Andrea Madarasová Gecková

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Prof. Andrea Madarasová Gecková, PhD. (1972) serves as a senior researcher and expert in research on social determinants of health, and research capacity building.  Most of the studies carried out in her research team are cross-sectional population based studies, but also longitudinal and ecological studies were carried out as well. Recently she focused also on innovative methods stimulating participation of various stakeholders. Since 2002 she has been responsible for the supervision of research projects in the framework of the Košice Institute for Society and Health, focusing particularly on the social determinants of health among children, adolescents and young adults.

She participates in several projects from national research agencies, in bilateral research projects between UPJŠ and UMCG and in European projects. Moreover, she collaborates with WHO in a role of the expert in field of social determinants of health in collaboration with WHO office in Venice, Copenhagen, Manila, Prague, Ljublana, Vilnius and as a Slovakia’s Principal Investigator for the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study (HBSC). A. Madarasová Gecková is a professor in Social Psychology (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, 2014). She finished her PhD study in Medical Sciences by defending thesis on inequality in health among Slovak adolescents (University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2002). She is graduated in Psychology (P.J. Šafárik University in Košice, Slovak Republic, 1995). She serves as promotor of PhD study in Medical Science (University of Groningen, The Netherlands),Public Health (P.J. Šafárik University in Košice, Slovak Republic), and Kinanthropology (Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic). She has published more than hundred research papers in SSCI journals, resulting in more than 600 Scopus citations; her h-index is equal to 17.

Selected scientific activities and projects:

2021 – 2026 Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging Underserved communities – RIVER-EU. Horizon 2020 H2020-SC1-BHC-2018-2020 Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems
2020 – 2024 COST CA19113 The European Researchers’ Network Working on Second Victims
2019 – 2023 Generation Z – New challenges in youth development. APVV-18-0070
2017 – 2020 Health literacy in a school-aged children as a part of education process in schools and the outcome of school based health education. VEGA 1/0427/17
2016 – 2020 Psychosocial development of children with emotional and behavioural disorders in the system of care – longitudinal study. APVV-15-0012
2014 – 2016 Psychosocial development of health disadvantaged school-aged children project. VEGA 1/0895/14
2011 – 2015 Project SOPHIE HEALTH-F3-2011-278173 – Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change is realised within 7th Framework programme, HEALTH.2011.3.3-1 Developing methodologies to reduce inequities in the determinants of health.
2011 – 2014 HepaMeta Risk factors for hepatitis B/C and metabolic syndrome in a group of people living in Roma settlements
2010 – 2015 Centre of excellence for researching factors affecting health, with a focus on groups of marginalised and immunocompromised persons (CEMIO, ITMS: 26220120058). ERDF
2009 – 2015 Health and health-related behaviour within social context in adolescence. APVV-0032-11
2011 – 2015 SODEZZ Social determinants of health in socially and physically disadvantaged and other groups of the population. (Univerzita v Olomouci, doc. P. Tavel) ESF
2009 – 2011 INEQiCITIES Socioeconomic inequalities in mortality: evidence and policies in the cities of Europe. DG SANCO
2007 – present Member of editorial board of International Journal of Public Health and since 2011 one of the editor-in-chief
2005 – 2007 EUROTHINE Tackling health inequalities in Europe: an integrated approach, DG Health and Consumer Protection.  Public health DG SANCO
2002 – 2006 Social inequalities in health.  APVV-20-003602

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