Karleen De Rijcke

Belgian CF Association, CF Europe

° 29 June 1966, Ghent, Belgium

Educational background

Masters in Psychology and Education, University of Ghent, Belgium Masters in International Development Collaboration, University of Ghent, Belgium PgD in Special Needs Education, University of Saskatchewan, Canada


  • 1992-1993 Early childhood counselor, De Tandem Ghent, Belgium
  • 1994-1995 Psychologist Diagnostic Services, Ghent Rehabilitation Center
  • From 1995 Family Counselor, Belgian Cystic Fibrosis Association
  • From 1999 CEO of the Belgian CF Association
  • From 2003 Board member of Cystic Fibrosis Europe (Federation of CF associations)
  • From 2005 President of Cystic Fibrosis Europe
  • From 2005 Member of the ECFS Conference Scientific committee
  • From 2006 Member of EurocareCF Advisory Committee and WP1 as patient advocate    

Special fields of interest  

  • Psychosocial aspects of CF care
  • Patient and family education and communication
  • Patient advocacy
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork