Keynote Speakers

Susan A. Murphy

 Professor of Statistics, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University and Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA


Susan Murphy’s research focuses on improving sequential, individualized, decision making in health, in particular, clinical trial design and data analysis to inform the development of just-in-time adaptive interventions in digital health. Her lab works on online learning algorithms for developing personalized mobile health interventions.  She developed the micro-randomized trial for use in constructing digital health interventions; this trial design is in use across a broad range of health-related areas.  She is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, both of the US National Academies.

Falko Sniehotta

 Professor of Health Psychology & Behavioural Medicine, Universities of Newcastle, UK and Twente, The Netherlands

Falko Sniehotta’s work focuses on behaviour of health care professionals, health service users and members of the public contributing to population health. This involves developing theory on how behaviour changes, how change is maintained and how change can be supported through interventions. The focus of the research is translational aiming to develop science to improve practice, policy and population health. This involves working closely with national, regional and local government, practitioners and member of the public to create evidence with the potential for significant impact on policy and practice.

Falko Sniehotta is past president of the European Health Psychology Society, Associate Editor of Health Psychology Review, and member of the editorial boards of Psychology & Health and the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Zuzana Dankulincová

 Associate Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Health Psychology and Research Methodology, Medical Faculty, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia

Zuzana Dankulincová is an Associate Professor in Social Psychology. The aim of her work is to produce scientific evidence on health and determinants of health of vulnerable populations in Slovakia directly applicable in policy-making and intervention practice. In the last decade the focus of her work has been dedicated to the mental health of adolescents with special attention paid to the complex, mixed methods and participatory investigation of the system of care for children and adolescents. Her aim in this research it to improve the existing system of care from the viewpoint of all involved the system of care.

Since 2011 Zuzana Dankulincová has served as a Slovak national delegate for the European Health Psychology Association and since 2016 as a Slovak national editor for the Practical Health Psychology blog.

Urte Scholz

Professor of Applied Social and Health Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Urte Scholz is is full professor in the department of psychology at the University of Zurich and head of the applied social and health psychology unit. Her main research focus is on health behaviour change. She is most interested in examining self-regulation, and social and dyadic processes as well as the combination thereof in individuals and dyads (e.g., romantic partners, best friend dyads) for behaviour change in people’s everyday lives. In her research Urte Scholz follows a theory-based approach, and is doing observational and intervention studies in people’s everyday lives with the help of new technologies and objective assessments of behaviour.

In recognition of her work, she was elected fellow of the European Health Psychology Society and the International Association of Applied Psychology. She served as President of the Division of Health Psychology of the International Association of Applied Psychology and is currently President of the Swiss Society of Health Psychology. She has served as Associate Editor of “Anxiety Stress and Coping”, and the “British Journal of Health Psychology” and is editorial board member in leading journals of her field.