Aleksandra (Ola) Borek
BA, MA, PhD
Qualitative Researcher in Behavioural Science
I am a postdoctoral researcher with social sciences background researching health-related behaviour change. I work in the Infectious Diseases Research Group on studies that aim to help reduce antibiotic use in primary care; for example, ‘Improving the uptake and sustainability of effective interventions to promote prudent antibiotic use in primary care’ (STEP-UP study), exploring the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship interventions (ENACT study), and looking at the role of locum GPs in antimicrobial stewardship. I use qualitative methods and behavioural sciences tools to better understand mechanisms of action and implementation of behaviour-change interventions.
My background is in sociology and social research methods (University of York) and health psychology and behaviour change (University of Exeter Medical School). Previously to working on antibiotic prescribing, I investigated social / interpersonal change processes in group-based behaviour-change interventions focusing on weight loss and diabetes prevention groups (MAGI study) and support groups to promote health and wellbeing (Healthy Parent Carers programme).
My research interests include behaviour change, design and process evaluation of complex health interventions, health promotion, group dynamics and social change processes, and qualitative and mixed methods.
'We're all in the same boat': A qualitative study on how groups work in a diabetes prevention and management programme.
Borek AJ. et al, (2019), British journal of health psychology
Identifying change processes in group-based health behaviour-change interventions: Development of the Mechanisms of Action in Group-based Interventions (MAGI) framework.
Borek AJ. et al, (2019), Health Psychol Rev, 1 - 132
How do Small Groups Promote Behaviour Change? An Integrative Conceptual Review of Explanatory Mechanisms
(2018), Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 10, 30 - 61
Group-Based Diet and Physical Activity Weight-Loss Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials
(2018), Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 10, 62 - 86
Healthy Parent Carers programme: development and feasibility of a novel group-based health-promotion intervention
Borek AJ. et al, (2018), BMC Public Health