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Dr Ellen Klemera BSc, MSc, PhD

Co-PI, HBSC England, WHO collaborative Project



I am co-PI of the International WHO collaborative project ‘Health Behaviour in School aged Children’ (HBSC), representing England in the HBSC international network - the largest international survey in Europe. I lead the HBSC England team. The current focus of my research is on young people’s family culture; I lead and coordinate the international HBSC research focusing on young people’s family life, family culture, and their communication with parents.

I have expertise in young people’s and children’s health and emotional well-being, having led several projects investigating these topics. I have disseminated research relating to young people’s health and well-being in the areas of adolescent family life and parental communication, self-harm, and physical activity, through national and international publications and conferences.

I joined CHSS in April 2021, after 15 years working in the Child, Adolescent & Family Health unit, CRIPACC, University of Hertfordshire, first as a Research Fellow, and from 2016 as Senior Research Fellow. Since 2008, I have been involved in the HBSC International WHO collaborative project; in 2016 I became a deputy PI, and from 2018 a co-PI of the English National team in the HBSC international Network. I obtained my PhD in Developmental and Educational Psychology in Tbilisi (Georgia) and MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (2005).

BSc 1st class Hons. MSc in Psychology, qualified as a psychologist and teacher of Psychology, 1981, Tbilisi State University, Georgia.
PhD in Developmental and Educational Psychology, 1988, Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
MSc with commendation in Research Methods in Psychology, 2005, Hertfordshire University, UK.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Chester, K. L., Klemera, E., josefine, M., Spencer, N. H. and Brooks, F. M. (2019) 'The role of school-based health education in adolescent spiritual moral, social and cultural development', Health Education Journal. SAGE, pp. 582-594. doi: 10.1177/0017896919832341.
Chester, K., Magnusson, J., Klemera, E., Spencer, N. and Brooks, F. (2019) 'The Mitigating Role of Ecological Health Assets in Adolescent Cyberbullying Victimization', Youth and Society. SAGE, pp. 291-317. doi: 10.1177/0044118X16673281.
Wilson, P. M., Bataille, V. and Klemera, E. (2010) 'Self management in atypical mole syndrome: qualitative findings from a pilot study', Dermatological Nursing. British Dermatological Nursing Group, pp. 42-46.
Brooks, F., Klemera, E., Chester, K., Magnusson, J. and Spencer, N. (2018) Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC): World Health Organization Collaborative Cross National Study: Findings from the 2018 HBSC study for England. University of Hertfordshire.
Total publications in KAR: 4 [See all in KAR]
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