Irina Todorova

Part-time Faculty
  • Department of Health Sciences

Office: 316 Robinson Hall

Irina L.G. Todorova, PhD

Part-time Faculty

Todorova is a health psychologist and works on the psychological and social aspects of health, well-being and health inequalities.  Her research interests include social change and implications for health and health equity, migration and health, reproductive health and reproductive technologies, experiences of health and illness, and qualitative/narrative health psychology.

She is currently Director of Research at the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School. Previously she was Clinical Associate Professor and Interim Director at the MPH Program at Northeastern University, Department of Health Sciences.  She now teaches several courses at Northeastern and advises undergraduate and MPH students as a member of their capstone committees as well as doctoral committees.

Todorova is Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and has been President of this society (2008-2010).  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Critical and Qualitative Health Psychology.  She was recently on the Consolidator Grant Evaluation Expert Committee (ERC-2017-CoG) European Union, European Research Council, Brussels (2017) and is Co-chair of the Scientific Committee of the 33rd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Croatia 2019.

She is Editor of the Taylor & Francis Journal Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine and on the editorial board for Health Psychology Review; Psychology & Health and Cognition, Brain, Behavior.  She has been guest editor of several special issues, most recently the Special Section on “Women’s Reproductive Health in a Cultural Context”, in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2017).  With co-authors she is the recipient of the Virginia and Warren Stone book prize for Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M. & Todorova, I. (2008). Learning a New Land: The Experience of Newcomer Immigrant Youth. Harvard University Press.

Todorova teaches courses in health psychology, health promotion, and qualitative and mixed research methods.  At Northeastern University she designed and has taught PHTH 6320 (Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness) and teaches PHTH 4540, as well as MPH capstone courses.


Selected recent publications

Brunton, C. G., Todorova, I., Petrova, D., & Carnegie, E. (2018). Using Foucauldian discourse analysis to analyze young women’s constructions of the human papillomavirus vaccine. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi: 10.4135/9781526440235

Benyamini, Y., & Todorova, I. (2017). Editorial: Women’s reproductive health in sociocultural context. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(6), 799-802. doi: 10.1007/s12529-017-9695-7

Guzzardo, M. T., Adams, W. E., Todorova, I. L. G., & Falcon, L. M. (2017). Harmonizing beliefs with realities: Social support among older Puerto Ricans with disabilities. Sage Open(Special Issue on Ethnogerontology: April-June). doi: 10.1177/2158244017715337

Guzzardo, M. T., Todorova, I. L. G., Adams, W. E., & Falcón, L. M. (2016). “Half here, half there”: Dialogical selves among older Puerto Ricans of the diaspora. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 29(1), 51-65. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12240

Alexandrova-Karamanova, A., Todorova, I., Montgomery, A., Panagopoulou, E., Costa, P., Baban, A., Todorova, I. Mijakoski, D. (2016). Burnout and health behaviors in health professionals from seven European countries. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 89(7), 1059-1075. doi: 10.1007/s00420-016-1143-5

Balogun-Mwangi, O., Ballou, M., Matsumoto, A., Faver, L., & Todorova, I. (2016). Women’s pain, women’s voices: Using the feminist ecological model and a Participatory Action Research approach in developing a group curriculum for chronic pain. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 11(1-16).

Todorova, I., Turner, H., Castaneda-Sceppa, C., Young, D., & Bonner, A. (2016). “I do it with love”: Engagement in caring for people with dementia Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 3, 1-14. doi: 10.1177/2333393616668634

Todorova, I. L., 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: doi: 10.1177/1359105313519155

Guest Editor Special section: Todorova, I. (2014). Introduction to the special section: cross-cultural beliefs, attitudes, and dilemmas about vaccination. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21(1), 1-2.

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

Guest Editors Special section: Montgomery, A., Todorova, I., Baban, A., & Panagopoulou, E. (2013). Improving quality and safety in the hospital: the link between organizational culture, burnout, and quality of care. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18(3), 656-662.