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Martien Schrooten

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work


Phone: +46 19 303626

Room: L2628

Martien Schrooten

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About Martien Schrooten


Martien has a PhD in experimental clinical psychology from Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and did postdoc research at the universities of Maastricht, Leuven (Belgium) and Örebro. In 2014 she became assistant professor (forskarassistent) at Örebro University, where she is an active member of the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP). She is also a visiting research fellow in the Research Group on Health Psychology of the University of Leuven.

Research focus

Most of Martien's research has focused on understanding the cognitive and motivational mechanisms underlying anxiety and (anticipated) pain by using behavioural experiments. Trained as an experimental psychologist and having profound knowledge of research methods and pain psychology, she contributes to the further development and research specialization of CHAMP. Her current work at CHAMP focuses mainly on:

1) Attentional bias for pain and for information that refers to pain or (pain-related) negative affect.

2) Expectations about pain and pain relief, and their modification by interpersonal communication.

Other research interests include pain-related activity interruptions and prospective memory, pain-related goal-conflicts and decision-making, interpretation bias, and cognitive-behavioural treatment for (chronic) pain.


Martien is actively involved in teaching activities within the psychology program at Örebro University, as lecturer, course coordinator and supervisor of research (thesis) projects.


Articles in journals | 

Articles in journals

Arnison, T. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Hesser, H. , Jansson-Fröjmark, M. & Persson, J. (2021). Longitudinal, bidirectional relationships of insomnia symptoms and musculoskeletal pain across adolescence: the mediating role of mood. Pain.
Flink, I. , Reme, S. , Jacobsen, H. B. , Glombiewski, J. , Vlaeyen, J. W. S. , Nicholas, M. K. , Main, C. J. , Peters, M. & et al. (2020). Pain psychology in the 21st century: lessons learned and moving forward. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 20 (2), 229-238.
Gatzounis, R. , Crombez, G. , Schrooten, M. G. S. & S. Vlaeyen, J. W. (2019). A break from pain!: Interruption management in the context of pain. Pain management, 9 (1), 81-91.
Traxler, J. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Dibbets, P. & Vancleef, L. M. G. (2019). Interpretation bias in the face of pain: a discriminatory fear conditioning approach. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 19 (2), 383-395.
Karsdorp, P. A. , Schrooten, M. G. S. & Geenen, R. (2018). Attentional control and the competition between nonpain goals and the threat of pain. European Journal of Pain, 22 (1), 181-190.
Edebol-Carlman, H. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Ljóttson, B. , Boersma, K. , Linton, S. J. & Brummer, R. J. (2018). Cognitive behavioral therapy for irritable bowel syndrome: the effects on state and trait anxiety and the autonomic nervous system during induced rectal distensions - An uncontrolled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 18, 81-91.
Gatzounis, R. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Crombez, G. & Vlaeyen, J. (2018). Effects of activity interruptions by pain on pattern of activity performance: An experimental investigation. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 18, 109-119.
Gatzounis, R. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Crombez, G. & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2018). Forgetting to remember?: Prospective memory within the context of pain. European Journal of Pain, 22 (3), 614-625.
Schrooten, M. G. S. , Van Damme, S. , Crombez, G. , Kindermans, H. & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2018). Winning or not losing?: The impact of non-pain goal focus on attentional bias to learned pain signals. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 18 (4), 675-686.
Schrooten, M. G. S. & Linton, S. J. (2017). Changing pain expectations: the role of social context and communication. Pain, 158 (7), 1185-1186.
Carstens, J. K. P. , Boersma, K. , Schrooten, M. G. S. & Linton, S. J. (2017). Effects of validating communication on recall during a pain-task in healthy participants. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 17, 118-125.
Edebol-Carlman, H. , Ljotsson, B. , Linton, S. J. , Boersma, K. , Schrooten, M. , Repsilber, D. & Brummer, R. J. (2017). Face-to-Face Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Effects on Gastrointestinal and Psychiatric Symptoms. Gastroenterology Research and Practice.
Gatzounis, R. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Crombez, G. , Vancleef, L. M. G. & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2017). Taking a break in response to pain: An experimental investigation of the effects of interruptions by pain on subsequent activity resumption. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 16, 52-60.
Boersma, K. , Ljótsson, B. , Edebol-Carlman, H. , Schrooten, M. , Linton, S. J. & Brummer, R. J. (2016). Exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy for irritable bowel syndrome: A single-case experimental design across 13 subjects. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45 (6), 415-430.
Linton, S. J. , Flink, I. K. , Schrooten, M. G. S. & Wiksell, R. (2016). Understanding Co-occurring Emotion and Pain: The Role of Context Sensitivity from a Transdiagnostic Perspective. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 46 (3), 129-137.
Schrooten, M. G. S. , Vancleef, L. & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2015). Attention allocation to ambiguous health/somatic threat cues. European Journal of Pain, 19 (7), 1002-1011.
Khatibi, A. , Schrooten, M. , Bosmans, K. , Volders, S. , Vlaeyen, J. W. S. & Van den Bussche, E. (2015). Sub-optimal presentation of painful facial expressions enhances readiness for action and pain perception following electrocutaneous stimulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.
Linton, S. J. , Schrooten, M. , Lind, M. & Flink, I. K. (2015). Understanding co-occurring pain and emotion: a transdiagnostic approach to treatment. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84, 45-46.
Khatibi, A. , Vachon-Presseau, E. , Schrooten, M. , Vlaeyen, J. & Rainville, P. (2014). Attention effects on vicarious modulation of nociception and pain. Pain, 155 (10), 2033-2039.
Gatzounis, R. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Crombez, G. & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2014). Interrupted by pain: an anatomy of pain-contingent activity interruptions. Pain, 155 (7), 1192-1195.
Schrooten, M. G. S. , Wiech, K. & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2014). When pain meets...: pain-related choice behavior and pain perception in different goal conflict situations. Journal of Pain, 15 (11), 1166-1178.
Schrooten, M. G. S. , Karsdorp, P. A. & Vlaeyen, J. W. S. (2013). Pain catastrophizing moderates the effects of pain-contingent task interruptions. European Journal of Pain, 17 (7), 1082-92.