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Dr. Alina Paula Cosma
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Biography

Alina Cosma is a researcher with extensive experience in the design and management of cross-sectional health surveys focusing on child and adolescent health and well-being. Alina was awarded a PhD in Psychology in 2015 from Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania. Since then, she has held post-doctoral positions at prestigious universities in the UK (University of St Andrews), Ireland (RCSI), the Netherlands (Utrecht University) and Czechia (Palacky University Olomouc). From 2011 onwards, Alina has been part of the cross-national survey Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) network where she is currently charring the Early Careers Group and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Focus group.

Alina's research follows four main streams all aimed better understanding current risk and protective factors in the global health and well-being of young people: i) time trends and predictors of change over time in adolescent health and mental health (within country and cross-countries perspectives); ii) social (e.g., gender, SES) and structural determinants (e.g., gender inequality) of adolescent health and well-being; iii) health and well-being in vulnerable populations (i.e., sexual minorities and adolescents with an immigration background) and iv) climate change, sustainability and (mental) health.

During her Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Project GenerationZ) she has explored contemporary perspectives on adolescent mental health. More specifically, GenerationZ aimed to to i) investigate within-individual changes in mental health as young people progress through adolescence using Growing up in Ireland data, ii) to test cross-national variation and trends in population-level adolescent mental health across 45 European countries using Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) data and iii) to explore young people's perspectives on what is mental health and what are the main drivers of mental health for their generation (ie., GenZ).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Boer M., Cosma A., Twenge J.M., Inchley J., Jericek Klanscek H., Stevens G.W.J.M., National-Level Schoolwork Pressure, Family Structure, Internet Use, and Obesity as Drivers of Time Trends in Adolescent Psychological Complaints Between 2002 and 2018, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 52, (10), 2023, p2061 - 2077, p2061-2077 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Samdal O., Budin-Ljosne I., Haug E., Helland T., Kjostarova-Unkovska L., Bouillon C., Broer C., Corell M., Cosma A., Currie D., Eriksson C., Felder-Puig R., Gaspar T., Hagquist C., Harbron J., Jastad A., Kelly C., Knai C., Kleszczewska D., Kysnes B.B., Lien N., Luszczynska A., Moerman G., Moreno-Maldonado C., NicGabhainn S., Pudule I., Rakic J.G., Rito A., Ronnestad A.M., Ulstein M., Rutter H., Klepp K.-I., Encouraging greater empowerment for adolescents in consent procedures in social science research and policy projects, Obesity Reviews, 24, (S2), 2023 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Treble M., Cosma A., Martin G., Child and Adolescent Psychological Reactions to Climate Change: A Narrative Review Through an Existential Lens, Current Psychiatry Reports, 25, (8), 2023, p357 - 363, p357-363 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Geraets, Anouk Francine Jacqueline, Cosma, Alina, Fismen, Anne-Siri, Ojala, Kristiina, Pierannunzio, Daniela, Kelly, Colette, Melkumova, Marina, Vassallo, Charlene, Gudelj Rakic, Jelena, Heinz, Andreas, Cross-national time trends in adolescent body weight perception and the explanatory role of overweight/obesity prevalence, Child and Adolescent Obesity, 6, (1), 2023 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Michela Bersia, Lorena Charrier, Paola Berchialla, Alina Cosma, ROSANNA IRENE COMORETTO, Paola Dalmasso, The Mental Well-Being of Italian Adolescents in the Last Decade through the Lens of the Dual Factor Model, Children, 9, (12), 2022, p1981 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Alina Cosma, Measurement Invariance of the WHO-5 Well-Being Index: Evidence from 15 European Countries , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, (16), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 TARA - Full Text DOI

Cosma A., Kolto A., Young H., Thorsteinsson E., Godeau E., Saewyc E., Nic Gabhainn S., Romantic love and involvement in bullying and cyberbullying in 15-year-old adolescents from eight European countries and regions, Journal of LGBT Youth, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Bersia, Michela, Charrier, Lorena, Berchialla, Paola, Cosma, Alina, Comoretto, Rosanna Irene, Dalmasso, Paola, The Mental Well-Being of Italian Adolescents in the Last Decade through the Lens of the Dual Factor Model, Children, 9, (12), 2022, p1981 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Heinz, Andreas, Sischka, Philipp E., Catunda, Carolina, Cosma, Alina, García-Moya, Irene, Lyyra, Nelli, Kaman, Anne, Ravens-Sieberer, Ulrike, Pickett, William, Item response theory and differential test functioning analysis of the HBSC-Symptom-Checklist across 46 countries, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 22, (1), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Cosma, Measuring negative emotional responses to climate change among young people in survey research: a systematic review protocol, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 URL URL

