Dr. George Kitsaras

Research Associate

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Overview

I am a psychologist with an interest in behaviour change, child wellbeing and development and digital health technologies.

Since September 2019, I am working as a Research Associate in Behaviour Change & Digital Health Technologies in a Medical Research Council (MRC) funded project on the development of a behaviour change intervention for first-time parents using text messages. 

Biography

I completed my undergraduate (BSc) studies in Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece where I am also a licensed Psychologists. During my undergraduate studies, I worked in substance and alcohol misuse with my dissertation focusing on refugee and migrant access to healthcare in Greece. 

My postgraduate degree (MSc) was in Clinical Aspects of Psychology at the University of Reading, UK with a clinical placement in pain management and a research project in trait mindfulness and pain in healhty adults. In 2014, I also became a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).

My PhD focused on family behaviours (bedtime routines) and their implication for child wellbeing and development especially around children's dental health, executive functioning and school readiness. My PhD utilised mixed methods approach with a strong element of digital technologies for the assessment of repetitive behaviours and extensive use of qualitative methods. My PhD supervisory team including Prof Iain Pretty (UoM), Dr Michaela Goodwin (UoM), Dr Julia Allan (University of Aberdeen) and Prof Mike Kelly (Cambridge University). 

Social responsibility

In 2016, I started a dental undergraduate student volunteering program in Northern Uganda (Dental Team Gulu). The team, now in its 4th year, has successfully managed to see thousands of patients in rural and hard to reach areas across Northern Uganda delivering both preventive and treatment dental services while also liaising with local dental services and staff. For this work, I received the FBMH Doctoral Academy 2019 Best Internationalisation Award. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I am a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).

I worked as a Key Thought Leader (KTL) for Colgate-Palmolive (2018).

I participate in the steering committee for the upcoming International Association for Dental Research (IADR) / Behaviour, Epidemiology & Health Services Research group summit in Washington, DC (2019-2020). 

External positions

Assistant Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Aug 2015Jun 2016

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Keywords

  • bedtime routines, behaviour change, psychology, executive function, school readiness, family function, child development, child wellbeing, mHealth, text messages, public health research, qualitative, behaviour change wheel, dental public health, applied research, digital technologies

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2020 - Master of Public Health, The University of Manchester (2016 - 2020)
  • 2015 - Master of Science, Clinical Aspects of Psychology, The University of Reading (2014 - 2015)
  • 2014 - Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2009 - 2014)

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