Kyrsten Corbijn van Willenswaard

Research Theme: Maternal & Child Health

Research Title: A Music-based Intervention to Reduce Stress in Pregnant Women

Research Interests: Women’s health, maternal health, mental health and health behaviour change.

Supervisors: Dr Fiona Lynn, Dr Jennifer McNeill, Prof Fiona Alderdice


Twitter: @KyrstenCorbijn

Personal Bio

I moved from the Netherlands to Scotland in 2009 to start my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. During this time I realised that I enjoyed health-related research, and decided to do an MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research at Newcastle University. Although I’ve always been interested in women’s health it was my dissertation in maternal obesity that made me realise that maternal health was what I wanted to research. I started my PhD at the School of Nursing & Midwifery in October 2013.

Project Summary

Stress in pregnancy has been shown to have adverse effects on the health of both mother and infant. There is a growing body of evidence in healthcare settings supporting the use of music to promote a sense of wellbeing. Using mixed methods I hope to design an intervention by finding out what is wanted/needed from an intervention and the best outcome measurement tools to assess levels of stress. A music-based intervention can potentially be a low-cost, and easily accessible way to improve the mental well-being of pregnant women. 

My Perfect PhD Day

When I go home at the end of the day feeling like I’ve achieved everything I wanted to.

Other Activities

Student member of the School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Ethics Committee

When I’m not PhDing…

I’m (trying) to learn a new language

Conferences & Publications

Corbijn van Willenswaard, K.; Lynn, F.; McNeill, J.; McQueen, K.; Dennis, C-L.; Lobel, M.; Alderdice, F. (2015, 15th September). A systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions to reduce stress in pregnant women. Oral presentation at the 35th Annual Society for Reproductive Infant Psychology (SRIP) conference, Nottingham, UK.

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