Justyna Pollok

Ms Justyna Pollok

Research Officer

Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Office

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am completing my PhD in medical psychology under the supervision of Professor Anna Chur-Hansen and Professor Gregory Crawford.
Given the rising burden of mood disorders and chronic diseases worldwide, I wished to further explore the mechanisms of depression in people with chronic illness. My research activities aim to assess the effectiveness of current pharmacological and psychological treatments for depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I have conducted two Cochrane systematic reviews and meta-analyses to help build the, currently, non-existent evidence base for management of depression in COPD.

Broadly, I am interested in health psychology, behavioural medicine, translational research, and the development of interventions that would help better manage and prevent depression in high risk populations.

It’s been really good to learn from and collaborate with some truly inspiring researchers in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences who are working hard to make a difference.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Pollok, J., Van Agteren, J., Esterman, A., & Carson-Chahhoud, K. (2019). Psychological therapies for the treatment of depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2019(3), 95 pages.
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    2019 Mikocka-Walus, A., Prady, S., Pollok, J., Esterman, A., Gordon, A., Knowles, S., & Andrews, J. (2019). Adjuvant therapy with antidepressants for the management of inflammatory bowel disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2019(4), 55 pages.
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    2018 Pollok, J., van Agteren, J., & Carson-Chahhoud, K. (2018). Pharmacological interventions for the treatment of depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018(12), 61 pages.
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    2018 Pollok, J., van Agteren, J., Chong, A., Carson, K., & Smith, B. (2018). Evaluation of existing experimental evidence for treatment of depression in Indigenous populations: a systematic review. Australian Journal of Psychology, 70(4), 305-317.
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    2016 Naqvi, S., Pollok, J., van Agteren, J., Usmani, Z., Carson, K., Smith, B., & Licinio, J. (2016). Pharmacological interventions for the treatment of depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(9).
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    2016 Pollok, J., van Agteren, J., Carson, K., Esterman, A., Smith, B., & Licinio, J. (2016). Psychological therapies for the treatment of depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(9).
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  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2016 Pollok, J. (2016). A quantitative investigation of factors related to undiganosed and diagnosed sleep apnoea. Poster session presented at the meeting of Special Abstract Supplement, Adelaide Sleep Retreat, 6th Annual Meeting 2015. Adelaide Australia.
    2016 Pollok, J., van Agteren, J., Chong, A., Carson, K., & Smith, B. (2016). Evaluation of evidence-based practice for treatment of depression for Indigenous populations worldwide. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Congress of Behavioural Medicine. Melbourne Australia.
    2016 Pollok, J., van Agteren, J., Chong, A., Carson, K., & Smith, B. (2016). Evaluation of evidence-based practice for treatment of depression for Indigenous populations worldwide. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Congress of Behavioural Medicine. Melbourne Australia.
    2015 Carson, K., Jayasinghe, H., Pollok, J., Peters, M., Veale, A., van Agteren, J., . . . Smith, B. J. (2015). Smoking cessation pharmacotherapy: An under-utilised quit smoking resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Poster session presented at the meeting of Oceania Tobacco Control Conference. Perth Australia.
    2015 Carson, K., Jayasinghe, H., Pollok, J., Peters, M., Veale, A., van Agteren, J., . . . Smith, B. J. (2015). Smoking cessation pharmacotherapy: An under-utilised quit smoking resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Poster session presented at the meeting of Oceania Tobacco Control Conference. Perth Australia.
    2015 van Agteren, J., Carson, K., Kopsaftis, Z., Jayasinghe, H., Pollok, J., & smith, B. (2015). Kick.it: the development of a social network-based smoking cessation platform for mobile devices. Poster session presented at the meeting of Virtually healthy. Adelaide Australia.
    2015 van Agteren, J., Carson, K., Kopsaftis, Z., Jayasinghe, H., Pollok, J., & smith, B. (2015). Kick.it: the development of a social network-based smoking cessation platform for mobile devices. Poster session presented at the meeting of Virtually healthy. Adelaide Australia.

2016

School of Public Health

Health and Illness in Populations

Preparing and delivering tutorials; grading assignments and marking exams.

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member The Cochrane collaboration (Common Mental Disorders Group) United Kingdom
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member The Australian Society for Medical Research Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2015 - 2018 Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research Clinical Practice Unit Advocacy Australia
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in health behaviour change. Workshop Australian Psychological Association Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Management of depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine conference The University of Adelaide New Zealand
    2018 - ongoing Psychological and pharmacological treatment of depression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 12th Florey Postgraduate Research Conference The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - 2016 EVALUATION OF EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE IN TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION FOR INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS WORLDWIDE. 14th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine The University of Adelaide, School of Medicine Australia
    2015 - ongoing Investigation of factors associated with undiagnosed and diagnosed sleep apnoea in a male population cohort. Australian Society for Medical Research - South Australian annual scientific meeting The University of Adelaide, School of Medicine Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Systematic review with meta-analysis: home-based CBT for irritable bowel syndrome in adults. Peer Review Journal of Psychosomatic Research Australia
    2019 - ongoing Association between avoidance coping strategies and psychosocial adaptation to chronic illness and disability Peer Review Journal of Psychosomatic Research Australia
    2018 - ongoing The effect of psychotherapy on psychological distress in patients with MS, PD and HD; a meta-analysis. Peer Review Journal of Psychosomatic Research Australia
    2015 - 2018 6 papers reviewed Peer Review Australian Journal of Psychology Australia
  • Position: Research Officer
  • Phone: 83136498
  • Email: justyna.pollok@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9062.32
  • Org Unit: School of Public Health

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