Irina Todorova, PhD - Oversight Member

Irina Todorova, PhD

Research Advisor

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Todorova is a health psychologist with extensive research and teaching experience in psychological and social aspects of human development, health, well-being and health inequalities.  Her research interests include migration and health, burnout in health professionals, health promotion interventions, experiences of health and illness, and qualitative/narrative health psychology.  She is currently Director of Research at the Institute of Coaching (IOC), McLean Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School.  Todorova chairs the Scientific Advisory Council at the IOC, which makes decisions on grants awarded by the Institute; and chairs of the Conference Scientific Committee for the Annual Coaching in Healthcare and Leadership Conference organized by Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital and the IOC. Todorova is certified in coaching from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College).

Todorova was Clinical Associate Professor and Interim Director at the MPH Program at Northeastern University, Department of Health Sciences and Co-PI at the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (NIH Center of Excellence), and member of college, grants and student committees.  She continues to be on the faculty of Northeastern and advises undergraduate and MPH students as a member of their capstone committees and doctoral committees.  Todorova has taught courses in health psychology, health promotion, gender and health and qualitative and mixed research methods.  She has presented guest lectures at Harvard Extension School in Coaching Psychology, 

Todorova is Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and was previously President of this society.  She is currently Co-chair of the Scientific Committee of the 33rd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Croatia 2019. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Critical and Qualitative Health Psychology.  She is Editor of the Taylor & Francis Journal Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine and on the editorial board for Health Psychology Review; Psychology & Health and Cognition, Brain, Behavior.  She has been guest editor of several special issues, most recently the Special Section on “Women’s Reproductive Health in a Cultural Context”, in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2017).  With co-authors she is the recipient of the Virginia and Warren Stone book prize for Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M. & Todorova, I. (2008). Learning a New Land: The Experience of Newcomer Immigrant Youth. Harvard University Press.

Full publication information:

Selected publications:

  • Suárez-Orozco, C., & Todorova, I. (2006). Projecting the voices of Mexican-origin children Research on Human Development, 3(4), 211-228. 
  • Montgomery, A., Todorova, I., Baban, A., & Panagopoulou, E. (2013). Improving quality and safety in the hospital: the link between organizational culture, burnout, and quality of care. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18(3), 656-662. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12045
  • Todorova, I., Guzzardo, M. T., Adams, W. E., & Falcón, L. M. (2015). Gratitude and longing: Meanings of health in aging for Puerto Rican adults in the mainland. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(12), 1602-1612. doi: 10.1177/1359105313519155 
  • Alexandrova-Karamanova, A., Todorova, I., Montgomery, A., Panagopoulou, E., Costa, P., Baban, A., . . . Mijakoski, D. (2016). Burnout and health behaviors in health professionals from seven European countries. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 89(7), 1059-1075. doi: 10.1007/s00420-016-1143-5
  • Sforzo, G. A., Kaye, M. P., Todorova, I., Harenberg, S., Costello, K., Kuo, L., . . . Moore, M. (2017). Compendium of the health and wellness coaching literature. Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  May, doi: 10.1177/1559827617708562
  • Craciun, C., Todorova, I., & Baban, A. (2018). “Taking responsibility for my health”: Health system barriers and women’s attitudes toward cervical cancer screening in Romania and Bulgaria. Journal of Health Psychology 
  • Todorova, I. (2019) Kalimera: Cultural issues in coaching.  Dima Louis & Pauline Fatien Diochon (Eds):  Coaching beyond the surface: A critical case-based perspective to the practice, education and supervision of coaching. Routledge

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