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Doctor Kelly Wierenga

Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis (United States of America)

Dr. Wierenga’s primary program of research focuses on improving recovery and secondary prevention for patients in outpatient cardiovascular rehabilitation following a myocardial infarction. Her research interests lie in how improving abilities to adaptively regulate emotions during a stressful period of recovery can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in these individuals. These improvements in psychological symptoms paired with cardiovascular rehabilitation may increase the uptake and sustaining of a regular exercise program long-term. She has developed a treatment using mechanisms of emotion regulation to support recovery to improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and physical activity. This treatment has demonstrated early efficacy in a small pilot sample, was refined and is currently being tested in a remotely accessible mobile app.

Daily intra-individual variability of positive but not negative affect impacts moderate to vigorous physical activity

Event: ESC Congress 2020

Topic: Chronic Nursing Care

Session: Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions ePosters


Feasibility analysis of an emotion regulation intervention to improve self-management behaviors for patients in cardiovascular rehabilitation

Event: EuroHeartCare 2019

Topic: Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, Other

Session: Cardiovascular Nursing


Predictors of poor physical activity in Elderly: A systematic review

Event: EuroHeartCare 2017

Topic: Prevention and rehabilitation from knowledge to practice

Session: Prevention and rehabilitation from knowledge to practice


Improving self-management in patients with RENEwS; development of an emotion regulation intervention

Event: EuroHeartCare 2017

Topic: Education and behavioural aspects

Session: Education and behavioural aspects


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