Geraldine Smieszhala

Nonadherence to preventive health behaviours.

Profile

Geraldine trained as a Social Scientist at the Leibniz University of Hanover in Europe, where she graduated in 2007. Subsequently, she worked in both the public and private sector in Europe and New Zealand. In 2014, she decided to go back to university to take up studies in psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. Geraldine is now working towards a PhD in behavioural psychology, investigating possible behavioural mechanisms underlying nonadherence to preventive health behaviours in individuals. That is, she is looking at why an individual may not stick with a behaviour such as using sunscreen to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer, even though the individual knows that that behaviour is good for them. Geraldine is also interested in suicidal behaviour. Her plan is to train as a psychotherapist once she will have completed her PhD, to enable her to work in the field of suicide prevention.

Qualifications

BSc Hons (1st class) in Psychology (2018), Victoria University of Wellington
GDSc in Psychology (2016), Victoria University of Wellington
Qualified Social Scientist (2007), Leibniz University of Hanover

Research Interests

Behavioural psychology, experimental analysis of behaviour, decision making in medical contexts, avoidance behaviour,  negative reinforcement, description-experience gap, probability discounting

Conference Presentations

Smieszhala, G. (2017, December). Communicating health outcomes - Percentage and frequency formats affect probability discounting rates. Presented at the 6th Annual KiwiCAM Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Smieszhala, G., Macaskill, A. C., & Hunt, M. J. (2017, November). Communicating health outcomes - Percentage and frequency formats affect probability discounting rates. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Australian Association for Behaviour Analysis Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Smieszhala, G., Asgarova, R., Macaskill, A. C., & Hunt, M. J. (2017, August). Communicating health outcomes - Do percentage and frequency probability formats affect discounting rates? Poster presented at the 14 th Annual New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Publications

Smieszhala, G., Macaskill, A. C., & Hunt, M. J. (under review): The Effect of Numeric Format on Probability Discounting Rates of Medical and Monetary Outcomes

Smieszhala, G. (2007):  Urbanisierung in der VR China - Land-Stadt-Migration und die Floating Population (1949 - 1997) (Degree thesis). Leibniz University of Hanover, Hanover, Germany.

PhD topic

Nonadherence to preventive health behaviours.

Supervisor:

Lab Association

Human Learning Lab , Principal Investigator: Dr Maree Hunt

The Human learning Lab is interested in understanding complex, real-world human behaviours using experimental analogues of important real-world situations.