Eleni's work is characterised by an interdisciplinary focus (e.g. psychology, health services research, mental health) and aims to address key health issues. Her main interests are in the areas of behavioural and health psychology. Her research concentrates on the use of innovative interventions for improving health and health care systems. This involves understanding and changing behaviour in community and clinical populations.
Main research themes include:
- developing and evaluating novel methods to monitor and self-manage physical and mental health symptoms
- exploring risk and protective factors/ behaviours around physical and mental conditions
- understanding patients' and health care professionals' experiences and decision making processes
- patient/clinician communication
Key areas include:
- health behaviours (e.g. eating, physical activity), wellbeing (e.g. resilience, stress, quality of life);
- behaviour change & maintenance, self-management;
- user/ patient engagement, adherence to treatment/ therapies (incl. digital tools);
- trauma & orthopaedics, obesity, diabetes, cancer, depression, self-harm/ suicide
Eleni's research work uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques, including randomized controlled trials, epidemiology, large-scale surveys, mixed methods, systematic literature reviews, psychometrics, intervention development and evaluation.
Eleni has conducted, managed and secured funding for a number of projects including:
App-etite: developing a personalised digital intervention designed to reduce emotional eating through changing and maintaining healthy eating behaviour. This is a co-produced, evidence-based intervention, which has been specifically designed to modify emotional eating as an underpinning psychological cause of weight gain.
Digital Communication in Patient-Clinical Communication: investigating the impact of digital, clinical communications on health outcomes for young people with long-term conditions and on their engagement with, and use of, health services.
myGRiST: developing and evaluating e-tools designed to assess risk, and promote self-management and safety for service users with mental health issues and risk of self-harming behaviours. Variations of the online tools are intended for use in both primary and secondary care.
Emergency Cancer Admissions (EURECA): a multi-centre project to: 1) explore the experiences of cancer patients, carers and health professionals involved in emergency admissions to hospital, and 2) inform new models of care to reduce emergency cancer admissions and to improve patient experience following admission.
Suicidal Behaviours & Physical Illness: as part of her PhD studies, Eleni was awarded a University Research Scholarship to explore the role of physical illness in elevating the risk of suicidality. As well as measuring the effect of physical illness on suicide, Eleni explored the mechanisms underlying suicidal behaviours and ideation in chronic illness.