Prof. Andrea Petroczi
School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Professor of Public Health
After obtaining a BSc in Sport Management and an MSc in Marketing in Hungary, I continued my studies in the U.S. where I received a PhD in Sport & Exercise Science (Administration) with a doctoral minor in Applied Statistics & Research Methods in 2002.
Following a Lecturer post at the Semmelweis University (Hungary) and full time PhD (U.S.), I joined Kingston University as a Senior Lecturer in 2001. Over the years I progressed my career to a Principal Lecturer in 2005 and Reader in 2008, leading to my current appointment as Professor of Public Health in 2010. In 2015, I completed a PhD (part time) in Psychology.
During my career, I have worked across many disciplines cutting across science and social science.
My Erdos number is 4 in the sequence of Paul Erdos - Janos Komlos - Gabor Tusnady - Laszlo Negyessy/Tamas Nepusz
Educational and Professional Qualifications
- 2007 - 2015 PhD University of Sheffield
- 1998 - 2002 PhD University of Northern Colorado (US)
- 1994 - 1996 MSc Corvinus University of Economics (Hungary)
- 1990 - 1994 BSc (4 years Hons) Semmelweis University Faculty of Physical Education (Hungary)
My research is centred on behavioural choices where short term gains are traded off for potential health consequences later in life. I have a strong commitment to multidisciplinary research with experimental work spanning across disciplines allied to medicine and psychology. My specific research interests include social cognitive processes underlying the use of performance enhancing supplements and drugs; cognitive restriction of diet; adherence to medical treatment and exercise; and indirect psychological measures.
KEY AREAS OF INTEREST:
Health behaviour models
Implicit social cognition
Prevalence estimation in socially sensitive areas
Anabolic androgenic steroids
CURRENT RESEARCH STUDENTS:
Elina Mitrofanova (extreme dieting practices)
Neha Ainsworth (substance use culture in bodybuilding)
Jorge Vela Ocampo (DNP use)
Niousha Yarandi (anti-oxidants, w/Prof Naughton & Dr Ashrafi)
Ricky James (doping & anabolic steroids)
Bamdad Padidar (enamel erosion, w/Prof Naughton)
Ezra Rashid (oral health, w/Prof Naughton)
PAST RESEARCH STUDENTS:
Julie Vargo (recreational drug use)
Joel Paul (talent identification)
Danny Rich (method development for fast GC-MS)
Nawed Khan (steroids)
Carl Jenkinson (UGT mediated glucuronidation of steroids)
Syeda Shah (contamination in foodstuff/drug analysis)
Amanda Seemungal (anti/pro-oxidants)
Saira Khan (Female Athlete Triad & cognitively restricted eating)
Lisa Whitaker (nutritional supplements and doping; w/Dr Backhouse, Leeds Metropolitan)
Katharina Poppel (doping; w/Prof Strauss, University of Munster)
Dennis Dreiskamper (doping; w/Prof Strauss, University of Munster)
Iltaf Shah (drug analysis)
Richard Thompson (HIV treatment efficacy prediction)
Dr Tamas Nepusz
Dr Gergely Zachar
Performance enhancing drug use in sport and anti-doping Research methods Advanced data analysis (multivariate statistics) Research project supervision
Other Professional Activity
World Anti-Doping Agency: The perception of legitimacy of anti-doping rules and organizations and its effect on athletes' attitudes and buy-in to anti-doping programs: A systematic review, 2015-2016, £11,062.
Hampshire County Council: Mapping the substance use patterns of adolescents (Y7-Y13) in Hampshire 2015-2016, £60,000
Hampshire County Council: Exploring factors contributing to the use of unlicensed fat burner 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), research studentship (£6,900)
World Anti-Doping Agency: Investigating the utility of implicit associations and combined methods in obtaining reliable information on and predicting doping behaviour, 2010-2011, £18,234
World Anti-Doping Agency: Markers of transition phases in assisted performance enhancement in emerging young athletes, 2010-2012, £23,357
The British Academy: Factors influencing adherence to exercise and treatment in HIV positive patients: pilot study, 2009-2011, £7,500
Kingston Research Investment Fund: Rat-model investigation of the inhibitory effects of increasing doses of diclofenac on UGT2B17 and UGT2B15 via testing the presence of stanozolol and metabolites in urine, blood and hair, 2010, £15,000
World Anti-Doping Agency: Measurement tool for estimating the prevalence of doping: development and validation of a self-report measure of performance enhancing drug use, 2008-2010, £23,200
The British Academy: The relationship between social capital, opinion leadership and network positions: A pilot study, 2006-2007, £7,054
International Olympic Committee: Anti-Doping Policy Legitimacy and Support among Clean Athletes: A Cross-National Study (LEGIT Project). 2016-2017, Project budget: $194,912
EU Erasmus+ Sports Collaborative Partnership (Call EAC/S11/13): Strengthening the Anti-doping Fight in Fitness and Exercise in YOUth (SAFE YOU). 411.708,80 €. 2015-2017 (with Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece; University of Potsdam, Germany; Foro Italico, Italy and Cyprus Centre of Research in Sport.
MRC/National Prevention Research Initiative: Time to change! Using the transition from school to university to promote healthy lifestyle habits in young people. £369,171. 2012-2014.
Football Rugby Union: Prevalence of supplements and doping in adolescent rugby union players. £69, 522. 2013-2015 (with Leeds Beckett University)
Food Standards Agency Strategic Evidence Programme: Data mining tool to address safety of imported food including identification of emerging risks £25,000.
The British Academy: Novel approach to estimating prevalence rates of illegal killing of wildlife: a pilot study of triangulating three indirect measures, £7,458.00.
World Anti-Doping Agency: The effect of negative health consequences information on likelihood to use anabolic steroids: an international investigation, 2010-2013, £23,259
Kingston University Enterprise Investment Fund: Real-time analysis of food notifications using a network analysis with web-based visualisation £9,500
South West London Academic Network: Chemically assisted athletic performance symposium, 2009, £2,000
EU FP6 IST: Integration of viral genomics with clinical data to predict response to anti-HIV treatment, 2006-2009, Project budget: 2.13m Euros
ESRC seminar competition, Research seminar series: Anti-Doping Policy, 2008-2009, £14,255
World Anti-Doping Agency, UK Sport, DSTO Australian Ministry of Defence, Laboratory of Government Chemists
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