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


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


  • 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


  • 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 Luszczynska, A., Durawa, A., Scholz, U., & Knoll, N. (2012). Empowerment beliefs and intention to uptake cervical cancer screening: Three psychosocial mediating mechanisms. Women & Health, 52, 162-181. Doi: 10.1080/03630242.2012.656187
  • Cislak, A., Safron, M., Pratt, M., Gaspar, T., & Luszczynska, A. (2012). Family-related predictors of body weight and weight-related behaviors among children and adolescents: A systematic umbrella review. Child: Care, Health & Development, 38, 321-333. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01285.x
  • Burkert, S., Knoll, N., Luszczynska, A., & Gralla, O. (2012). The interplay of dyadic and individual planning of pelvic-floor exercise in prostate-cancer patients following radical prostatectomy. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 305-317. doi: 10.1007/s10865-012-9416-2
  • Luszczynska, A., & Abraham C. (2012). Reciprocal relationships between three aspects of physical self-concept, vigorous physical activity, and lung function: A longitudinal study among late adolescents. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 13, 640-648. Doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2012.04.003
  • Luszczynska, A., Durawa, A. B., Dudzinska, M., Kwiatkowska, M., Knysz, B., Knoll, N. (2012). The effects of mortality reminders on posttraumatic growth and finding benefits among patients with life-threatening illness and their caregivers. Psychology & Health. Psychology & Health, 27, 1227-1243. Doi: 10.1080/08870446.2012.665055
  • Jackowska, M., von Wagner, C., Wardle, J., Juszczyk, D., Luszczynska, A., & Waller, J. (2012). Cervical screening among migrant women: a qualitative study of Polish, Slovak and Romanian women in London. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 38, 229-238. Doi: 10.1136/jfprhc-2011-100144
  • Scholz, U., Kliegel, M., Luszczynska, A., & Knoll, N. (2012). Associations between received social support and positive and negative affect: Evidence for age differences from a daily diary study. European Journal of Ageing, 9, 361-371. doi: 10.1007/s10433-012-0236-6
  • Luszczynska, A., Piko, B., & Januszewicz, A., (2012). Self-efficacy and health. In R. J.R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence, pp. 2559-2567. New York: Springer.
  • Luszczynska, A., & Durawa, A. B. (2012). Self-regulatory skills and behavior change. In: V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Vol. 3, 2nd Edition (pp. 336-342). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Schwarzer, R., & Luszczynska, A. (2012). Stressful life events. In I. B. Weiner (Ed.-in-Chief) & A. M. Nezu, C. M. Nezu, & P. A. Geller (Eds.), Handbook of psychology: Vol. 9. Health psychology (2nd rev. ed.) (pp. 29-56). New York: Wiley.
  • Luszczynska, A., Goc, G., Scholz, U., Kowalska, M., & Knoll, N. (2011). Enhancing Intentions to Attend Cervical Cancer Screening With a Stage-Matched Intervention. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 33-46. DOI:10.1348/135910710X499416
  • Kwiatkowska M., Knysz, B., Gasirowski, J., Luszczynska, A., & Gladysz, A (2011). The role of mechanisms of buffeting anxiety in HIV carriers. A study within the terror management theory paradigm. Advances in Hygiene and Experimental Medicine, 65, 133-142.
