Anna Alexandrova-Karamanova is doctor of psychology and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the Institute for Population and Human Studies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Alexandrova-Karamanova has been involved in projects under the 7th framework program and under the Health Program of the European Commission, as well as in projects funded by UNICEF-Bulgaria, the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Jacobs Foundation, Switzerland, the Bulgarian National Research Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others. Dr. Alexandrova-Karamanova is a member of the Bulgarian WHO collaborative cross-national survey Health Behaviour in School-aged children (HBSC) and the National Delegate for Bulgaria at the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) since 2007. She is also editor-in-chief for Bulgaria for one of the six official editions of EHPS "Practical Health Psychology" (launched in January 2017), as well as member of editorial boards and reviewer for international journals in the area of health.
Dr. Alexandrova-Karamanova’s main area of work is health psychology. She is interested in the study of healthy and risk health behaviours, psychosocial determinants of health and health behaviours, body image and weight control, mental health and well-being, media effects on health and well-being, stress and burnout, cervical cancer prevention, psychooncology, etc., through both qualitative and quantitative methods/mixed methods research. Her research incorporates also the study of personality as a determinant of behavior, the big five factors, health behaviour motivation, motivation in education. Her research interest is focused on childhood, adolescence and young adulthood within a developmental perspective.