Aleksandra Luszczynska, Ph.D.

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  • M.A., Psychology, Warsaw University, Poland, 1996
  • Ph.D., with honours, Warsaw University, Poland, 2000
  • Habilitation, Warsaw University, Poland, 2004
Prof. Aleksandra Luszczynska

Recent Appointments

  • Lecturer in Psychology, Warsaw University, 2000 - 2004
  • Visiting Professor, Freie Universitaet Berlin, 2002-2003
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Freie Universitaet Berlin, 2003-2004

Professional Activities

  • President of the Division of Health Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Editor in Chief: Anxiety Stress, & Coping (2012 IF: 2.11)
  • Associate Editor: Applied Psychology: Health and Well Being  (2012 IF: 1.75)
  • Editorial Board Member: Psychology & Health, British Journal of Health Psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review,  Health Psychology Review, Journal of Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, European Journal of Psychotraumatology


  • Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (2010)
  • Early Career Award, Stress and Anxiety Research Society (2004)
  • Early Career Award, International Society of Behavioral Medicine (2004)


  • Social-cognitive predictors of health behavior change

Recent Publications

  • Hagger, M. S., & Luszczynska, A. (in press). Implementation intention and action planning interventions in health contexts: State of the research and proposals for the way forward. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being
  • Luszczynska, A., de Wit, J. B. F., de Vet, E., Januszewicz, A., Liszewska, N., Johnson, F., Pratt, M., Gaspar, T., Gaspar de Matos, M., & Stok, F. M. (in press). At-home environment, out-of-home environment, snacks and sweetened beverages intake in preadolescence, early and mid-adolescence: the interplay between environment and self-regulation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9908-6
  • Cieslak, R., Shoji, K., Luszczynska, A., Taylor, S., Rogala, A., & Benight. C.C. (in press). Secondary Trauma self-efficacy: concept and its measurement. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/a0032687.
  • Luszczynska, A., Pawlowska, I., Cieslak, R., Knoll, N., & Scholz, U. (in press). Social support and quality of life among lung cancer patients. Psycho-oncology. Doi: 10.1002/pon.3218
  • De Vet, E., De Wit, J.B.F., Luszczynska, A., Stok. F.M., Gaspar, T., Pratt, M., Wardle, J., & De Ridder, D.T.D. (in press). Access to excess: how do adolescents deal with unhealthy foods in their environment? European Journal of Public Health. Doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cks185
  • Cieslak, R., Shoji, K., Douglas, A., Melville, E., Luszczynska, A., & Benight, C.C., (in press). A meta-analysis of the relationship between job burnout and secondary traumatic stress among workers with indirect exposure to trauma. Psychological Services. doi: 10.1037/a0033798
  • Ochsner, S., Knoll, N., Hornung, R., Stadler, G., Luszczynska, A., & Scholz, U. (in press) The interplay of received social control and social support in smoking cessation. Psychology & Health. doi: 10.1007/s10142-013-0327-2
  • Blecharz, J., Luszczynska, A., Scholz, U., Schwarzer, R., Siekanska, M., & Cieslak, R. (in press). Predicting performance and performance satisfaction: The role of mindfulness and beliefs about the ability to deal with social barriers in sport. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2013.839989
  • Bukowska-Durawa, A., Luszczynska, A. (in press). Cervical cancer screening and psychosocial barriers perceived by patients: A systematic review. Contemporary Oncology.
  • Gholami, M., Lange, D., Luszczynska, A., Knoll, N., Schwarzer, R. (2013). A dietary planning intervention increases fruit consumption in Iranian women. Appetite, 63, 1-6. Doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.12.005
  • Szczepanska, K.W., Scholz, U., Liszewska, N., & Luszczynska, A. (2013). Social and cognitive predictors of fruit and vegetable intake among adolescents: The context of changes in body weight. Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 667-679. 10.1177/1359105312437434
  • Zaleskiewicz, T., Gasiorowska, A., Kesebir, P., Luszczynska, A., & Pyszczynski, T. (2013). Money and the fear of death: The symbolic power of money as an existential anxiety buffer. Journal of Economic Psychology, 36, 55-67. Doi:10.1016/j.joep.2013.02.008.
  • Piko, B. F., Luszczynska, A., & Fitzpatrick, K. (2013). Social inequalities in adolescent depression: the role of parental social support and optimism.  International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 59, 474-481 Doi: 10.1177/0020764012440788
  • Scholz, U., Ochsner, S., & Luszczynska, A. (2013). Comparing different boosters of planning interventions on changes in fat consumption in overweight and obese individuals: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Psychology, 48, 604-615. 10.1080/00207594.2012.661061 

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