Dr Anna Sofia Serlachius

PhD, MSc in Health Psychology

Research | Current

Health psychology; self-management interventions; mhealth interventions; research in diabetes, obesity and gout; social support and health; positive psychology

Teaching | Current

Self-management in chronic illness, health psychology, social support and health, research methods

Postgraduate supervision

Developing self-management interventions for chronic illness, exploring protective psychosocial factors and health outcomes (optimism/gratitude/self-compassion), psychosocial interventions for diabetes/gout/obesity, developing interventions to improve resilience/coping skills in adolescents with chronic illness

Areas of expertise

Self-management in chronic illness, stress and coping, cardio-metabolic health, using a life course approach to understanding chronic disease

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Director of Health Psychology Masters Programme

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Serlachius, A., Schache, K., Kieser, A., Arroll, B., Petrie, K., & Dalbeth, N. (2019). Association Between User Engagement of a Mobile Health App for Gout and Improvements in Self-Care Behaviors: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7 (8)10.2196/15021
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48176
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Arroll, Keith Petrie, Nicola Dalbeth
  • Kieser, A., Dalbeth, N., & Serlachius, A. (2019). Keeping Up with the Applications: Lessons Learned Evaluating Gout Apps. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, 25 (4), 272-273. 10.1089/tmj.2018.0091
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41899
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Dalbeth
  • Schache, K., Consedine, N., Hofman, P., & Serlachius, A. (2019). Gratitude - more than just a platitude? The science behind gratitude and health. British journal of health psychology, 24 (1), 1-9. 10.1111/bjhp.12348
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Hofman, Nathan Consedine
  • Alyami, M., Serlachius, A., Mokhtar, I., & Broadbent, E. (2019). Illness Perceptions, HbA1c, And Adherence In Type 2 Diabetes In Saudi Arabia. PATIENT PREFERENCE AND ADHERENCE, 13, 1839-1850. 10.2147/PPA.S228670
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohsen Alyami, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Serlachius, A. (2019). Support for healthcare professionals. In C. Llewellyn, S. Ayers, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. J. Petrie, T. A. Revenson, J. Weinman (Eds.) Cambridge handbook of psychology, health and medicine (pp. 366-370). UK: Cambridge University Press. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47796
  • Gasteiger, C., Sherriff, R., Fraser, A., Shedden-Mora, M. C., Petrie, K. J., & Serlachius, A. S. (2018). Predicting patient reassurance after colonoscopy: The role of illness beliefs. Journal of psychosomatic research, 114, 58-61. 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.09.009
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45911
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie, Alan Fraser, Chiara Gasteiger
  • Serlachius, A., Hames, J., Juth, V., Garton, D., Rowley, S., & Petrie, K. J. (2018). Parental experiences of family-centred care from admission to discharge in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 54 (11), 1227-1233. 10.1111/jpc.14063
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41900
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie
  • Derksen, C., Serlachius, A., Petrie, K. J., & Dalbeth, N. (2017). "What say ye gout experts?" A content analysis of questions about gout posted on the social news website Reddit. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 18 (488)10.1186/s12891-017-1856-y
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44539
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Keith Petrie, Nicola Dalbeth


Contact details

Primary office location

New Zealand

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