. He is the Principal Investigator of a three-year project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aimed at providing new insights into the concept of critical health literacy.

UK: National Representative Lorraine Noble | Deputy National Representative Andy Ward

Lorraine Noble is the academic lead for Clinical Communication at UCL Medical School in London, UK, and the UCL representative on the UK Council of Clinical Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education. 

USA: National Representative Richard Brown | Deputy National Representative Monica Broome

Richard completed his Ph.D in the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2004, while concurrently working as Deputy Director of the Medical Psychology Research Group.

Sara Rubinelli, President

Sara Rubinelli is Assistant Professor in Health Communication at the University of Luzern (CH), Coordinator of the Human Functioning Unit and Leader of the Person-Centered Healthcare Group at Swiss Paraplegic Research (CH). She holds a degree in Classics and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan (I) and a PhD from the University of Leeds (UK) in the areas of logic, argumentation theory and rhetoric. From 2003 to 2009 she was the Scientific Coordinator of the Institute of Communication and Health of the University of Lugano (CH).

Marcy Rosenbaum, President Elect

Marcy is Professor of Family Medicine and Faculty Development Consultant for the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education at the University of Iowa. She has been actively involved in teaching, curriculum development and conducting research on clinician-patient communication for the more than 20 years.

Evelyn van Weel – Baumgarten, Past President

Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and until a few years ago combined clinical work with teaching and research at the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Peter Martin, chair pEACH

Peter is the Palliative Medicine Physician and Regional Director of Palliative Care for Barwon Health and Clinical Associate Professor with Deakin University.

Arwen Pieterse, chair rEACH

A.H. (Arwen) Pieterse, PhD, associate professor at the department of Biomedical Data Sciences of Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. Main research focus is on shared decision making, risk communication and values clarification.

Sandra Winterburn, co-chair tEACH, UK

Sandra has a background in nursing and currently works as a Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School where she leads the clinical communication curriculum.

Geurt Essers, co-chair tEACH, Netherlands

Geurt has a Master in Psychology and has worked many years in primary care (as a psychologist, team coach, consultant and trainer). He has worked for over twenty years as a communication teacher in postgraduate medical education.