Health psychology research from Bulgaria is published in international and national journals; in Bulgaria – in the two main psychological journals Bulgarian Journal of Psychology (published by the Bulgarian Psychological Society, since 1973) and Psychological Investigations (published by the Institute for Population and Human Studies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, since 1987). A new journal Clinical and Counseling Psychology appeared in 2009, which publishes research in clinical, counseling and health psychology. Health psychology research is published also in conference proceedings and universities’ yearbooks.
The only research institute in health psychology is the Health Psychology Research Center (HPRC), based in Sofia. The Center is currently involved in the international projects:
– Improving quality and safety in the hospital: The link between organizational culture, burnout and quality of care (ORCAB) – Seventh Framework Programme Project, http://orcab.web.auth.gr;
– Preventing Depression and Improving Awareness through Networking in the EU (PREDI-NU) – EU Second Health Programme (2008-2013) Project;
– Psychosocial, Political and Gendered Dimensions of Preventive Technologies in Bulgaria and Romania: HPV Vaccine Implementation;
HPRC, together with colleagues from the Institute for Population and Human Studies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, are the national team that conducts the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children: WHO Collaborative Cross-National Study (HBSC, www.hbsc.org
) in Bulgaria. (Occupational) stress is one of the traditional research topics of the Institute for Population and Human Studies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; they are also studying psychological adaptation to chronic illness and well-being, happiness and life satisfaction.
At Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, within the Department of General, Experimental and Genetic Psychology since 1997 operates the Laboratory for Intercultural Studies of Human Development and Mental Health, which conducts research in mental health and coping with stress. Members of the Laboratory are supervisors of doctoral students, who study the role of personality resources in patients’ recovery after cardio-vascular interventions and the role of attachment styles in risk sexual behaviour. Members of the Department of Social, Work and Educational Psychology are participating in the “Student Life Cohort in Europe – SliCE” – cross-national longitudinal study, assessing health and health behaviours among university students, conducted at universities in 13 European countries.
The National Center of Public Health and Analyses at the Ministry of Health works in the areas of public health protection, evaluation of environmental health risks factors, behaviour and lifestyle risk factors, health promotion and illness prevention.