Dr Joanna Slodkowska-Barabasz


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Joanna Slodkowska-Barabasz


I joined Oxford Brookes in May 2021 to work on the SWEET project funded by NIHR that aims to support women with adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy following breast cancer. 

Areas of expertise

Developing and evaluating online health behaviour change interventions. 


My previous research focused on creating digital health interventions that can enable individuals to self-manage health conditions and to maximize their wellbeing. I have been a member of the LifeGuide team at the University of Southampton for over 5 years (Feb 2016 - May 2021). At the University of Southampton I worked as a team member across various NIHR sponsored research projects in Primary Care, for example, to promote physical activity and healthy diet for cancer survivors, brain training games for adults with and without cognitive decline, and sufficient food consumption in malnourished older adults. I have also led the development phase of research projects that aimed to encourage nasal irrigation for patients with recurrent sinusitis and to promote foot checking in people who have had a diabetic foot ulcer.

I completed PhD in Psychology at the University of Chichester. In my PhD I explored the role of negative urgency (emotion driven facet of impulsivity) in the persuasiveness of formatted (narrative vs. non-narrative) and framed (loss vs. gain) health messages encouraging healthy eating among adolescents. 

Research projects

I work on the SWEET project.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Member of The British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology


Example of conference presentations include:

  • Oral conference presentation at UKSBM March 2022. Title: Supporting women with breast cancer to adhere to hormone therapy: development and optimisation of the HT&Me web-app
  • Poster presentation at the BPS Annual Conference, Liverpool, May 2015. Communicating health risks for young people: The role of narrative vs. non-narrative message format, framing (loss vs. gain) and impulsivity.

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