International HIV/AIDS Policy

Postal address
Nationalestraat 155
2000
Antwerp
Belgium
Contact
Phone: +32(0)32476472

    Research areas

  • S263-social-psychology - HIV/AIDS, sexual health
  • S290-social-medicine

Research expertise

Christiana Nöstlinger was trained as a clinical and health psychologist at the University of Vienna and completed her PhD in 1989. She obtained a postdoctoral fellowship to specialize in behavioral and psychosexual research at the HIV-Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University (New York).

She was professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Vienna between 2016-2018.  Before she held various positions as a clinical psychologist, researcher, and lecturer, and worked as a consultant to various European and international organizations in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Since 2005 she works at ITM, leading several social science research projects. This has included the social science component of research on pre_Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), scientific coordination of the Eurosupport projects (Eurosupport projects 4-6), leading the evaluation work-package of the European Joint Action "Quality Action: Improving the Quality of HIV Prevention in Europe", and the prevention work-package of Sialon II (all funded through the European Public Health Projects funded by the European Public Health Programme/CHAFEA). She developed and evaluated HIV prevention projects in the South (e.g. Kenya, Uganda) targeting adolescents living with HIV. She is also the coordinator of the Flemish Programme "HIV prevention and sexual health promotion for sub-Saharan African migrants living in Flanders" (commissioned by the Flemish Ministry of Public Health, Well-being and the Family). 

Her area of expertise relates to social science and behavioral research on human (sexual) health behavior and its contextual components, such as lifestyle-related health issues (gender and health, sexual and reproductive health, health promotion for key populations such as migrants, young people and men having sex-with-men, particularly in the field of sexual health and HIV/AIDS).  She is experienced in developing, implementing, and evaluating health behavior interventions using an evidence-based, theory-guided and systematic approach.  She works with community-based, participatory research approaches and with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

 

Research lines

  • Research on health behavior and its determinants, particularly in the area of sexual and reproductive health, including migration as a social determinant of health
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating theory-based health promotion interventions targeting different levels (i.e. individuals, social groups, and communities), e.g. the projects Eurosupport 6 and the Treatment Literacy project.
  • Providing theory-based health promotion expertise and capacity building at local, regional, national and international levels, the latter particularly related to international health in resource-constrained settings.
  • Promoting interdisciplinary collaboration relating to the study field both within ITM as well as with other relevant organisations on a national and international level.

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