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Iana Alexeeva

MSc DPhil

Stipendiary Lecturer, St Edmund Hall

My research is focused on health psychology, behavioural medicine, and information processing in individuals with chronic conditions. The aims of the research include improving quality of life and lifting the burden of disease, development of health promotion and illness prevention strategies.

I investigate cognitive and behavioural aspects of chronic physical conditions, such as asthma. I am looking at how people perceive their health or illness and how they choose to cope with their symptoms and treatment side effects. I investigate whether a particular perception of your body, symptoms, and exertion is associated with a particular pattern of symptoms and illness duration, and with particular methods of coping. In terms of application, the understanding how patterns of symptoms and coping styles fit together helps in the development of strategies that reduce the impact of risk factors and promote resilience.