Irina Todorova, PhD

Irina Todorova, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Why I care about the Institute of Coaching:

The Institute strives for excellence in research and education in coaching and is a valuable resource to dedicated practitioners and scholars.


Todorova is Scientific Advisor at the IOC and the grant committee. She is a health psychologist with extensive research and teaching experience in psychological and social aspects of human development, health, well-being and health inequalities. Her research interests include migration and health, burnout in health professionals, health promotion interventions, experiences of health and illness, and qualitative/narrative health psychology. Todorova is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council at the IOC, which makes decisions on grants awarded by the Institute and about the Annual Coaching in Healthcare and Leadership Conference organized by Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital and the IOC. She is certified in coaching from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College).

Todorova is Clinical Professor at the Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University. She advises undergraduate and MPH and doctoral students as a member of their capstone committees and doctoral committees. She teaches courses in health psychology, health promotion, gender and health and qualitative and mixed research methods. She is Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) and was previously President of this society, as well as Co-chair of the Scientific Committee of the 33rd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society, Croatia 2019. She is Editor of the Taylor & Francis Journal Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (HPBM) and on the editorial board for Health Psychology Review; Psychology & Health and Cognition, Brain, Behavior. She has been guest editor of several special issues, most recently the Special Issue on Advanced Methods in HPBM; and the Special Section on “Women’s Reproductive Health in a Cultural Context”, in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2017). With co-authors she is the recipient of the Virginia and Warren Stone book prize for Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M. & Todorova, I. (2008). Learning a New Land: The Experience of Newcomer Immigrant Youth. Harvard University Press.

Full publication information:

Selected publications:

  • Suárez-Orozco, C., & Todorova, I. (2006). Projecting the voices of Mexican-origin children Research on Human Development, 3(4), 211-228. 
  • Montgomery, A., Todorova, I., Baban, A., & Panagopoulou, E. (2013). Improving quality and safety in the hospital: the link between organizational culture, burnout, and quality of care. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18(3), 656-662. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12045
  • Todorova, I., Guzzardo, M. T., Adams, W. E., & Falcón, L. M. (2015). Gratitude and longing: Meanings of health in aging for Puerto Rican adults in the mainland. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(12), 1602-1612. doi: 10.1177/1359105313519155 
  • Alexandrova-Karamanova, A., Todorova, I., Montgomery, A., Panagopoulou, E., Costa, P., Baban, A., . . . Mijakoski, D. (2016). Burnout and health behaviors in health professionals from seven European countries. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 89(7), 1059-1075. doi: 10.1007/s00420-016-1143-5
  • Sforzo, G. A., Kaye, M. P., Todorova, I., Harenberg, S., Costello, K., Kuo, L., . . . Moore, M. (2017). Compendium of the health and wellness coaching literature. Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  May, doi: 10.1177/1559827617708562
  • Craciun, C., Todorova, I., & Baban, A. (2018). “Taking responsibility for my health”: Health system barriers and women’s attitudes toward cervical cancer screening in Romania and Bulgaria. Journal of Health Psychology 
  • Todorova, I. (2019) Kalimera: Cultural issues in coaching.  Dima Louis & Pauline Fatien Diochon (Eds):  Coaching beyond the surface: A critical case-based perspective to the practice, education and supervision of coaching. Routledge

Contact Irina:

Email: [email protected]