  • Luszczynska, A., Schwarzer, R., Lippke, S., & Mazurkiewicz, M. (2011). Self-efficacy as a moderator of the planning-behaviour relationship in interventions designer to promote physical activity. Psychology & Health, 26, 151-166. Doi 10.1080/08870446.2011.531571
  • Safron, M., Cislak, A., Gaspar, T., & Luszczynska, A. (2011). Effects of school-based interventions targeting obesity-related behaviors and body weight change: A systematic umbrella review. Behavioral Medicine, 37, 15-25. DOI: 10.1080/08964289.2010.543194
  • Knoll, N., Burkert, S., Luszczynska, A., Roigas, J., Gralla, O. (2011). Predictors of Support Provision: A Study with Couples Adapting to Incontinence Following Radical Prostatectomy. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 472-487. Doi: 10.1348/135910710X522860
  • Cieslak, R., Benight, C. C., Luszczynska, A., & Laudenslager, M. (2011). Longitudinal Relationships Between Self-Efficacy, Posttraumatic Distress, and Salivary Cortisol among Motor Vehicle Accident Survivors. Stress & Health, 27, e261-e268. DOI: 10.1002/smi.1379
  • Schwarzer, R., Lippke, S., & Luszczynska, A. (2011). Mechanisms of Health Behavior Change in Persons With Chronic Illness or Disability: The Health Action Process Approach (HAPA). Rehabilitation Psychology, 56, 161-170. doi: 10.1037/a0024509
  • Kesebir, P., Luszczynska, A., Pyszczynski, T., Benight, C. (2011). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Involves Disrupted Anxiety-Buffer Mechanisms. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30, 819-841. 10.1521/jscp.2011.30.8.819
  • Safron, M., Cislak, A., Gaspar, T., & Luszczynska, A. (2011). Micro-environmental characteristics related to body weight, diet, and physical activity of children and adolescents: A systematic umbrella review. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 21, 317-330. DOI:10.1080/09603123.2011.552713
  • Abdollahi, A., Pyszczynski, T., Maxfield, M., & Luszczynska, A. (2011) Posttraumatic Stress Reactions as a Disruption in Anxiety-Buffer Functioning: Dissociation and Responses to Mortality Salience as Predictors of Severity of Post-traumatic Symptoms. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 329-341. Doi 0.1037/a0021084
  • Abraham, C., Kok, G., Schaalma, H. P., Luszczynska, A. (2011). Health promotion. In: P.R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, L. Littlefield, J.B Overmier & J.M. Prieto (Eds.), Handbook of applied psychology (pp. 83-111). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Piko, B. F., Skultéti, D., Luszczynska, A., & Gibbons, F. X. (2010). Social Orientations and Adolescent Health Behaviors in Hungary. International Journal of Psychology, 45, 12-20. doi: 10.1080/00207590903030279
  • Turner, S. A., Luszczynska, A., Warner, L. M., & Schwarzer, R. (2010). Emotional and uncontrolled eating styles and chocolate chip cookie consumption: A controlled trial of the effects of positive mood enhancement. Appetite, 54, 143-149.
  • Luszczynska, A., Cao, D. S., Mallach, N., Pietron, K., Mazurkiewicz, M., & Schwarzer, R. (2010). Intentions, Planning, and Self-Efficacy Predict Physical Activity in Chinese and Polish Adolescents: Two Moderated Mediation Analyses. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 10, 265-278.
  • Bukowska-Durawa, A., Haynes, C., & Luszczynska, A. (2010). Plans not needed if you have high and stable self-efficacy: Planning intervention and snack intake in the context of Self-efficacy trajectories. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 41, 91-97. DOI: 10.2478/v10059-010-0012-4
  • Luszczynska, A., Benight, C. C., & Cieslak, R. (2009). Self-efficacy and health-related outcomes of collective trauma: A systematic review. European Psychologist, 14, 49-60.
  • Luszczynska, A., Benight, C., Cieslak, R., Kissinger, P., Reilly, K.H., Clark, R.A. (2009). Self-efficacy mediates effects of exposure, loss of resources, and life stress on posttraumatic distress among trauma survivors. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 1, 73-90.
  • Luszczynska, A., Cieslak, R. (2009). Mediated Effects of Social Support for Healthy Nutrition: Fruit and Vegetable Intake Across 8 Months After Myocardial Infarction. Behavioral Medicine, 35, 30-38.
  • Dombrowski, S., & Luszczynska, A. (2009). The interplay between conscious and automatic self-regulation and adolescents' physical activity: the role of planning, intentions, and lack of awareness. Applied Psychology. 59, 257-273.
  • Cieslak, R., Benight, C.C., Schmidt, N., Luszczynska, A., Reilly, K. H, Clark, R. A., & Kissinger, P. (2009). Predicting Posttraumatic Growth among Hurricane Katrina Survivors Living With HIV: The Role of Self-Efficacy, Social Support, and PTSD Symptoms. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 22, 449-462.
  • Scholz, U., Nagy, G., Goehner, W., Luszczynska, A., & Kliegel, M. (2009). Changes in self-regulatory cognitions as predictors of changes in smoking and low-fat diet. Psychology and Health, 24, 545-561.
  • Kline, R., Luszczynska, A., Pfüller, B., Knoll, N. (2009). Appraisal Detection Bias and Well-being in Close Relationships: Couples experiencing assisted reproduction treatment. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 1, 165-187.
  • Webb, T. L., Sheeran, P., & Luszczynska, A. (2009). Planning to Break Unwanted Habits: Habit Strength Moderates Implementation Intention Effects on Behaviour Change. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 507-523.
