Dr Anna Sofia Serlachius

PhD, MSc in Health Psychology

Research | Current

Health psychology; self-management interventions; mhealth interventions; research in diabetes, obesity and gout; social support and health; positive psychology

Teaching | Current

Self-management in chronic illness, health psychology, social support and health, research methods

Postgraduate supervision

Developing self-management interventions for chronic illness, exploring protective psychosocial factors and health outcomes (optimism/gratitude/self-compassion), psychosocial interventions for diabetes/gout/obesity, developing interventions to improve resilience/coping skills in adolescents with chronic illness

Areas of expertise

Self-management in chronic illness, stress and coping, cardio-metabolic health, using a life course approach to understanding chronic disease

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Director of Health Psychology Masters Programme

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Kieser, A., Dalbeth, N., & Serlachius, A. (2019). Keeping Up with the Applications: Lessons Learned Evaluating Gout Apps. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 25 (4), 272-273. 10.1089/tmj.2018.0091
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41899
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Dalbeth
  • Gasteiger, C., Sherriff, R., Fraser, A., Shedden-Mora, M. C., Petrie, K. J., & Serlachius, A. S. (2018). Predicting patient reassurance after colonoscopy: The role of illness beliefs. Journal of psychosomatic research, 114, 58-61. 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.09.009
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45911
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie, Alan Fraser
  • Serlachius, A., Hames, J., Juth, V., Garton, D., Rowley, S., & Petrie, K. J. (2018). Parental experiences of family-centred care from admission to discharge in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 54 (11), 1227-1233. 10.1111/jpc.14063
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41900
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie
  • Derksen, C., Serlachius, A., Petrie, K. J., & Dalbeth, N. (2017). "What say ye gout experts?" A content analysis of questions about gout posted on the social news website Reddit. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 18 (488)10.1186/s12891-017-1856-y
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44539
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie, Nicola Dalbeth
  • Serlachius, A., Pulkki-Råback L, Juonala, M., Sabin, M., Lehtimäki T, Raitakari, O., & Elovainio, M. (2017). Does high optimism protect against the inter-generational transmission of high BMI? The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 100, 61-64. 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2017.07.006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35737
  • Serlachius, A., Gamble, G., House, M., Vincent, Z. L., Knight, J., Horne, A., ... Dalbeth, N. (2017). Illness Perceptions and Mortality in Patients With Gout: A Prospective Observational Study. Arthritis Care and Research, 69 (9), 1444-1448. 10.1002/acr.23147
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36130
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Dalbeth, Keith Petrie, Anne Horne, Greg Gamble
  • Pulkki-Råback L, Elovainio, M., Hakulinen, C., Lipsanen, J., Kubzansky, L. D., Hintsanen, M., ... Sabin, M. A. (2017). Positive Psychosocial Factors in Childhood Predicting Lower Risk for Adult Type 2 Diabetes: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, 1980-2012. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52 (6), e157-e164. 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.01.042
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34753
  • Serlachius, A., Elovainio, M., Juonala, M., Shea, S., Sabin, M., Lehtimaki, T., ... Pulkki-Raback, L. (2017). The Association Between Social Support, Body Mass Index and Increased Risk of Prediabetes: the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24 (2), 161-170. 10.1007/s12529-016-9597-0
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33377


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Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12083
New Zealand

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