Iveta Rajnicová-Nagyová, PhD

dr., FABMR

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Dr. Iveta Nagyova (PhD, FABMR) is the Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine and a Senior Research Leader at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia (UPJS; sbm.upjs.sk). She is also the President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA; eupha.org), and a member of several advisory groups at WHO and WHO/Europe; including the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health, WHO/Europe’s Regional Director’s Advisory Council on Innovation for Noncommunicable Diseases, and the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR). She graduated in Clinical Psychology at UPJS, obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and received postgraduate training at the University of Oxford within the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme. Her research interests are in biobehavioural and psychosocial innovations in chronic condition prevention and management, non-pharmacological interventions, behaviour change, improvements in functional status and quality of life in patients with a chronic disease and their implications for integrated care. She is a (co)author of more than 300 research papers, of which over 90 are peer-reviewed international scientific articles; her Scopus h-index is 27. As a project partner and national coordinator, she has been involved in over 30 European projects, including the 3rd HP and H2020 projects. Since 2004 she has served as a supervisor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where she has been leading a group of 20 PhD students, 17 of whom have already defended their PhD theses. Apart from her international activities, she also serves as an advisor to the WHO Country Office in the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Ministry of Health in the field of chronic diseases, integrated care, behavioural insights, and public health.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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