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Irina Todorova

Health Psychology Research Center
P.O. Box 238
Sofia, 1113, Bulgaria


Center for Population Health and Health Disparities
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115, US

Irina Todorova is the Director of the Health Psychology Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria; Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities at Northeastern University, Boston; and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. She has received her degrees from Sofia University and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She works on issues related to psychosocial aspects of health and well-being, social change and health, and health disparities. Her research interests include social change in Eastern Europe and implications for health and health equity; social construction of gender, health and the body; critical and qualitative/narrative health psychology.  Currently Irina is President of the European Health Psychology Society (2008-2010), and she is past editor of the European Health Psychologist.  

In the most recent book she has co-authored, she develops case studies of recently arrived immigrant children: Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M. & Todorova, I. (2008). Learning a New Land: The Experience of Newcomer Immigrant Youth, Harvard University Press.  She has published on narrative inquiry; transforming narratives of immigrant children; constructions of childlessness, infertility and new reproductive technologies (NRT) in Bulgaria; politics and ethics of NRT in Bulgaria; power and resistance in constructions of motherhood; discourses of cervical cancer prevention in Bulgaria and Romania; inequalities in cervical cancer prevention.  Irina Todorova consults and conducts training workshops in Qualitative and Narrative Inquiry and Relational Coaching in Health and Healthcare.