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Understanding Behavior: From Neurons to Societies

Cleo Protogerou

Dr Cleo Protogerou is an applied health psychologist who received her BSc from the University of Social and Political Sciences (Panteion), Greece; her MSc from the University of Manchester, UK; and her PhD from the University of Bath, UK. She works as a Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA), and Researcher at the Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI), University of California, Merced, USA. Her research focuses on exploring psychological and societal determinants of health and risk-taking behaviors, and evaluating the efficacy of health behavior interventions. Furthermore, her research involves methodological quality appraisal, and has developed the first checklist to assess the quality of survey studies in psychology (QSSP: Protogerou & Hagger, 2020). Prior to UC Merced, Dr Protogerou held academic positions at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; the University of Connecticut, USA; the University of Liverpool, UK; University of Roehampton Online, UK; and Curtin University, Australia. Her research has an international and collaborative outlook and has been funded by the University of Berkeley, California, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa. At UC Merced she teaches the courses Cognition, Affect and Health; the Psychology of Stereotype and Prejudice; the Psychology of Eating and Drinking; and Popular Dietary Messages.