Research Interests

Reproductive health, migration and health, prevention of cancer and infectious disease, health disparities, global health

Education

Post-doctoral training: Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
PhD in Psychology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Overview

Irina Todorova is a health psychologist and conducts research on issues related to psychosocial aspects of health and well-being, social change and health, and health and gender inequalities. Her specific areas have been migration and health, reproductive health including new reproductive technologies; inequalities in cancer prevention, burnout in medical professionals. She teaches courses in health psychology at the Department of Applied Psychology. Todorova’s expertise is in qualitative (narrative) and mixed methods approaches and she has taught several methodological courses. She has mentored multiple undergraduate, Masters and doctoral students in their capstones and theses, which have included qualitative and mixed-methods research. To her work she brings a commitment to reducing health disparities, focusing on equity for women in Eastern Europe, and immigrant groups in the US. Todorova was appointed as Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society for outstanding contribution to the advancement of health psychology knowledge and practice by research, training, publication and public service.

Affiliations

Department of Applied Psychology; Faculty Director for Continuing Education, Dean’s Office, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Faculty at Harvard Medical School & Scientific Advisor at Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate, Boston, MA

Editor: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, An Open Access Journal. Official Journal of the EHPS

Selected Honors and Awards

Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

President: European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) 2008-2010

Editor: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, An Open Access Journal

Award for contribution to Bulgarian School in Boston in honor of its 10th Anniversary

Women’s Health Hero (with colleagues), In recognition for contributions to women’s health internationally; from Our Bodies, Ourselves Global Network

Selected Publications

Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M., & Todorova, I. (2008). Learning a New Land: The Experience of Newcomer Immigrant Youth: Harvard University Press.

Todorova, I., Alexandrova-Karamanova, A., Panayotova, Y., Dimitrova, E., & Kotzeva, T. (2014). Managing Uncertainty: Healthcare Professionals’ Meanings Regarding the HPV Vaccine. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21(1), 29-36. doi: 10.1007/s12529-013-9343-9

Todorova, I., Guzzardo, M. T., Adams, W. E., & Falcón, L. M. (2015). Gratitude and longing: Meanings of health in aging for Puerto Rican adults in the mainland. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(12), 1602-1612. doi: 10.1177/1359105313519155

Craciun, C., Todorova, I., & Baban, A. (2018). “Taking responsibility for my health”: Health system barriers and women’s attitudes toward cervical cancer screening in Romania and Bulgaria. Journal of Health Psychology https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105318787616

Todorova, I., Albers, L., Aronson, N., Baban, A., Benyamini, Y., Cipolletta, S., …. & Zlatarska, A. (2021). “What I thought was so important isn’t really that important”: international perspectives on making meaning during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Psychol Behav Med, 9(1), 830-857. https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2021.1981909

Selected Public Service

Bulgarian Center of New England, Board Member

Courses Taught

PHTH6320 Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
PHTH4540 Health Education and Health Promotion Program Planning
CAEP 2012 Health Psychology: An Introduction
HONR3310 Mind, Body and Heart: Current Trends in Health Psychology

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