Dr Anna Sofia Serlachius

PhD, MSc in Health Psychology

Research | Current

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

Teaching | Current

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

Postgraduate supervision

Developing self-management interventions, developing mhealth interventions, examining psychosocial factors associated with diabetes/obesity, developing interventions to improve resilience/coping skills

Areas of expertise

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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Serlachius, A., Pulkki-Råback L, Juonala, M., Sabin, M., Lehtimäki T, Raitakari, O., & Elovainio, M. (2017). Does high optimism protect against the inter-generational transmission of high BMI? The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 100, 61-64. 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2017.07.006
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35737
  • Serlachius, A., Gamble, G., House, M., Vincent, Z. L., Knight, J., Horne, A., ... Dalbeth, N. (2017). Illness Perceptions and Mortality in Patients With Gout: A Prospective Observational Study. Arthritis Care and Research, 69 (9), 1444-1448. 10.1002/acr.23147
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36130
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Dalbeth, Keith Petrie, Anne Horne, Greg Gamble
  • Pulkki-Råback L, Elovainio, M., Hakulinen, C., Lipsanen, J., Kubzansky, L. D., Hintsanen, M., ... Sabin, M. A. (2017). Positive Psychosocial Factors in Childhood Predicting Lower Risk for Adult Type 2 Diabetes: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, 1980-2012. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52 (6), e157-e164. 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.01.042
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34753
  • Serlachius, A., Elovainio, M., Juonala, M., Shea, S., Sabin, M., Lehtimaki, T., ... Pulkki-Raback, L. (2017). The Association Between Social Support, Body Mass Index and Increased Risk of Prediabetes: the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24 (2), 161-170. 10.1007/s12529-016-9597-0
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33377
  • Serlachius, A., Elovainio, M., Juonala, M., Shea, S., Sabin, M., Lehtimäki T, ... Pulkki-Råback L (2016). High perceived social support protects against the intergenerational transmission of obesity: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. Preventive Medicine, 90, 79-85. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.07.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30678
  • Serlachius, A. S., Scratch, S. E., Northam, E. A., Frydenberg, E., Lee, K. J., & Cameron, F. J. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy to improve glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (6), 1157-1169. 10.1177/1359105314547940
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30682
  • Pulkki-Raback, L., Elovainio, M., Hakulinen, C., Lipsanen, J., Hintsanen, M., Jokela, M., ... Laitinen, T. T. (2015). Cumulative Effect of Psychosocial Factors in Youth on Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Adulthood: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study. Circulation, 131 (3), 245-253. 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.007104
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30687
  • Serlachius, A., Pulkki-Råback L, Elovainio, M., Hintsanen, M., Mikkilä V, Laitinen, T. T., ... Juonala, M. (2015). Is dispositional optimism or dispositional pessimism predictive of ideal cardiovascular health? The Young Finns Study. Psychology and Health, 30 (10), 1221-1239. 10.1080/08870446.2015.1041394
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30679


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 12083
New Zealand

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