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Marlies Alvarenga


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A clinical psychologist with over twelve years of experience as an academic, scientific researcher and clinician.  Dr Alvarenga is a Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the School of Public Health at Monash University. Her main area of interest is in psychosomatic medicine, specifically cardiac neurosciences. Dr Alvarenga has researched the link between stress, mental illness and increased risk or incidence of cardiovascular disease. These contributions are manifest (inter alia) in the recently published Handbook of Psychocardiology (Springer 2016). This two volume, 60 chapter work has now been downloaded wholly or as individual chapters in electronic form several thousand times (publisher's data), and looks set to be a benchmark in the area. Importantly, Dr Alvarenga carries her research (and that of others) directly into the clinical arena – as a clinical practitioner and was instrumental in founding a highly used psychocardiology clinic within MonashHeart, Monash Medical Centre’s Cardiology Department. She has exceptional organisational skills - as evidenced by her pivotal involvement in organising three very successful conferences on psychocardiology in Prato, Italy (2008, 2010 and 2012) on behalf of The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Monash University – the first scientific meeting with a specific focus on the nexus between psychology, psychiatry and cardiology. She is also past Clinic Director of Monash University’s Psychology Clinic. Dr Alvarenga is an active practicing clinician and an AHPRA endorsed clinical supervisor.

Research area keywords

  • Psychocardiology
  • Mental Health

Research Output 2004 2010

9 Citations (Scopus)

Kindergarten attendance may reduce developmental impairments in children: Results from the Bavarian Pre-School Morbidity Survey

Caniato, R., Alvarenga, M. E., Stich, H. L., Jansen, H. & Baune, B. T., 2010, In : Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 38, 6, p. 580 - 586 7 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Changing rates of physical and psychosocial impairments over 9 years in cohorts of school beginners in Germany: Long-term trends of impairments in children

Caniato, R., Stich, H. L., Alvarenga, M. E., Kraemer, A. & Baune, B. T., 2009, In : Zeitschrift fur Gesundheitswissenschaften. 17, 2, p. 137 - 144 8 p.

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6 Citations (Scopus)

Health service utilization in patients with major depression and co-morbid pain

Alvarenga, M. E., Caniato, R., Mauritz, A., Braun, A., Aljeesh, Y. & Baune, B., 2009, In : Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 63, 1, p. 101 - 106 6 p.

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Chronic mental stress is a cause of essential hypertension: Presence of biological markers of stress

Esler, M. D., Eikelis, N., Schlaich, M., Lambert, G. W., Alvarenga, M., Dawood, T., Kaye, D., Barton, D. A., Pier, C., Guo, L., Brenchley, C., Jennings, G. & Lambert, E., 2008, In : Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. 35, 4, p. 498 - 502 5 p.

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66 Citations (Scopus)

Human sympathetic nerve biology: parallel influences of stress and epigenetics in essential hypertension and panic disorder

Esler, M., Eikelis, N., Schlaich, M., Lambert, G., Alvarenga, M., Kaye, D., El-Osta, A., Guo, L., Barton, D., Pier, C., Brenchley, C., Dawood, T., Jennings, G. & Lambert, E., 1 Dec 2008, In : Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1148, p. 338—348 11 p.

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