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Dr Marlies Alvarenga

Lecturer, Psychology

School of Science, Psychology and Sport




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.

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...

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...

Anxiety and cardiovascular disease: Epidemiology and proposed mechanisms

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

Handbook of Psychocardiology

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

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