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Prof. Andrea Petroczi

School/Department: Life Sciences
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. I am currently working toward a PhD in Psychology (The University of Sheffield).

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.

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

Research Interests

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; indirect psychological measures and global food safety and security.

Health behaviour models
Implicit social cognition
Prevalence estimation in socially sensitive areas
Anabolic androgenic steroids
Network analysis
Food safety

Amanda Seemungal (anti/pro-oxidants)
Saira Khan (Female Athlete Triad & cognitively restricted eating)
Ricky James (doping & anabolic steroids)
Julie Vargo (recreational drug use)
Joel Paul (talent identification)
Nawed Khan (steroids)
Carl Jenkinson (UGT mediated glucuronidation of steroids)
Syeda Shah (contamination in foodstuff/drug analysis)
Niousha Yarandi (anti-oxidants, w/Prof Naughton & Dr Ashrafi)
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)

Dr Tamas Nepusz
Dr Iltaf Shah
Dr Gergely Zachar

Other Professional Activity


Principal investigator:

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


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.

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


James RA, Nepusz T, Naughton DP, Petroczi A. A potential inflating effect in estimation models: cautionary evidence from comparing performance enhancing drug and herbal hormonal supplement use estimates. Psychology of Sport & Exercise 2013, 14:84-96.

Shah I, Petroczi A, Tabet N, Klugman A, Isaac M, Naughton DP. Acetylcholine esterase inhibitors normalise circulating vitamin D2 levels in Alzheimer's disease: an observational study. Current Alzheimer's Research 2012 (in press)

Jones G, Hawkins K, Mullin R, Nepusz T, Naughton DP, Sheeran P, Petróczi A. Understanding how adherence goals promote adherence behaviours: A repeated measure observational study with HIV seropositive patients. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:587.

Jenkinson C, Petroczi A, Naughton DP. Red wine flavonoids inhibit UGT2B17 and potentially increase circulating testosterone levels. Nutrition Journal 2012, 11:67.

Petroczi A, Haugen KK. The self-reporting doping game: the paradox of a 'false-telling' mechanism and its implications for research and policy. Sports Management Review 2012 doi:10.1016/j.smr.2012.04.002.

Nepusz T, Petroczi A, Naughton DP. Network analytical tool for instantaneous bespoke interrogation of food safety notifications. PLoS One 2012, 7(4): e35652.

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