Boer M., van den Eijnden R.J.J.M., Finkenauer C., Boniel-Nissim M., Marino C., Inchley J., Cosma A., Paakkari L., Stevens G.W.J.M., Cross-national validation of the social media disorder scale: findings from adolescents from 44 countries, Addiction, 117, (3), 2022, p784 - 795, p784-795 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Cosma A., Elgar F.J., de Looze M., Canale N., Lenzi M., Inchley J., Vieno A., Structural gender inequality and gender differences in adolescent substance use: A multilevel study from 45 countries, SSM - Population Health, 19, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Alina Cosma, Bullying, Mental Health, and the Moderating Role of Supportive Adults: A Cross-National Analysis of Adolescents in 45 Countries, International Journal of Public Health, 67, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Andreas Heinz, Philipp E. Sischka, Carolina Catunda, Alina Cosma, Irene García-Moya, Nelli Lyyra, Anne Kaman, Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, William Pickett, Item response theory and differential test functioning analysis of the HBSC-Symptom-Checklist across 46 countries, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Alina Cosma, Gender Differences in Bullying Reflect Societal Gender Inequality: A Multilevel Study With Adolescents in 46 Countries, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 URL TARA - Full Text

Cosma A., Kolto A., Badura P., Winkler P., Kalman M., TIME TRENDS IN ADOLESCENT MENTAL WELLBEING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC BETWEEN 2002 AND 2018: GENDER, AGE AND SOCIOECONOMIC DIFFERENCES, Central European Journal of Public Health, 29, (4), 2021, p271 - 278, p271-278 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Cosma A., Stevens G.W.J.M., Vollebergh W.A.M., De Looze M., Time trends in schoolwork pressure among Dutch adolescents, 2001"2017: Gender and educational differences, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Ng K., Cosma A., Svacina K., Boniel-Nissim M., Badura P., Czech adolescents" remote school and health experiences during the spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, Preventive Medicine Reports, 22, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Joy P., Cosma A., Goodliffe S., Hiltner S., Magnee T., Plug I., A journey of gender in health: Transforming health by promoting gender considerations through comic art, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 12, (2), 2021, p145 - 162, p145-162 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Cosma A., Pavelka J., Badura P., Leisure time use and adolescent mental well-being: Insights from the COVID-19 Czech spring lockdown, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (23), 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Delaruelle K., Walsh S.D., Dierckens M., Deforche B., Kern M.R., Currie C., Maldonado C.M., Cosma A., Stevens G.W.J.M., Mental Health in Adolescents with a Migration Background in 29 European Countries: The Buffering Role of Social Capital, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 50, (5), 2021, p855 - 871, p855-871 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Alina Cosma, András Költ", Petr Badura, Petr Winkler, Michal Kalman, Time trends in adolescent mental well-being in Czechia between 2002 and 2018: Gender, age and socio-economic differences, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Cosma A., Walsh S.D., Chester K.L., Callaghan M., Molcho M., Craig W., Pickett W., Bullying victimization: time trends and the overlap between traditional and cyberbullying across countries in Europe and North America, International Journal of Public Health, 65, (1), 2020, p75 - 85, p75-85 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Kolto A., Cosma A., Moreau N., Young H., Thorsteinsson E.B., Gobina I., Godeau E., Saewyc E.M., Nic Gabhainn S., Self-Reported Health and Patterns of Romantic Love in Adolescents from Eight European Countries and Regions, LGBT Health, 7, (2), 2020, p90 - 100, p90-100 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Stevens G.W.J.M., Boer M., Titzmann P.F., Cosma A., Walsh S.D., Immigration status and bullying victimization: Associations across national and school contexts, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 66, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Kern M.R., Duinhof E.L., Walsh S.D., Cosma A., Moreno-Maldonado C., Molcho M., Currie C., Stevens G.W.J.M., Intersectionality and Adolescent Mental Well-being: A Cross-Nationally Comparative Analysis of the Interplay Between Immigration Background, Socioeconomic Status and Gender, Journal of Adolescent Health, 66, (6), 2020, pS12 - S20, pS12-S20 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Alina Cosma, Gonneke Stevens, Gina Martin, Elisa L. Duinhof, Sophie D. Walsh, Irene Garcia-Moya, András Költ", Inese Gobina, Natale Canale, Carolina Catunda, Jo Inchley, Margaretha de Looze, Cross-National Time Trends in Adolescent Mental Well-Being From 2002 to 2018 and the Explanatory Role of Schoolwork Pressure, Journal of Adolescent Health, 66, (6), 2020, pS50--S58 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Craig W., Boniel-Nissim M., King N., Walsh S.D., Boer M., Donnelly P.D., Harel-Fisch Y., Malinowska-Cieslik M., Gaspar de Matos M., Cosma A., Van den Eijnden R., Vieno A., Elgar F.J., Molcho M., Bjereld Y., Pickett W., Social Media Use and Cyber-Bullying: A Cross-National Analysis of Young People in 42 Countries, Journal of Adolescent Health, 66, (6), 2020, pS100 - S108, pS100-S108 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Walsh S.D., Sela T., De Looze M., Craig W., Cosma A., Harel-Fisch Y., Boniel-Nissim M., Malinowska-Cieslik M., Vieno A., Molcho M., Ng K., Pickett W., Clusters of Contemporary Risk and Their Relationship to Mental Well-Being Among 15-Year-Old Adolescents Across 37 Countries, Journal of Adolescent Health, 66, (6), 2020, pS40 - S49, pS40-S49 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

