Daniela Fiľakovská Bobáková


Daniela Fiľakovská Bobáková, PhD. (1984) received her Master degree in Social work (St. Elisabeth University of Health and Social Sciences) and PhD. in Medical sciences (University of Groningen, The Netherlands). She worked in the state service as an Independent Consultant for the Social and Family Bureau, Social Division, at the Department of Social and Legal Child Protection where she became experienced in working with the marginalized Roma communities. At present time, she is the in the position of the senior researcher at the Department of Health Psychology and Research methodology at the Faculty of Medicine, PJ Šafárik University in Košice. She has been/ is the principal investigator and member of several research teams in national (APVV, TAČR, VEGA) and international (HBSC, 7RP Health SOPHIE) research projects. For ten years (2009-2019) she was a member of the Slovak national team in the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study (HBSC). Currently, her research is focused on health inequalities and psycho-social determinants of health in vulnerable populations (residents of marginalized Roma communities, adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems) using participatory and mixed (quantitative and qualitative) research methods. As part of her expert activities, she is a member of several working groups related to the fulfilment of tasks arising from the Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Roma Integration. She has published 20 research papers in SSCI journals, resulting in more than 140 Scopus citations; her h-index is equal to 7.


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 Research on early childhood in marginalized Roma communities: contextual factors of psychomotor development in the first 1000 days. APVV-19-0493
2020 – 2023 Mapping the trajectory and experiences of adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems in the care
system: opportunities for improvement from the perspective of adolescents and their parents VEGA 1/0177/20
2019 – 2020 Applied research for innovation policy – in the area of health care towards a socially excluded Roma population.  TAČR TL02000164
2018 – 2019 Assessment of health needs in the target marginalized Roma communities and input measurement for the impact assessment of the NP Healthy Communities 2A project. By contract CRZ ID # 3355887 – part of activities approved in the application for NFP with project code in ITMS2014 +: 312051K744 – activity 5
2017 – 2021 How to use health literacy profiles in improvement of chronic
disease management. APVV-16-0490
2016 – 2020 Psychosocial development of children with emotional and behavioural disorders in the system of care – longitudinal study. APVV-15-0012
2015 – 2018 Trajectory of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems within the social and health care system. A longitudinal study. VEGA 1/0981/15
2014 – 2016 Psychosocial development of health disadvantaged school-aged children project. VEGA 1/0895/14
2011 – present Project SOPHIE HEALTH-F3-2011-278173 – Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change, 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
2011 – 2012 International Visegrad Fund: Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study: Supporting the Visegrad countries research network. No.21110275
 2009 – 2015 Health and health-related behaviour within social context in adolescence. APVV-0032-11

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