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Senior Research Leader and Head of Department

Dr. Iveta Nagyova is a Senior Research Leader and Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia (UPJS;

She is also a President of the Section on Chronic Diseases at the European Public Health Association ( and a member of the Platform for Healthcare Innovations at the Institute of Health Policies, Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic. She graduated in Psychology at UPJS and obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Her research interests are in psychological and social adaptive processes in patients with chronic disease. Apart from studying changes in quality of life over time and the psychological mechanisms of adjustment, her recent interests are in the wider implementation of this knowledge into integrated models of care as well as the links between behavioural medicine and public health.

She is a (co)author of more than 70 peer-reviewed international scientific articles; her h-index is 16. As a project partner and national coordinator she has been involved in over a dozen European projects, including FP7 projects.

Since 2004 she has served as a supervisor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where she has been leading a group of 17 PhD students, 16 of whom have already defended their PhD theses. She also serves as an advisor to the WHO Country Office in the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Ministry of Health in the field of chronic diseases, integrated care and public health.