Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Past President, chair of rEACH, chair of tEACH, chair of pEACH, chair of the Advisory Committee and the Treasurer. The Executive Committee are all trustees of the charity and look after the daily work and functions of the association including the strategic plan, budget planning and finances. They are the highest decision making body of the association.

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    Maddalena Fiordelli

    Maddalena Fiordelli is Scientific Researcher and Lecturer at the USI Faculty of Communication Sciences (CH), where she obtained her PhD in 2009. During her PhD she was visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam. Her main research interests include eHealth, mHealth, participatory research, and social isolation. Maddalena collaborates with the Swiss Paraplegic Research and the Faculty of BioMedicine (USI). Since 2019 she is the treasurer of the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH).
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    Chair pEACH

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    Chair rEACH

    Arwen Pieterse

    The Netherlands
    Arwen Pieterse, PhD, associate professor at the department of Biomedical Data Sciences of Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. She studied Cognitive Psychology and graduated (cum laude) in 1998. She obtained her PhD in 2005. She was Research fellow of the Dutch Cancer Society (2008-2011). She obtained several grants to study doctor and patient treatment preferences, communication during decision consultations, values elicitation, and determinants of shared decision making. Based on her research, she co-developed an e-learning to teach shared decision making skills to medical students and clinicians. She received the 2018 Jozien Bensing award from EACH, granted biennially to early-career researchers.
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    Co-chair tEACH

    Sandra Winterburn

    Sandra works as an Associate Professor at Norwich Medical School where she leads the clinical communication curriculum. She has a background in nursing and has been actively involved in teaching clinician-patient communication to a range of professional groups, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, for more than 15 years. She is co-chair of tEACH together with Geurt Essers.
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    Chair of the Advisory Committee & Chair of the Networking Committee

    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.
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    Sara Rubinelli

    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).
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    Marcy Rosenbaum

    Marcy Rosenbaum is Professor of Family Medicine and Faculty Development Consultant for the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education atthe 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. She also has spent her career conducting research and directing programs focused on enhancing medical faculty teaching skills in classroom and clinical settings, She has helped facilitate train the trainers seminars throughout the world. She helped found and is current Chair of the tEACH committee.
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    Past President

    Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten

    The Netherlands
    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. She became involved in developing and teaching of communication skills in 1987 and has been the coordinator of the clinical communication skills program at the medical school until her retirement in 2016. The current Nijmegen curriculum, in which she still teaches on request, contains a longitudinal integrated program in clinical communication that spans over the full 6 years of undergraduate training. It contains many experiential training sessions with simulated patients for which she developed a quality assurance programme.