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
data source: symbiosis
- 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
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.
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.
, Best, C, Murray, S, Ozakinci, G
, Currie, D, van der Sluijs, W
, Eadie, D, Stead, M, MacKintosh, AM, Pearce, J, MacGregor, A, Amos, A, Frank, J & Haw, S 2016, 'Smoking in the social environment and adolescent brand awareness: differential effects by gender
' International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
, vol 23, pp. S196-S197.
Lee, AS, Ozakinci, G, Leung, S, Humphris, GM
, Dale, HL & Hamlet, N
2016, 'Lifestyle change in the cancer setting using “the teachable moment”: protocol for a proof-of-concept pilot in a Urology Service
' Pilot and Feasibility Studies
, vol 2, 65. DOI: 10.1186/s40814-016-0102-y
Wells, M, Aitchison, P, Harris, F, Ozakinci, G
, Bauld, L, Entwistle, V, Munro, A
, Haw, S, Williams, B & Radley, A 2016, 'Barriers and Facilitators to smoking cessation: A qualitative study of patients', family members' and professionals' views in a cancer context
, vol 25, no. SP. S3, pp. 167-168.
Lebel, S, Ozakinci, G, Humphris, G
, Mutsaers, B, Thewes, B, Prins, J, Dinkel, A, Butow, P & Univ Ottawa 2016, 'From normal response to clinical problem: definition and clinical features of fear of cancer recurrence
' Supportive Care in Cancer
, vol 24, no. 8, pp. 3265-3268. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-016-3272-5
, Henderson, A, Whitehead, R
, Hjemdahl, R, Bender, A, Waters, A, Talamas, S
, Cairns, P & Ozakinci, G
2016, 'Skin Colour Cues to Health and Fitness
, vol 45, no. 2, pp. 218-218. DOI: 10.1177/0301006616671273
Hubbard, G, Gorely, T, Ozakinci, G
, Polson, R & Forbat, L 2016, 'A systematic review and narrative summary of family-based smoking cessation interventions to help adults quit smoking
' BMC Family Practice
, vol 17, 73. DOI: 10.1186/s12875-016-0457-4
Best , C, Haseen, F, van der Sluijs, W, Ozakinci, G, Currie, DB
, Eadie , D, Stead , M, MacKintosh , AM, Pearce , J, Tisch , C, MacGregor , A, Amos , A, Frank , J & Haw, S 2016, 'Relationship between e-cigarette point of sale recall and e-cigarette use in secondary school children: a cross-sectional study
' BMC Public Health
, vol 16, 310. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-2968-2
Lebel, S, Ozakinci, G, Humphris, G
, Thewes, B, Prins, J, Dinkel, A & Butow, P 2016, 'Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence
, vol Early View. DOI: 10.1002/pon.4103
Harris, F, Aitchison, P, Bauld, L, Culbard, B, Entwistle, V, Haw, S, Munro, A, Ozakinci, G
, Radley, A, Williams, B & Wells, M 2016, 'Who’s Talking About Smoking Cessation? Cancer, Health Literacy And Communication
' Paper presented at 14th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Heidelberg, Germany, 7/09/16
Dale, HL, Ozakinci, G & Humphris, GM
2016, 'Antecedents, appraisal, coping, and legitimisation: Factors affecting help seeking in men with cancer
' Paper presented at 30th Conference of the EHPS/DHP - "Behaviour Change: Making an impact on health and health services", Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 23/08/16
Fauske, L, Bondevik, H, Bruland, ØS & Ozakinci, G
2015, 'Negative and positive consequences of cancer treatment experienced by long-term osteosarcoma survivors: a qualitative study
' Anticancer Research
, vol 35, no. 11, pp. 6081-6090.
Hanning, K, Steel, CM
, Goudie, D, McLeish, L, Dunlop, J, Myring, J, Sullivan, F, Berg, J, Humphris, GM & Ozakinci, G
2015, 'Why do women not return family history forms when referred to breast cancer genetics services? A mixed-method study
' Health Expectations
, vol 18, no. 5, pp. 1735-1743. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12166
Pezdirc, K, Hutchesson, MJ, Whitehead, R, Ozakinci, G, Perrett, D
& Collins, CE 2015, 'Fruit, vegetable and dietary carotenoid intakes explain variation in skin-color in young caucasian women: a cross-sectional study
, vol 7, no. 7, pp. 5800-5815. DOI: 10.3390/nu7075251
Jones, J, Kane, P, Polson, R, Leslie, S, Hulbert-Williams, N, Simard, S, Ozakinci, G
& Hubbard, G 2015, 'Protocol for a systematic review of screening tools for fear of recurrent illness in common life-threatening diseases
' Systematic Reviews
, vol 4, 10. DOI: 10.1186/2046-4053-4-10
Pezdirc, K, Hutchesson, M, Whitehead, RD, Ozakinci, G, Perrett, DI
& Collins, C 2015, 'Can dietary intake influence perception of and measured appearance? A systematic review: dietary intake and appearance
' Nutrition Research
, vol 35, no. 3, pp. 175-197. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2014.12.002
Lee, AS, Leung, S
, Dale, HL, Ozakinci, G, Humphris, GM & Hamlet, N
2015, 'Opportunities for lifestyle change in cancer screening, testing and treatment settings: analysis of the needs of men undergoing testing for cancer of the prostate
' Conference for International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3/06/15