Olena is a predoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona. She holds a Master’s in Public Health (University of Stockholm, Sweden) and a Master’s in Management of Organisations in healthcare sector (Kiev-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine).
Since 2016, Olena works at the Tobacco Control Unit, initially as a scientific project manager of the international collaborative research projects and since 2020 as a predoctoral researcher. Her predoctoral research supervised by Prof. Fernández and Dr. Martínez aims to characterise prevalence and determinants of smoking and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke in private settings (homes and cars) as well as to adapt and test an intervention that aims to support families with children to create smoke-free homes.
Within tobacco control, her main research interests, among others, are smoking and exposure prevention, exposure to aerosols produced by electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products, smoke-free and other tobacco control interventions to create smoke-free environments. Beyond the area of tobacco control, she is interested in health promotion, health inequalities, sexual education, implementation science and behavior change.
Olena has previous research experience in public health and epidemiology (School of Public Health and AIDS Alliance, Kiev), health inequalities (Center for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm and the Center for Research on Health and Economics, Barcelona) and care coordination (Center for Research in Healthcare Innovation Management, CRHIM, Barcelona). She has previous experience in project coordination (EC FP7, H2020) and she has managed research activities of CRHIM and the Tobacco Control Unit in several European Commission funded projects.