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Dr. Marlies Alvarenga

Senior Lecturer, Psychology




Berwick Campus, Online


Dr Marlies Alvarenga has a research background in cardiac neurosciences and women’s health. Dr Alvarenga’s key focus is in psychosomatic medicine, specifically cardiac neurosciences, where she has explored the nexus between mental illness and increased risk of heart disease.

Marlies’ recent work has focused on aspects of secondary prevention of heart disease and the development of psychocardiology measures, as well as the impact of stress on women’s cardiac health.

Marlies is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Clinical Psychologists. She is also an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) approved supervisor.

Marlies is a Lecturer in psychology, based at the Berwick campus of Federation University Australia.

Development of a short form of the Cardiac Distress Inventory

Buffering the Fear of COVID-19: Social Connectedness Mediates the Relationship between Fear of COVID-19 and Psychological Wellbeing

Editorial: Psychocardiology then and now – the genesis of a discipline

Measurement of Noradrenaline and Serotonin Metabolites With Internal Jugular Vein Sampling: An Indicator of Brain Monoamine Turnover in Depressive Illness and Panic Disorder

The cardiac distress inventory: A new measure of psychosocial distress associated with an acute cardiac event

Unraveling the Complexity of Cardiac Distress: A Study of Prevalence and Severity

Emerging approaches to the treatment of depression in patients with cardiovascular disease

Enhancing the appeal of cardiac rehabilitation for women: Development and pilot testing of a women-only yoga cardiac rehabilitation programme

The adrenal medulla in cardiovascular medicine: An untold story

Anxiety and Depression After a Cardiac Event: Prevalence and Predictors

Introduction: Patients who are anxious or depressed after an acute cardiac event are at increased...

Mood disorders

  • Book Chapters

Protocol for the development and validation of a measure of persistent psychological and emotional distress in cardiac patients: The Cardiac Distress Inventory

Introduction Distress is experienced by the majority of cardiac patients, yet no cardiac-specific...

Association Between Gender and Quality of Life Post Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Victorian Cardiac Outcomes Registry (VCOR) Study

What is cardiac distress and how should we measure it?

What role does personality play in cardiovascular disease?

Anxiety and cardiovascular disease: Epidemiology and proposed mechanisms

Anxiety disorders tend to be highly prevalent in heart disease, particularly amongst patients...

Handbook of Psychocardiology

Preface- Handbook of Psychocardiology

This handbook brings together the full weight of contemporary evidence bearing on what is now...

Psychocardiology now and where the evidence promises to take us in the future: A summing up

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Psychogenesis and heart disease now: The thinking heart in action

The termPsychocardiology has achieved prominence quite recently to describe both a field of...

The psychosocial impact of syncope

Syncope is a transient and abrupt loss of consciousness and postural tone due to a transient...

Treatment of anxiety within the practice of cardiology

This chapter will provide a definition of anxiety and describe methods for assessing it within...

Panic Disorder

The chapter focuses on sympathetic nervous activity and epinephrine secretion rates and...

Kindergarten attendance may reduce developmental impairments in children: Results from the Bavarian Pre-School Morbidity Survey

Background: The relative risks and benefits of children attending kindergarten or pre-school...

Extension and replication of an internet-based treatment program for panic disorder

Interpretation of ambiguous interoceptive stimuli in panic disorder and nonclinical panic

Serum lipids and their relationships with hostility and angry affect and behaviors in men