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Xiang Zhao

Title: Postdoctoral Researcher School/office: School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences


Phone: +46 19 301475

Room: L2627

Research subject Research environments

About Xiang Zhao

Dr. Zhao is currently working at Örebro University as a Postdoctoral Researcher. With experts in the area of chronic pain, he is establishing predictive models using Swedish national registry data. Dr. Zhao started his research career with studies on tobacco use among Chinese adolescents. During his doctoral project in Australia and postdoctoral research in Austria, he has applied theories and methods from social and family psychology in health research.

Key interests: substance use; behavioural medicine; health research methodology; psychosomatic medicine; adolescent health; dyadic modelling

In the past 10 years, Dr. Zhao’s research focused on health and safety behaviours. Based on psychological models, his studies explain and predict behaviours such as tobacco and alcohol use, sun-safe protection, face mask use and vaccine hesitancy during the COVID-19 pandemic, and tattoo acquisition. He also extended the above theoretical paradigms by using interviews, ethnographies, and multi-informant perspectives, which provide an ecological lens for understanding contextualised health behaviours. 

Dr. Zhao has involved in development and evaluation of several behavioural change interventions. His doctoral project is to design and implement a school-based anti-smoking program in China. He worked with researchers and governmental officials in Queensland, Australia, on developing an online drink-driving prevention program. In Austria, he provided statistical assistance to a cross-national project on child mental health problems in Eastern Europe. 

So far, Dr. Zhao has over 40 articles published in refereed journals. He has completed over 100 reviews for academic journals. He serves as an Editorial Board Member of the Asian Journal of Social Psychology since September 2022. In addition to academic articles, Dr. Zhao also has published pieces about mental health promotion in popular magazines as well as two Chinese books for a general readership.

Dr. Zhao has teaching and supervision experience in Chinese, Australian, and European universities. The courses/seminars he has taught include quantitative research methods, behavioural intervention designs, and visual studies in health research. He lectured a health psychology course at the University of Klagenfurt in 2020. He has supervised students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

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