Kristen Van Bael

Kristen Van Bael

Research Assistant, MCRI

Kristen is the Research Assistant within the Somatoform Disorders Project. She envisions that her work will foster greater awareness of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and associated conditions, such as Somatic Symptom Disorder and Functional Neurological Disorder, within the Royal Children’s Hospital. This project involves developing consistent language regarding these conditions. Adopting a common language will hopefully facilitate earlier detection of somatising in children and young people presenting with MUS and ensure access to consistent quality care. Outside of her role at the MCRI, Kristen is currently a PhD candidate in psychology.

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