Ivana Skoumalová

_IMG5091PhDr. Ivana Skoumalova, PhD. et PhD. (1985) finished the study of psychology at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Presov in 2008 and the theory and methodology of systemic psychotherapy at the Slovak Institute of Education in Psychotherapy in 2015. She is a member of the Slovak Chamber of Psychologists and the Slovak Psychotherapy Association. During her practice as a clinical psychologist and counselor, she had the opportunity to work with various vulnerable groups of clients – women experiencing violence, LGBT people, and people struggling with mental illness. Since 2014 she has also worked as a training lecturer in the theory and methodology of systemic psychotherapy (ISZ Kosice) and a supervisor for helping professionals working within the postmodern approach. She finished her doctoral studies in 2022 at the Department of Health Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands, and in Pavol Jozef Safarik in Kosice, Slovakia. Her thesis focused on health literacy in patients and she explored how the concept of health literacy may be used as a cue to enhance health equity. At the present time, she is a researcher at the Department of Health Psychology and Research Methodology, Faculty of Medicine, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice. She also works as an external consultant for students at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University Bratislava. Topics of her interest are psychological safety in healthcare institutions, the second victims´ phenomenon within the topic of patient safety, and patient experiences with illness and healthcare.


Selected scientific activities and projects:

2020 – 2024 COST CA19113 The European Researchers’ Network Working on Second Victims
2020 – 2021 VVGS 2020-1444 PURE Zlepšenie zdravia zraniteľných skupín skrze šírenie excelencie
2019 – 2020 Secondary Prevention of Dialysis Patients: Aspects of Physical Activity, Quality of Life and Application of Movement Program in Dialysis Workplace Environment. VVGS-2019-1069
2017 – 2021 Using the health literacy profile to increase the effectiveness of chronic kidney disease management. APVV-16-0490
2017 – 2020 Erasmus+ IMPACCT: IMproving PAtient-centered Communication Competences: To build professional capacity concerning Health literacy in medical, nursing and paramedical education

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