Gianina-Ioana Postavaru
Lecturer in Psychology
School of Social Sciences

Dr Gianina-Ioana Postavaru has a background in health psychology. Before joining BGU in October 2016 as a Lecturer in Psychology, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in London (Birkbeck College & Middlesex University). She completed a dual PhD degree in social sciences and psychology at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (November 2014) and Loughborough University (December 2015). She obtained her undergraduate (2008) and Masters (2010) in Romania. She has received study scholarships in Europe supported by the European Commission (Germany, Belgium, Hungary etc) and Diaconia University of Applied Sciences /INTERDIAC (Finland and Czech Republic).


Gianina has worked closely with patient organisations in Romania and the UK. Her research activities are centred on the exploration of factors that might shape the patterning of treatment and health inequalities in children and adults diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. She has also an interest in research ethics and maternal health following assisted and natural conception.

Research Grants & Awards

2015-2016 – Understanding the hard choices made by working women with breast cancer between treatment compliance and working on clinical vs economic survival. Improving the role of the NHS in Grampian, University of Aberdeen ( £11,548) Role: advisor

2014 – PhD Research Travel Grant, Sofi Roz Association, Romania (£1,000) Role: PI

2012 – Award to attend the EORTC QOL Conference, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, Belgium (£300)

2010-2013 – Dimensions of health-related quality of life among short-and long-term breast cancer survivors: a participatory perspective, European Social Fund (£22,000) Role: PI


Gianina teaches across the BA Psychology courses, with a focus on psychological therapies, applied psychology, personality and individual differences.

PSY 123: Introduction to Psychological Therapies (module leader)
PSY 224: Understanding Personality and Individual Differences (module leader)
PSY 226: Applied Psychology (module leader)
PSY 326: Psychological Therapies: Theory, Practice and Directions (module leader)

Peer-reviewed manuscripts 

Postavaru, G. (2016, accepted/in press). Sensitive peer-reviewed research: how to make ethics less biased and improve participation for women diagnosed with cancer. SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications

Postavaru, G.  & Marczak, M. (2016, accepted/in press). A thematic analysis of interviews with breast cancer women. SAGE Research Methods Cases in Health.  SAGE Publications

Marczak, M & Postavaru, G.  (2016, accepted/in press). Using thematic analysis to research the consequences of  adolescent  cyberbullying. SAGE Research Methods Cases in Education. SAGE Publications

Postavaru, G. (2016). Breast cancer as a multi-diagnosis spectrum: implications for practice and families. Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology, 7(2), ISSN: 2286-1831

Van den Akker, O., Postavaru, G. & Satvinder, P. (2016). Maternal psychosocial consequences of twins and  multiple births following assisted and natural conception: A meta-analysis. Reproductive BioMedicine Online, 33(1), 1-14, ISSN: 1472-6483

Postavaru, G.  & Cramer, D. (2016). A case of methodological premises underlying literature reviews. SAGE Research Methods Cases.  SAGE Publications

Postavaru, G. (2014). Life disruptions following breast cancer. Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology, 5(3), ISSN: 2286-1831

Postavaru, G. (2014). A participatory research approach: Designing research with vulnerable women. SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications

Refereed and published conference proceedings

Van den Akker, O., Postavaru, G.  & Satvinder, P. (2016). Paper presentation “A meta-analysis of maternal psychosocial effects of twins and multiple births following assisted conception or natural conception/ART singleton births”. The European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) 32nd Annual Meeting, Helsinki, Finland, July 3- 6. Human Reproduction, 31, 1, i33

Marczak, M & Postavaru, G. (2016). Paper presentation “How to Support Health and Safety at Work for Employees Diagnosed with Cancer: Contribution from Organisational and Legal Perspectives”. The European Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences (IAFOR), Brighton, UK, July 4-6

Postavaru, G. & Ciolan, M. (2009).  Paper presentation “Aspects of health related quality of life in multicultural context of people with cancer”. Third Edition of International Conference on Applied Psychology – Diversity and Consistency, Iasi, Romania, September 25-27

Postavaru, G. & Cazacu, E. (2008). Paper presentation “Specific aspects of quality of life of children with cancer and asthma assisted in medical units”. International Conference of Applied Psychology, Paltinis, Romania, 1- 3 November

Books/ Chapters/Handbooks

Cox, T., MacLennan, S., Postavaru, G., Munir, F., & Hassard, J. (2017). Cancer survivorship, cancer-related PTSD and positive change: A narrative overview. In:  C.L. Cooper & J.C. Quick (eds). The Handbook of Stress & Health: A Guide to Research & Practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Son (Galleys)

Interdiac, Postavaru, G. (2010). Make Change Yourselves! Handbook for Empowering Young People in Everyday Life, ISBN 978-80-254-9127-0, Publisher: International Academy for Diaconia and Social Action, Central and Eastern Europe

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