Karolien Aelbrecht was born in 1984 in Ghent. She is trained as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She works as an academic assistant and as department manager at Ghent University, at the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare.
As an assistant, Karolien teaches communication skills to medical students and students dentistry. For her doctoral thesis, she looks at the role of diversity on the quality of doctor-patient communication.
As department manager, Karolien is responsible for human resources, fundraising and management of finances.