Dr Anna Sofia Serlachius

PhD, MSc in Health Psychology, BSc (Hons) in Psychology

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the Department of Psychological Medicine. I completed my MSc in Health Psychology at University College London and went on to do a PhD at the University of Melbourne/Murdoch Children's Research Institute, where I developed and tested a coping skills programme for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. After my PhD, I worked on the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, where I was based at Helsinki University and later at Columbia University. I joined the University of Auckland in 2016 and my research interests include developing interventions for youth living with chronic health conditions, developing and testing digital wellbeing interventions, positive psychology interventions, and exploring protective psychosocial factors (e.g. optimism, self-compassion, gratitude) and health outcomes.

Research | Current

  • Developing self-management interventions in chronic illness
  • eHealth interventions for people living with chronic health conditions
  • Positive psychology interventions
  • Wellbeing interventions for children, adolescents and young people with chronic health conditions

Teaching | Current

  • Course coordinator Health Psychology Interventions (HLTHPSYC 720)
  • Course coordinator Technology and Health (HLTHPSYC 758)
  • Guest lecturer for Research Methods, Professional and Clinical Skills 2, Health Psychology, and Applied Psychology

Postgraduate supervision

Most of my students are working on developing and testing wellbeing interventions for youth and adults living with chronic health conditions, including testing digital interventions to improve physical health outcomes and wellbeing.

PhD students

  • Anna Boggiss
  • Jennifer Brenton-Peters
  • Mohsen Alyami 
  • Phoebe Ross 

Master's students

  • Stephanie Chadd
  • Kate Wallace-Boyd
  • Ashley Singh
  • Elise Buttenshaw

Areas of expertise

  • Self-management in chronic illness
  • Developing wellbeing interventions for youth living with chronic health conditions
  • Digital wellbeing interventions

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Programme Director, Master of Health Psychology (2019-2021)
  • Departmental ethics advisor, University of Auckland
  • Section Editor, JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Boggiss, A. L., Consedine, N. S., Schache, K. R., Jefferies, C., Bluth, K., Hofman, P. L., & Serlachius, A. S. (2020). A brief self-compassion intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes and disordered eating: a feasibility study. Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association, 37 (11), 1854-1860. 10.1111/dme.14352
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nathan Consedine, Anna Boggiss, Paul Hofman
  • Alyami, M., Serlachius, A., Mokhtar, I., & Broadbent (2020). The association of illness perceptions and God locus of health control with self-care behaviours in patients with type 2 diabetes in Saudi Arabia. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 8 (1), 329-348. 10.1080/21642850.2020.1805322
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohsen Alyami, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Boggiss, A. L., Consedine, N. S., Brenton-Peters, J. M., Hofman, P. L., & Serlachius, A. S. (2020). A systematic review of gratitude interventions: Effects on physical health and health behaviors. Journal of psychosomatic research, 13510.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110165
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nathan Consedine, Anna Boggiss, Paul Hofman
  • Boggiss, A. L., Consedine, N. S., Jefferies, C., Bluth, K., Hofman, P. L., & Serlachius, A. S. (2020). Protocol for a feasibility study: a brief self-compassion intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes and disordered eating. BMJ Open, 10 (2).10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034452
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Boggiss, Nathan Consedine, Paul Hofman
  • Dawe, J. P., McCowan, L. M. E., Wilson, J., Okesene-Gafa, K. A. M., & Serlachius, A. S. (2020). Probiotics and Maternal Mental Health: A Randomised Controlled Trial among Pregnant Women with Obesity. Scientific reports, 10 (1)10.1038/s41598-020-58129-w
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karaponi Okesene-Gafa
  • Alyami, M., Serlachius, A., Mokhtar, I., & Broadbent, E. (2019). Illness perceptions, HbA1c, and adherence in Type 2 Diabetes in Saudi Arabia. Patient Preference and Adherence, 13, 1839-1850. 10.2147/PPA.S228670
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohsen Alyami, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Serlachius, A., Schache, K., Kieser, A., Arroll, B., Petrie, K., & Dalbeth, N. (2019). Association Between User Engagement of a Mobile Health App for Gout and Improvements in Self-Care Behaviors: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7 (8)10.2196/15021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Arroll, Keith Petrie, Nicola Dalbeth
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Dalbeth

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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3020
28 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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