Anja Čuš - ESR 10, Medical University Vienna
I grew up in Slovenia, fairly close to the Austrian, Hungarian and Croatian border. In this area, I learned early about different cultural contexts and how they shape people. As a consequence, I developed a fascination for different behaviours and started studying Psychology. To satisfy my interest in working with people from different cultural backgrounds, I concluded my studies by specializing in Health and Social Psychology in Maastricht – in another cross-cultural tri-border area.
I am especially interested in improving people’s health with psychological insights. In my work on developing online intervention for body-dissatisfied women and implementing suicide prevention activities in adolescents I could observe how well-designed interventions support people in living a meaningful and productive life.
Digital technologies are omnipresent, especially in young people’s lives. This offers great potential in providing widely accessible and cost-effective interventions. As an early stage TEAM ITN researcher I will explore this potential for designing interventions to reduce auto-aggressive behaviour in adolescents. My aim is to develop a program that fosters adolescents’ resilience in at-risk groups.
Being a part of the TEAM research group gives me the unique opportunity to continue learning about and designing modern intervention programs while working in the inspiring and supportive environment of TEAM and the Medical University of Vienna.