Aleksandra Sobota

Fertility related issues among women receiving gynecological cancer treatment

In June 2011 I graduated from The Medical University of Warsaw and in March 2012 I successfully completed my degree in psychology at the University of Warsaw. During the time of my studies I had a chance to do a one-month internship in forensic medicine in Thessaloniki (Greece), spent a year in France studying medicine at Lille Catholic University, and a few months in Sion (Switzerland) working in a surgical department. After graduation I worked for a year (2011-2012) in one of Warsaw’s leading clinical hospitals affiliated to the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre where I received a basic medical training.

However, I have always been interested in how medicine and psychology overlap and therefore my decision to continue to do a PhD in health psychology.

My PhD project concerns fertility and parenthood issues in gynecological cancer patients, specifically the treatment decision-making process related to fertility concerns and predictors of infertility-related distress. However, I would like to look at those from a slightly different than a solely medical perspective. David F. Marks once wrote “health psychology should accept its interdisciplinary nature, venture more often out of the clinical arena, drop white-coated scientism, and relocate in the richer cultural, sociopolitical and community contexts of society” [1]. Pursuing this thought I would like incorporate the cultural factors into my research by conducting it in two different socio-cultural settings – the Polish one, which I know quite well and the Scottish one, which I only begin to befriend with.

I love cats, books by Jacek Hugo-Bader (a must read for everyone who’s a least slightly interested in Russian culture and society) and traveling, as far as possible.

  1. Marks, D.F., Health Psychology in Context. Journal of Health Psychology, 1996. 1(1): p. 7-21.


  • Sosnowski, T., A. Sobota, and A. Rynkiewicz, Program running versus problem solving: two patterns of cardiac response. Int J Psychophysiol, 2012. 86(2): p. 187-93.
  • Bargiel-Matusiewicz, K., A. Sobota, and A. Wilczynska, Self-evaluation in dialysis patients. Eur J Med Res, 2010. 15 Suppl 2: p. 7-9.

Presentations and poster sessions

  1.  Sosnowski T, Sobota A, Rynkiewicz A. Program running versus problem solving sympathetic or parasympathetic mediation? Poster session presented at: 51st Annual Meeting, Society for Psychophysiological Research; 2011 Sep 14-18; Boston, MA, USA.
  2.  Mucha M A, Sobota A, Doruchowski M, Romul M. The vertical transmission of hepatits C virus. Presented at: The 5th International Scientific Congress of Medical Students and Young Doctors, Pediatrics session. Warsaw, 2008.