Dr Gozde Ozakinci

Dr Gozde Ozakinci
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology



Graduating from Bogazici University (Istanbul) with a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology, I did my MSc in Health Psychology at University College London in 1998, exploring safer sex attitudes and behaviours among Turkish youth. I was awarded a PhD in Psychology in 2004 for my studies in genetic counselling and testing for BRCA 1/2 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. My current research interests are in the area of health-related behaviour interventions for clinical and non-clinical populations (e.g., medical students) and emotional regulation interventions for patients who have completed cancer treatment.

In order to assist cancer survivors with high fears of cancer recurrence, in collaboration with Professor Gerry Humphris, I am currently exploring fears of cancer recurrence. I am also exploring appearance-based diet interventions in collaboration with Professor Dave Perrett from the School of Psychology, St Andrews, and a PhD student, Ross Whitehead, to improve the current rates of fruit and vegetable consumption. In addition, I am developing a research project on smoking cessation around the time of cancer diagnoses that captures behaviour change around the time of critical health events.

I teach behavioural medicine to medical undergraduates and also run communication skills workshops. I am also a module controller in our MSc in Health Psychology programme, focusing on health information, prevention, and decision making.

In order to reduce the burden of chronic diseases that are attributable to lifestyle factors, I develop and test novel interventions for health behaviour change. The specific areas of focus are diet, physical activity and smoking cessation. I also plan to develop and test the fears of cancer recurrence intervention in larger trials.

Para 3 – My School Roles

  • MD4002: Topic leader for People and Populations strand
  • Module controller: MD5004 – Health information, prevention, and decision making in MSc in Health Psychology
  • Overseeing Undergraduate Behavioural Science teaching
  • Ethics Committee: member
  • Organiser of the School of Medicine Seminar Series
  • Co-organiser of Work in Progress talks
data source: symbiosis

Research Overview from research@st-andrews

I am a health psychologist conducting applied research to help inform psychological support programmes for behaviour change and emotional support.

I work with multidisciplinary groups to directly inform on public health programmes and clinical practice. In particular,

I perform and develop: a. critical reviews, b. survey and interview research, and c. psychological support programmes.

I developed an internationally recognised research programme and leadership in:

1. Psychology of cancer patients and survivors: My research finds effective ways of assisting cancer patients with psychological issues, e.g., fears of cancer coming back.

2. Development of psychological approaches to change lifestyle behaviours: My research investigates effective ways to achieve health behaviour change (e.g., smoking cessation, diet/physical activity change) among young people and those with cancer and heart disease.


