Bart Michiels (researcher)

Bart Michiels holds a Master in Theoretical Psychology (KU Leuven), a PhD in Psychology (KU Leuven) as well as a Bachelor in music composition (Royal Antwerp Conservatoire). His doctoral research explored the use of single-case experimental designs to statistically evaluate CBT treatments for chronic pain.


As a lecturer/researcher in the department of Applied Psychology (AP Hogeschool), Bart is currently working on the Resilient Artists research program.


Tessa Weyns (researcher)

Magda Thielemans (researcher)

Tessa Weyns is a clinical psychologist, a Master in School Psychology (KU Leuven) as well as a Doctor in Psychology (KU Leuven). Her doctoral research focused on the importance of social relationships for the wellbeing of children and teenagers. In addition, she developed a prevention program aimed at breaking stereotypes about highly gifted students.


Tessa is currently employed as a researcher for the Resilient Artists research program as well as a lecturer in the department of Applied Psychology (AP Hogeschool) where she teaches courses on prevention and professional conduct.


Magda Thielemans studied Dance and Dance Education at the Higher Institute for Dance (currently: Royal Antwerp Conservatoire). She obtained her degree of Pedagogical Competence with distinction and subsequently graduated in Contemporary Dance with high distinction.


Working at the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire, she developed a Physical Awareness course for actors, singers and instrumentalists. Together with Anne Schütt and Nathalie Roussel she also did research on injury prevention among professional musicians. Magda is a member of the research group CORPoREAL of the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire ( ). 


Magda regularly gives masterclasses on Physical Awareness, including a yearly masterclass at the International Opera Academy in Ghent. She is also a part of the teaching team at the Music chapel Queen Elisabeth in Waterloo.


As a researcher, Magda is currently working on the Resilient Artists research program.


Hanne Claessens (research coordination)

Annouk Van Moorsel (research coordination)

Elisah D'Hooge (research coordination)

Hanne Claessens holds a Master degree in comparative Cultural sciences, a Master degree in Conflict & Development as well as a postgraduate international investigative journalism. During her studies her main interests were American Imperialism, the Kurdisch conflict in Turkey and the Israel-Palestine conflict. At this time she also did internships for MO* as well as the Flemish peace institute of the Flemish parliament.


Working at the Belgian Centre for Suicide Prevention she expanded her knowledge regarding health care, mental wellbeing and suicide prevention. This knowledge was subsequently utilized working as a researcher and project leader on 'psychosocial problems in general practice' at Domus Medica. At the University of Antwerp she worked on a research project with general practitioners and emergency departments in the Leuven/Tienen region on the integration of the general practitioners in emergency medical care and the organization of such care outside office hours.


As a researcher and research coordinator of the Applied Psychology department at AP, Hanne is also working on research regarding cultural sensitivity in recruitment as well as the Resilient Artists research project. She is part of the core team of the knowledge center iSOS.


Annouk Van Moorsel studied and obtained diplomas at the Urban Normal School of Antwerp (aggregated lower secondary physical education education, 1983), the Higher Institute for Dance (dance and dance teacher 1986 and 1996) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Licentiate in clinical psychology, 1991).


She has worked as a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher from 1984 to 2002. From 1987 she was appointed as a dance teacher in part-time art education and in higher art education (Higher Institute for Dance). She has been coordinator of the dance teacher training program since 2002.


At the Royal Antwerp Conservatoire she was responsible for the quality assurance policy of the department until 2007. After this she became head of the teacher training courses for dance, drama and music. Until 2017 she also taught developmental psychology and a course on didactics.


As a psychologist/therapist, Van Moorsel worked in her private practice and the group practice “de Psychologenassociatie” in Mechelen until 2007.


She is co-author of the book “4 je mee?” regarding initiation lessons for 6-year-olds with crossovers to the art disciplines drama, dance, music and image” (Garant, 2013) with co-authors Bob Selderslaghs, Sanne Caluwaerts and Indra Wolfaert.


Since 2005 she has been closely involved as a promoter and co-promoter in various research projects of the Royal Conservatoire department and the University of Antwerp. Since January 2018, Van Moorsel is chair of the research group CORPoREAL, with a strong focus on the performing arts, physicality and art education. She is a member of the Institutional Body of the Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool, the Council of the School of Arts Royal Conservatoire and the Research Council of the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Antwerp.


She is also involved in the Resilient Artists project as a research coordinater.

Elisah D’Hooge holds a PhD in Psychology as well as a degree in Pedagogical Competence. She has ample experience in quantitative and qualitative research as well as neuroimaging.


As the head of the department of Applied Psychology she coordinates various research projects, including the iSOS research group. She is involved in the Resilient Artists project as a research coordinater.

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