Irina L.G. Todorova, PhD

Irina TodorovaIrina Todorova is a health psychologists and works on issues related to psychosocial aspects of health and well-being, and health and gender inequalities.  Todorova is Research Associate Professor at the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities at the Department of Health Sciences and a faculty scholar at the Institute on Urban Health Research (IUHR) at Northeastern University, Boston US. Her research interests include social change and implications for health and health equity in Eastern Europe, migration and health, social construction of gender, reproductive health and reproductive technologies, meanings and experiences of health and illness, and qualitative/narrative health psychology. She is currently PI on an international project on cultural, health systems and psychological aspects of vaccination, funded by the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research and administered through the IUHR.

Todorova has been on many professional committees, including President of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), and currently representative for EHPS at the United Nations.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Critical and Qualitative Psychology and the Advisory Board of the Central and East European Behavioral Medicine Network.  She is an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. She has been Editor of the European Health Psychologist, and is on the editorial board for Health Psychology Review and Psychology and Health and Cognition, Brain, Behavior.

Irina Todorova has taught courses in Qualitative and Narrative Inquiry and Gender and Health at Harvard University, The Graduate Consortium on Women’s Studies at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Northeastern University and the Central European University.  She currently teaches the course on Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness at Northeastern University. Todorova and collaborators were named Women’s Health Heroes by Our Bodies, Ourselves Global Network.

Irina L.G. Todorova, PhD

Faculty Scholar
Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Sciences

Selected Publications

Todorova. I. Alexandrova-Karamanova, A., Panayotova, Y.,  Dimitrova, E.  (Published On-line first) Organizational hierarchies in Bulgarian hospitals and perceptions of justice. Special Series of the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Todorova, I., Katherine L. Tucker, Marcia Pescador Jimenez, Alisa K. Lincoln, Sandra Arevalo, Luis M. Falcón (Published On-line first) Determinants of self-rated health and the role of acculturation: Implications for health inequalities. Ethnicity and Health.

Montgomery, A., Todorova, I. Adriana Baban, A. & Panagopoulou, E. (In Press) Improving quality and safety in the hospital: The link between organisational culture, burnout, and quality of care. Special Series of the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Joffe Falmagne, R.,  Iselin, M.G., Todorova, I. and Arner, J. (In Press) Reasoning and Personal Epistemology: A critical reconstruction. Theory and Psychology

Dimitrova, E., Panayotova, Y., Anna Alexandrova-Karamanova, Todorova, I. (In press) Doctors’ and parents’ perspectives on communication regarding HPV vaccination in Bulgaria. Chapter in: Health, Culture and the Human Body: Epidemiology, ethics and history of medicine, perspectives from Turkey and Central Europe

Todorova, I., Suárez-Orozco, C;., Singh, S. (2012) Evolving narratives of immigrant Latino youth, In:  Nagata, D.,  Kohn-Wood, L., Suzuki, L.  (Eds) Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural  Research. American Psychological Association Press

Todorova. I. (2011) Health in Eastern Europe. In: Friedman, H. (Ed). Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology.

Todorova, I., Lincoln, A., Falcon, M.L., & Price, L. (2010). Perceived discrimination, psychological distress and health. Sociology of Health and Illness, 32(6), 843-861.

Todorova, I., Baban, A., Alexandrova, A. & Bradley, J. (2009). Inequalities in cervical cancer screening in Eastern Europe: Perspectives from Bulgaria and Romania. International Journal of Public Health, 54(4), 222-232.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M., & Todorova, I. (2008). Learning a New Land: The Experience of Newcomer Immigrant Youth. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Todorova, I., Baban, A., Balabanova, D., Panayotova, Y., & Bradley, J. (2006). Providers’ constructions of women’s role in cervical cancer screening in Eastern Europe. Social Science and Medicine, 63(3), 776-787.

Todorova, I. & Kotzeva, T. (2006). Contextual shifts in Bulgarian women’s identity in the face of infertility. Psychology & Health, 21(1), 123-141.