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Dr Aleksandra Borek

Dr Aleksandra Borek

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Aleksandra (Ola) Borek is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Psychology Applied to Health (PAtH) group.

She currently works as a lead researcher on the Mechanisms of Action in Group-based Interventions (MAGI) study led by Dr Jane Smith. The study aims to identify change processes and strategies to facilitate change in group-based behaviour change interventions, with a particular focus on weight loss and diabetes prevention. The study builds on Ola's PhD research, supervised by Prof Charles Abraham, Ass/Prof Colin Greaves and Dr Mark Tarrant, that focused on understanding how participation in groups promotes health-related psychological and behaviour change. Ola has also worked in the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU) with Dr Chris Morris on developing a group-based programme to promote health and wellbeing of parent carers of children with additional needs and disabilities, the Healthy Parent Carers programme.  

Ola's research interests relate to group processes, behaviour change processes, health behaviours (especially diet and physical activity) and qualitative research methods.

Qualifications

  • PhD (2016, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth)
  • MA Social Research Methods (2011, University of York)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology (2009, University of York)

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Research

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Morris C, Blake S, Stimson A, Borek A, Maguire K (2016). Resources for parents raising a disabled child in the UK. Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom) Full text.
Borek AJ, Abraham C, Smith JR, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M (2015). A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions Biostatistics and methods. BMC Public Health, 15(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Zinken J, Borek A (2012). Working Side by Side? Interaction and Interview Data in Research on Household Conflicts. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 9(2), 99-113.

Conferences

Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2016). CHANGE PROCESSES AND EFFECTIVENESS IN GROUP-BASED WEIGHT LOSS INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M, Smith JR (2016). HOW DO DIABETES PREVENTION GROUPS GENERATE INDIVIDUAL CHANGE?.  Author URL.
Smith JR, Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Keable J, Tarrant M, McCabe R, et al (2016). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: INITIAL FINDINGS AND a CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham S, Smith JR, Tarrant M, Greaves C (2014). Reporting of group-based behavioural interventions: a checklist and tool for assessing the quality of descriptions (oral presentation). European Health Psychology Society Conference.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). Group-based weight-loss programmes: a systematic review.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). The role of group processes in facilitating change in group-based health interventions.  Author URL.

Publications by year


2016

Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2016). CHANGE PROCESSES AND EFFECTIVENESS IN GROUP-BASED WEIGHT LOSS INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M, Smith JR (2016). HOW DO DIABETES PREVENTION GROUPS GENERATE INDIVIDUAL CHANGE?.  Author URL.
Smith JR, Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Keable J, Tarrant M, McCabe R, et al (2016). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: INITIAL FINDINGS AND a CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.  Author URL.
Morris C, Blake S, Stimson A, Borek A, Maguire K (2016). Resources for parents raising a disabled child in the UK. Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom) Full text.

2015

Borek AJ, Abraham C, Smith JR, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M (2015). A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions Biostatistics and methods. BMC Public Health, 15(1). Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Borek A, Abraham S, Smith JR, Tarrant M, Greaves C (2014). Reporting of group-based behavioural interventions: a checklist and tool for assessing the quality of descriptions (oral presentation). European Health Psychology Society Conference.

2013

Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). Group-based weight-loss programmes: a systematic review.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). The role of group processes in facilitating change in group-based health interventions.  Author URL.

2012

Zinken J, Borek A (2012). Working Side by Side? Interaction and Interview Data in Research on Household Conflicts. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 9(2), 99-113.

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