Updated 19 May 2020

The Organisation Committee of the
​​​​​​​European Psychosocial Special Interest Group

The informal committee comprises of four psychosocial professionals active in CF care.  Each member serves for a period of three years and takes on lead roles in organizing EPSIG.  

The present committee was formed in 2017 with tenure to be renewed in 2020.  It aims to build on the work of previous committee members who have been central in developing EPSIG and excellent ECFS pre-conference programmes. Current committee members are: Alistair JA Duff, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK [Chair]; Eddie Landau, Consultant Clinical & Medical Psychologist, IL; Angelique Tijtgat, Social Worker, BE, Urszula Borawska, Psychologist, PL; Dagmar Brocke, Clinical Social Worker, NL;  Annet Bongen, Medical Social Worker, NL

Alistair JA Duff, DClinPsych (UK)

Alistair started working in the Leeds Regional Paediatric CF Unit in July 1995, developing a specialist clinical interest in adherence to treatment, procedural distress, neonatal screening and transplantation.  He has continues to be research active in these areas.  Becoming Head of Psychology Services for Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2007, he also focused on integrating clinical psychology services into other medical specialties.  He was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2012 and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professorship in the School of Medicine, University of Leeds in 2014. He remains active in clinical practice, teaching, training and research.

Eddie Landau, PhD (IL)

Eddie is a Consultant Clinical & Medical Psychologist working at the Schneider Children's Medical Center (SCMC) in Petah Tikva, Israel.  She is the psychologist at the SCMC Graub CF Center, Institute of Pulmonology, which is one of the largest CF clinics in Israel and the Middle East.  Her PhD is from Bar Ilan University, Israel, and her Masters’ degree was from Cambridge University, UK.  She was a Research Fellow at Yale University, USA.  Eddie’s clinical activities involve a wide range of psychotherapeutic interventions and diagnostic work with children and adults with CF and their families.  In addition, Eddie works closely with the multi-disciplinary staff in the clinic, helping to improve medical compliance with the patients and to develop better tools to cope with chronic illness in the family.  Research projects include clinical adherence interventions, as well as assessing mental health, coping strategies and improving quality of life for chronically ill patients and their families.  Eddie has a private psychotherapy practice in Tel Aviv working with adults, children and couples. 

Angelique Tijtgat (BE)

Angelique is a Social Worker and Systemic Counsellor at the CF Center, University Hospital Brussels. She started working in the CF Center in 2004 where she has been working with children, adults and their family. Since 2011, she took several courses at the 'Interactie-Academie' where they are specialized in systems theory, communication and interactions between people. In 2017 she received her recognition Systemic Counsellor. Her special interests are parents and parenting (with CF).

Urszula Borawska (PL)

Urszula started work as a psychologist in the CF Center at the Mother and Child Institute in Warsaw in 2002. She continues her clinical work at the Hospital in Dziekanów Leśny, where there is the largest paediatric CF Center in Poland. She received her PhD from the Medical University of Warsaw. As a member of the CF MDT, Urszula is mainly involved in diagnosis, psychological interventions and supporting children with CF and their families. Her research interests include emotional well-being, adherence and the quality of life of children, parents and healthy siblings. She actively collaborates with patient associations and organises lectures and workshops for parents of all chronically ill children.

Dagmar Brocke (NL)

Dagmar is a clinical social worker at the CF and Lung transplantation Center, University Hospital in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She started at UMC in 2004 and works with adult CF patients and patients who enter the lung transplant care pathway. Dagmar completed training in Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Minfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and uses these therapeutic modalities daily in clinical practice. Her special interests are psychosocial problems of CF-patients post-lung transplantation and fertility issues and prospective parenthood of CF patients after lung transplantation.

Annet Bongen (NL)

Annet is medical social worker at the CF Center, University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands. She started working in the CF Center in 2001 and works with adults with CF and their families. Annet also works with patients who have lung cancer and their families. She has completed training courses in Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Minfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).