Post-doctoral Researcher, Utrecht University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ASW), THE NETHERLANDS
Alina Cosma is a developmental health psychologist with extensive experience in the design and management of cross-sectional health surveys focusing on child and adolescent health and well-being. After completing her PhD in 2015 at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania with a thesis focused on understanding the consequences of school bullying, Alina worked for 3 years as a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews.
In this capacity, on one hand she has been the Project Officer for the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) – a WHO collaborative study position in which she has been coordinating the development of the 2017/18 HBSC Study protocol. This protocol has been used by over 45 countries members of the HBSC network. On the other hand, she has worked as a researcher on the Scottish HBSC team. Alina has a good experience in publication, data dissemination, instrument development and validation, survey preparation and implementation. In her current research project, she investigates the possible mechanisms explaining the increase overtime in internalizing problems among adolescent girls. Her other research interests focus on school bullying and victimization, adolescent mental health and well being, as well as gender inequalities in health and well-being.