Research Associate in Behavioural Science
Katerina’s research interests are in understanding behaviour change and maintenance of behaviour change related to health. She is particularly interested in designing and evaluating tailored behaviour change interventions related to health and wellbeing. Her current post involves the design and evaluation of a pilot intervention on medication adherence using face-to-face and mobile phone approaches.
Katerina studied Psychology (4 years BSc) and Clinical Health Psychology (2 years MSc) and trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2 years) in Greece, before she completed her PhD at Coventry University in 2012 in the area of physical activity and behaviour change. After her PhD she worked as PDRA at Queen Mary University of London, where she conducted a Cochrane review. Katerina joined PCU in April 2014 as research associate at the Behavioural Science Group.
Katerina has launched and lead a certificate on behaviour and health, she has supervised MSc students, she is register psychologists, member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), scholar at the British Journal of Health Psychology and co-editor of the official Bulletin of the EHPS.
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., & French, D.P. Understanding the role of walkers’ needs and expectations in producing maintenance of attendance at walking groups: Longitudinal multi-perspective study of walkers and walk group leaders. Under review
Steed, L., Kassavou, A., Madurasinghe, V., et al. Community pharmacy interventions for health promotion: effects on professional practice and health outcomes (Protocol). The Cochrane Database Library.
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., Hamborg, T., & French, D.P. (2014). Predicting maintenance of attendance at walking groups. Testing constructs from three leading maintenance theories. Health psychology, Nov 18.
Kassavou, A., French, D.P., & Chamberlain, K. (2014). How do environmental factors influence walking in groups? A walk – along study. Journal of Health Psychology, doi: 10.1177/1359105313511839
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., & French, D.P. (2013). Do interventions to promote walking in groups increase physical activity? A systematic literature review with meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10:18.
Kassavou, A. (2014). Stimulus Control, in Theory and Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Athens, Institute of Behaviour Research and Therapy.
Kassavou, A., Karademas, E., & Gratziou, C. (2010). Smoking: Comparative and Absolute Risk Perception. in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology, Research and Practice. Ed by Koulierakis, G., Pasxali, A., Rotsika, V., Tsinieri-Kokossi, M. Athens: Papazisi ISBN 978-960-02-2502-0
Kassavou, A., Chalabalaki, A., Foudoulaki D., Koutsokosta F., & Gourniezaki, A. (2010). The Postgraduate Programme in Health Psychology, Department of Psychology University of Crete. in Postgraduate Programmes in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology in Greece, Perspectives, Athens: Ellinika Grammata.
Illustrative conference papers
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., Hamborg, T., & French, D.P Predicting maintenance of attendance at walking groups. Thesting contructs from three leading maintenance theories. Oral presentations at 27th EHPS.
Kassavou, A., French, D.P., & Chamberlain, K. How does context influence walking in groups? A walk-along study. Poster presentation at 26th EHPS conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., & French, D.P. Are needs and expectations of people attending walking groups met? A multi-perspective thematic analysis. Oral presentation at 25th EHPS conference, Crete, Greece.
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., Hamborg, T., & French, D.P. How much do interventions to increase walking in groups increase actual walking: a systematic literature review with meta-analysis. Oral presentation at 24th EHPS conference, Cluj, Romania.
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., Hamborg, T., & French, D.P. Building an evidence base for effective walking groups”. Poster presentation at the Research Symposium, Faculty of Health and Life Science, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.
Kassavou, A., Turner, A., Hamborg, T., & French, D.P . Walk leaders’ experience of leading walking groups”. Poster presentation at Everybody Business Conference, NHS Coventry, UK.
Kassavou, A., Karademas, E., Gratziou, C. Smoking, self-efficacy, stress and risk perception. Oral presentation at 3rd Scientific Conference of Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology, Thessaloniki, Greece.