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
25 (of 95 published available) for go10 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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"It all needs to be a full jigsaw, not just bits" Niall Anderson, Gozde Ozakinci
BMC Psychology 2019 vol.7 
Adolescents’ perceptions of tobacco accessibility and smoking norms and attitudes in response to the tobacco point-of-sale display ban in Scotland Mirte Kuipers, Catherine Best, Michael Wilson, Dorothy Bruce Currie, Gozde Ozakinci, Anne Marie Mackintosh, Martine Stead, Douglas Eadie, Andy MacGregor, Jamie Pearce, Amanda Amos, Sally Haw
Tobacco Control  vol.Online First 
How has the introduction of point-of-sale legislation affected the presence and visibility of tobacco retailing in Scotland? A longitudinal study Jamie Pearce, Mark Cherrie, Catherine Best, Douglas Eadie, Martine Stead, Amanda Amos, Dorothy Bruce Currie, Gozde Ozakinci, Andy MacGregor, Sally Haw
Tobacco Control  vol.Early 
Physical activity participation by adults Gozde Ozakinci, John Gillies
 2019 
Smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity following stoma formation surgery, stoma-related concerns, and desire for lifestyle advice Rebecca J. Beeken, Joanne S. Haviland, Claire Taylor, Anna Campbell, Abigail Fisher, Chloe Grimmett, Gozde Ozakinci, Sarah Slater, Iseult Wilson, Gill Hubbard
BMC Public Health 2019 vol.19 
Assessing change in tobacco visibility at point-of-sale following a display ban Douglas Eadie, Catherine S. Best, Martin Stead, Anne Marie MacKintosh, Nathan Critchlow, Richard Purves, James R. Pearce, Dorothy Bruce Currie, Gozde Ozakinci, Amanda Amos, Andy S. MacGregor, Sally Haw
Tobacco Regulatory Science 2018 vol.4 pp.10-28
Defining features of clinical fear of cancer recurrence Brittany Mutsaers, Sophie Lebel, Phyllis Butow, Andreas Dinkel, Gerald Michael Humphris, Christine Maheu, Gozde Ozakinci, Judith Prins, Louise Sharpe, Allan 'Ben' Smith, Belinda Thewes
Psycho-Oncology 2018 vol.27 pp.52-52
Fear of cancer recurrence in oral and oropharangeal cancer patients Gozde Ozakinci, Brooke Swash, Gerald Michael Humphris, Simon N Rogers, Nick Hulbert-Williams
European Journal of Cancer Care 2018 vol.27 
Increasing physical activity levels Gozde Ozakinci, Sharon Ann Carstairs, Rayna Hilary Rogowsky, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Louise Margaret Wilkie, Jo Stevens, Malcolm McTavish, Ian Shield, Frank Sullivan
 2018 
Perceptions of carotenoid and melanin colouration in faces among young Australian adults Kristine Pezdirc, Megan Rollo, Ross David Whitehead, Melinda Hutchesson, Gozde Ozakinci, David Ian Perrett, Clare Collins
Australian Journal of Psychology 2018 vol.70 pp.85-90
Physical activity referral to cardiac rehabilitation, leisure centre or telephone-delivered consultations in post-surgical people with breast cancer Gill Hubbard, Anna Campbell, Abi Fisher, Michelle Harvie, Wendy Maltinsky, Russell Mullen, Elspeth Banks, Jackie Gracey, Trish Gorely, Julia Munro, Gozde Ozakinci
Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2018 vol.4 
Physical activity referral to cardiac rehabilitation, leisure centre or telephone-delivered consultations in post-surgical people with breast cancer Gill Hubbard, Anna Campbell, Abi Fisher, Michelle Harvie, Wendy Maltinsky, Russell Mullen, Elspeth Banks, Jackie Gracey, Trish Gorely, Julie Munro, Gozde Ozakinci
 2018 
Relationship between trying an electronic cigarette and subsequent cigarette experimentation in Scottish adolescents Catherine Best, Farhana Haseen, Dorothy Bruce Currie, Gozde Ozakinci, Anne Marie Mackintosh, Martin Stead, Douglas Eadie, Andy McGregor, Jamie Pearce, Amanda Amos, John Frank, Sally Haw
Tobacco Control 2018 vol.27 pp.373-378
The effect of psychological intervention on fear of cancer recurrence Nina Tauber, Mia O'Toole, Robert Zachariae, Jacqueline Galica, Gerald Michael Humphris, Sophie Lebel, Christine Maheu, Gozde Ozakinci, Judith Prins, Louise Sharpe, Allan 'Ben' Smith, Belinda Thewes, Sebastian Simard, Andreas Dinkel
Psycho-Oncology 2018 vol.27 pp.53-53
Unidimensional scales for fears of cancer recurrence and their psychometric properties Gerald Michael Humphris, Evelyn Dobie Watson, Michael Sharpe, Gozde Ozakinci
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2018 vol.16 
Barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation in a cancer context Mary Wells, Patricia Aitchison, Fiona Harris, Gozde Ozakinci, Andrew Radley, Linda Bauld, Vikki Entwistle, Alastair John Munro, Sally Haw, Bill Culbard, Brian Williams
BMC Cancer 2017 vol.17 
Client and practitioner perspectives on the screening mammography experience Andrew Evans, Gozde Ozakinci
European Journal of Cancer Care 2017 vol.26 
Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence S Lebel, Gozde Ozakinci, Gerald Michael Humphris, B Thewes, J Prins, A Dinkel, P Butow
Psycho-Oncology 2017 vol.26 pp.424-427
EXPERIENCES AND ILLNESS PERCEPTIONS OF WORKING-AGE CARDIAC REHABILITATION ATTENDEES Gozde Ozakinci
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2017 vol.71 pp.A69-A69
Research priorities about stoma-related quality of life from the perspective of people with a stoma Gill Hubbard, Claire Taylor, Becca Beeken, Anna Campbell, Jackie Gracey, Chloe Grimmett, Abi Fisher, Gozde Ozakinci, Sarah Slater, Trish Gorely
Health Expectations 2017 vol.20 pp.1421–1427
Safe Drive Stay Alive Gozde Ozakinci, C. Scott
Injury Prevention 2017 vol.23 pp.109-113