Johanna Alvarez

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Johanna is a PhD student at University of Brighton. She is a health psychologist who has eight years of experience in the healthcare sector, explicitly delivering psychological support, behaviour change in areas of psych-oncology, palliative care, and intensive care unit. She has been interested in understanding psychology and behaviour behind the digital health. Currently, she is developing a unified framework using digital health frameworks and sustainability principles to evaluate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) used for behaviour change in primary care health promotion in the UK.  

Johanna holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Health psychology (Westminster university) and graduated in psychology (Santo Tomas University).  During her MSc degree she did a research about exploring the general public's attitudes towards sexual health chatbots in the UK. Additionally, She worked at Colsubsidio 127 Oncology clinic and SIMMON charity for cancer patients in Bogota-Colombia. She was health psychologist practitioner and volunteer at Barts Health NHS Trust, and enrolled as a volunteer at Macmillan cancer support in London. 


Areas of expertise include developing behaviour change strategies to improve health care and wellbeing. Psycho-oncology, end-of- life care, psychological approach - palliative care. Currently building her knowledge in digital health and sustainability. 

Research interests

  • Digital health technology (evaluation, development of tools)
  • Behaviour chage through technology 
  • Health promotion 
  • Sustainable digital health technology  

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Westminster

24 Sep 201915 Sep 2020

Award Date: 7 Oct 2020

Bachelor, Universidad Santo Tomás, Bogota

2 Feb 201130 Nov 2016

Award Date: 30 Nov 2016

PhD, University of Brighton

3 Oct 2022 → …

Keywords

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Health promotion
  • health psychology
  • Health inequalities
  • health and social care
  • Healthcare
  • Technology evaluation
  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainble behaviour change

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