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Dr. Olga Bogolyubova

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Dr. Olga Bogolyubova
Visiting Assistant Professor
Psychology Department
161 Science Center
PO Box 5825
Potsdam, NY 13699-5825

Phone: 315-268-2331
Fax: 315-268-7118

Ph.D.  Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia, 2006

Courses Taught
Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology, CyberPsychology.

Research Interests 
Dr. Bogolyubova’s research is focused on three interrelated topics. The first topic is the study of childhood victimization and its impact on health. More specifically, I am engaged in research of the associations between traumatic childhood experiences and HIV risk behavior of young adults. My completed research in this field focused on exploring the prevalence of childhood victimization in Russian samples, HIV risks in disadvantaged youth, and the impact of experiencing violence on women’s health and well-being.

The second topic addresses shame and its relationship to psychological trauma. I am interested in studying shame as a traumatic experience and the contribution of childhood victimization experiences to the experience of shame as traumatic.

The third topic is the exploration of how people use social media websites to express their psychological distress, share information about health related issues and seek help for mental health problems. My current research project is a cross-cultural study of the expressions of stress and well-being on social networks such as Facebook. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration involving web programmers, computational linguists, and psychologists. As part of this study we designed an application to collect answers to the questionnaire with accompanying profile data from consenting Facebook users. This is a work in progress; at the moment we have data from a sample of 7000 Russian speaking Facebook users, including data on victimization experiences, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and subjective well-being. This self-report based data will be combined with publicly available data from the Facebook profiles of the study participants to explore possible behavioral and linguistic markers of psychological distress in this sample.

Publications (Last 5 years)
Bogolyubova, O., Ledovaya, Y., Ivanov, V., Tikhonov, R., Moskvichev, A., Panicheva, P. (2016). Violence Exposure, Traumatic Stress and Well-being in a Sample of Russian Adults: a Facebook-based Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence (under review) 

Bogolyubova, O.N., Skochilov, R.V., Smykalo, L.V. (2016). Childhood victimization and HIV risk behaviors among university students in St. Petersburg, Russia. AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1191604

Ledovaya, Y.A., Bogolyubova, O.N., Tikhonov, R. (2015). Stress, well-being and the Dark Triad. Psychologicheskie Issledovanya (Psychological Research) - Online Journal Vol.8, Issue 43, [In Russian]

Bogolyubova, O.N., Kiseleva, E.V. (2015). Adverse childhood experiences and psychological and psychophysiological aspects of experiencing shame. St-Petersburg State University Bulletin, Series 12, 2, pp. 30 - 44 [In Russian]

Bogolyubova, O.N., Kiseleva, E.V.(2015).  Experiencing shame: a qualitative analysis of narratives. St-Petersburg

State University Bulletin, Series 12, 1, pp. 38 52 [In Russian]

Bogolyubova, O.N., Shestakova, A.N. (2015). Traumatic stress and decision making: a neuroeconomics perspective.

Experimental Psychology, 2, pp. 60 - 76 doi:10.17759/exppsy.2015080206 [In Russian]

Bogolyubova, O., Skochilov, R., Smykalo, L.(2015). Childhood victimization experiences of young adults in St. Petersburg, Russia. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30 (7), pp. 1 - 15 DOI: 10.1177/0886260514539849

Bogolyubova, O.N., Uraeva, G.E. (2013). Experience of online harassment among young adults: current state of research and future perspectives. Psychologicheskie Issledovanya (Psychological Research) - Online Journal, 6 (27), [In Russian]

Zapata, L.B., Kissin, D.M., Bogoliubova, O., Yorick, R.V., Kraft, J.M., Jamieson, D.J., Marchbanks, P.A., Hillis, S.D. (2013). Orphaned and abused youth are vulnerable to pregnancy and suicide risk. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37 (5), pp. 310 319

Taylor, G.J., Quilty, L.C., Bagby, R.M., Starostina, E.G., Bogolyubova, O.N., Smykalo, L.V., Skochilov, R.V., Bobrov, A.E. (2012). Reliability and Factorial Validity of the Russian Version of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Social and Clinical Psychiatry, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp. 20 25 [In Russian]

Uraeva, G.E., Bogolyubova, O.N., Smykalo, L.V., Skochilov, R.V., Yorick, R.V., Suvorova, S.V., Zakharov, K.A. (2012). Domestic violence and the psychological state of HIV-positive women. St-Petersburg State University Bulletin, Series 12, Issue 2, pp. 48 55 [In Russian]

Bogolyubova, O.N. (2012). Epidemiological Approach in Psychology. St-Petersburg State University Bulletin, Series 16, Issue 2, pp. 68 74 [In Russian]

Presentations at Scientific Meetings (Last 5 years)
Panicheva, P., Ivanov, V., Moskvichev, A., Bogolyubova, O., Ledovaya, Y. Towards a linguistic model of stress, well-being and dark traits in Russian Facebook texts. //Proceedings of the AINL-ISMW FRUCT, ITMO University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, November 2015

Bogolyubova, O., Kiseleva, E. History of childhood emotional abuse and traumatic shame experiences in adults. // Presented at the 14th European Congress of Psychology, Milan, Italy, July 2015

Bogolyubova, O., Pleshkova, N. Prior victimization, traumatic birth experience of mothers and the quality of attachment of their young children // Presented at the 13th Europeans Traumatic Stress Studies conference, Bologna, Italy, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, special issue, June 2013, p. 135

Invited Talks
Bogolyubova, O. (September 2014). Childhood victimization experiences of young adults in St-Petersburg, Russia. Invited presentation at the University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Bogolyubova, O. (August 2014). Psychological Trauma and PTSD. Moscow Center for EMDR therapy. Moscow, Russia.

Bogolyubova, O. (August 2015). Shame and Psychological Trauma: State of Research and Psychotherapy Approaches. Moscow Center for EMDR therapy. Moscow, Russia.

Research Grants (last 5 years)
Stress, health and well-being in the social networks: a cross-cultural study (8.38.351.2015) Federal Funds allocated to Saint-Petersburg State University. Principal Investigator: Dr. Aleksandr Spectre (Cambridge, UK)

Role: Co-investigator.  January 2015 – present

Psychological Trauma and Experience of Shame (14-06-00611) Funded by Russian Humanities Foundation ( Role: Principal Investigator January 2014 - December 2015

Endocrine and Behavioral Determinants of Stress ( Federal Funds allocated to Saint-Petersburg State University (internal grant competition). Principal Investigator: Dr. Valentin Ababkov

Role: Researcher January 2011 - December 2013

Attachment Patterns of Children in Relation to Mothers Victimization and Traumatic Childbirth Experience (8.23.465.2012) Funded by Saint-Petersburg State University (small grant competition of the Department of Psychology) Role: Principal Investigator March 2012 - December 2012

Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. Committee for Science of the Government of Saint-Petersburg, 2014