De Looze M.E., Cosma A.P., Vollebergh W.A.M., Duinhof E.L., de Roos S.A., van Dorsselaer S., van Bon-Martens M.J.H., Vonk R., Stevens G.W.J.M., Trends over Time in Adolescent Emotional Wellbeing in the Netherlands, 2005-2017: Links with Perceived Schoolwork Pressure, Parent-Adolescent Communication and Bullying Victimization, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49, (10), 2020, p2124 - 2135, p2124-2135 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Kolto A., Cosma A., Young H., Moreau N., Pavlova D., Tesler R., Thorsteinsson E.B., Vieno A., Saewyc E.M., Gabhainn S.N., Romantic attraction and substance use in 15-year-old adolescents from eight European Countries, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (17), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Elgar F.J., Gariepy G., Dirks M., Walsh S.D., Molcho M., Cosma A., Malinowska-Cieslik M., Donnelly P.D., Craig W., Association of Early-Life Exposure to Income Inequality with Bullying in Adolescence in 40 Countries, JAMA Pediatrics, 173, (7), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Gobina I., Villberg J., Valimaa R., Tynjala J., Whitehead R., Cosma A., Brooks F., Cavallo F., Ng K., de Matos M.G., Villerusa A., Prevalence of self-reported chronic pain among adolescents: Evidence from 42 countries and regions, European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom), 23, (2), 2019, p316 - 326, p316-326 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Duinhof E.L., Lek K.M., De Looze M.E., Cosma A., Mazur J., Gobina I., Wustner A., Vollebergh W.A.M., Stevens G.W.J.M., Revising the self-report strengths and difficulties questionnaire for cross-country comparisons of adolescent mental health problems: The SDQ-R, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Cosma A., Balazsi R., Baban A., Bullying victimization and internalizing problems in school aged children: A longitudinal approach, Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, (1), 2018, p31 - 45, p31-45 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Kolto A., Young H., Burke L., Moreau N., Cosma A., Magnusson J., Windlin B., Reis M., Saewyc E.M., Godeau E., Gabhainn S.N., Love and Dating Patterns for Same- and Both-Gender Attracted Adolescents Across Europe, Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28, (4), 2018, p772 - 778, p772-778 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Whitehead R.D., Cosma A., Cecil J., Currie C., Currie D., Neville F., Inchley J., Trends in the perceived body size of adolescent males and females in Scotland, 1990"2014: changing associations with mental well-being, International Journal of Public Health, 63, (1), 2018, p69 - 80, p69-80 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Cosma A., Belic J., Blecha O., Fenski F., Lo M.Y., Murar F., Petrovic D., Stella M.T., 'Talkin' 'bout my generation': Using a mixed-methods approach to explore changes in adolescent well-being across several European countries, Frontiers in Psychology, 8, (MAY), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Cosma, A., Whitehead, R., Neville, F., Currie, D., Inchley, J., Trends in bullying victimization in Scottish adolescents 1994"2014: changing associations with mental well-being, International Journal of Public Health, 62, (6), 2017, p639-646 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Whitehead R., Berg C., Cosma A., Gobina I., Keane E., Neville F., Ojala K., Kelly C., Trends in Adolescent Overweight Perception and Its Association With Psychosomatic Health 2002"2014: Evidence From 33 Countries, Journal of Adolescent Health, 60, (2), 2017, p204 - 211, p204-211 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Meinck F., Cosma A.P., Mikton C., Baban A., Psychometric properties of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Abuse Short Form (ACE-ASF) among Romanian high school students, Child Abuse and Neglect, 72, 2017, p326 - 337, p326-337 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Neville F.G., McEachran J., Aleman-Diaz A., Whitehead R., Cosma A., Currie D., Currie C., Trends in the sexual behaviour of 15-year olds in Scotland: 2002-14, European Journal of Public Health, 27, (5), 2017, p835 - 839, p835-839 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Young H., Kolto A., Reis M., Saewyc E.M., Moreau N., Burke L., Cosma A., Windlin B., Gabhainn S.N., Godeau E., Sexual Health questions included in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study: An international methodological pilot investigation, BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16, (1), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Alina Cosma, Balázsi Róbert, Adriana B"ban, Time Trends in Bullying Involvement among Romanian School Aged Children from 2006 to 2014, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 209, 2015, p17--24 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Chester, K.L., Callaghan, M., Cosma, A., Donnelly, P., Craig, W., Walsh, S., Molcho, M., Cross-national time trends in bullying victimization in 33 countries among children aged 11, 13 and 15 from 2002 to 2010, European Journal of Public Health, 25, 2015, p61-64 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