  • Luszczynska, A. Haynes, C., (2009). Changing Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Body Weight Among Student Nurses and Midwifes: Effects of a Planning Intervention and Self-Efficacy Beliefs. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 1075-1084.
  • Schwarzer, R., Luszczynska, A., Ziegelmann, J. P., Scholz, U., & Lippke, S. (2008). Social cognitive predictors of physical adherence: Three longitudinal studies in rehabilitation. Health Psychology, 27 (1, Suppl), S54-S63.
  • Schwarzer, R., & Luszczynska, A. (2008). How to overcome health-compromising behaviors: The Health Action Process Approach. European Psychologist, 13, 141-151.
  • Luszczynska, A., & Tryburcy, M. (2008). Effects of a self-efficacy intervention on exercise: The moderating role of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Applied Psychology, 57, 644-659.
  • Schwarzer, R., & Luszczynska, A. (2008). Reactive, anticipatory, preventive and proactive coping: A theoretical distinction. Prevention Researcher, 15, 22-24.
  • Lis-Turlejska, M., Luszczynska, A., Plichta, A., & Benight, C.C. (2008). Jewish and non-Jewish World War II Child and Adolescent Survivors at 60 Years After War: Effects of Parental Loss and Age at Exposure on Well-being. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 369-377.
  • Luszczynska, A., Gregajtys, A., & Abraham, C. (2007). Effects of a Self-Efficacy Intervention on Initiation of Recommended Exercises in Patients With Spondylosis . Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 15, 26-40
  • Luszczynska, A., Mazurkiewicz, M., Ziegelman J. P., & Schwarzer, R. (2007). Recovery self-efficacy and intention as predictors of running: A cross-lagged panel analysis over a two-year period. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 8, 247-260.
  • Ziegelmann, J., Luszczynska, A., Lippke, S., & Schwarzer, R. (2007). Are goal intentions or implementation intentions better predictors of behavior? Rehabilitation Psychology, 52, 97-102.
  • Luszczynska, A., Sarkar, Y., & Knoll, N. (2007). Received social support, self-efficacy, and finding benefits in disease as predictors of physical functioning and adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Patient Education and Counseling, 66, 37-42
  • Boehmer, S., Luszczynska, A., & Schwarzer, R. (2007). Coping and quality of life after tumor surgery: Personal and social resources promote different domains of quality of life Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 20, 61-75.
  • Knoll, N., Kleinle, R., Bauer, K., Pfüller, B., & Luszczynska, A. (2007). Affect and enacted support in couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization: When providing is better than receiving. Social Science and Medicine, 64, 1789-1801.
  • Schwarzer, R., Shuez, B., Ziegelmann, J. P., Lippke, S., Luszczynska, A., & Scholz, U., (2007). Adoption and maintenance of four health behaviors: Theory-guided longitudinal studies on dental flossing, seat belt use, dietary behavior, and physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33, 156-166.
  • Luszczynska, A., Sobczyk, A., & Abraham, C. (2007). Planning to reduce weight: Implementation intentions intervention helps to reduce body weight among overweight or obese women by prompting action planning. Health Psychology, 26, 507-512
  • Cieslak, R., Knoll, N., & Luszczynska, A. (2007). Reciprocal Relations among Job Demands, Job Control and Social Support Moderated by Neuroticism: A Crossed-Lagged Analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 71, 84-96.
  • Luszczynska, A., Gerstorf, D., Knoll, N., Boehmer, S., & Schwarzer, R. (2007). Patients' coping profiles and partners' support provision. Psychology and Health, 22, 749-764.
  • Luszczynska, A., & Gunson, K. S. E. (2007). Predictors of asking medical personnel about handwashing: The moderating role of patients' age and MRSA infection status. Patient Education and Counseling, 68, 79-85.
  • Luszczynska, A., Boehmer, S., Knoll, N., Schulz, U., & Schwarzer, R. (2007). Emotional Support for Men and Women with Cancer: Do Patients Receive What Their Partners Provide? International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 14, 156-163.
  • Luszczynska, A., Tryburcy, M., & Schwarzer, R. (2007). Improving Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Self-Efficacy Intervention Compared to a Combined Self-Efficacy and Planning Intervention. Health Education Research, 22, 630-638.
  • Luszczynska, A., Scholz, U., & Sutton, S. (2007). Planning to change diet: A controlled trial of an implementation intentions training intervention to reduce saturated fat intake among patients after myocardial infarction. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 63, 491-497.