"tefan, C.A., Rebega, O.L., Cosma, A., Romanian Preschool Teachers" Understanding of Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties: Implications for Designing Teacher Trainings, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 36, (1), 2015, p61-83 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Cosma, A., Baban, A., The associations between bullying behaviors and health outcomes among romanian school children, Cognition, Brain, Behavior, 17, (4), 2013, p263-276 Journal Article, 2013

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Alina Cosma, Shynar Abdrakhmanova, Diana Taut, Karen Schrijvers, Carolina Catunda, Christina Schnohr, A focus on adolescent mental health and well-being in Europe, central Asia and Canada, https://iris.who.int/bitstream, Health Behaviour in School-aged Children international report from the 2021/2022 survey, Volume I, World Health Organisation, October, 2023, p1 - 65 Report, 2023 URL TARA - Full Text URL

nchley J, Currie D, Budisavljevic S, Torsheim T, Jåstad A, Cosma A et al., Spotlight on adolescent health and well-being. Findings from the 2017/2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey in Europe and Canada. International report. Volume 1. Key findings, WHO Regional Office for Europe, June, 2020, p1 - 72 Report, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Research Expertise

Description

adolescent mental health; adolescent health and well-being; gender; cross-national comparisons; bullying; climate change anxiety

Projects

  • Title
    • GenerationZ
  • Summary
    • There is no health without mental health, and the foundation of the latter is largely laid in adolescence. Recent evidence indicates that today's adolescents (i.e. Generation Z) experience worse mental health than the preceding generation (i.e. the Millennials). The EU-funded GenerationZ project aims to examine individual changes in adolescent mental health, and assess cross-national variation and trends in population-level adolescent mental health across 40+ European countries. The project's work is in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the European regional and national health strategies.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • February 2022

Keywords

ADOLESCENT; Adolescent Health; Adolescent Psychology; Adolescents; BULLYING; Child and adolescent health ; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Cross-Cultural Studies; Cyberbullying; Emotional/Mental Health--Child/Adolescent

Recognition

Awards and Honours

"The study of trends in Health Behavior in School Aged Children (HBSC) research"- Ref. Scholarships 08/2021 at University of Padova, Department of Psychology and Socialization 2021

ZonMw: Gender in Research Fellowship: attending the research summer school on Gender in Health Research organized by Erasmus Summer Program, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2019

Basel Winter School Scholarship: On Leadership and Professional Skills for Psychologists and Psychiatrists 2018

Stefan Goanga Prize for best Psychology PhD thesis at Department of Psychology, Babes Bolyai University, Romania 2015

Scholarship for attending the EARA-SRA Adolescent Development Summer School, Utrecht, Netherlands 2014

Scholarship for attending the ISBBD Regional Workshop- Adolescent Development, Budapest, Hungary 2013

PhD- National Scholarship from Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania 2011-2015

Merit based scholarship from Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania 2007-2011

Memberships

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) 2011

International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) 2019