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Konstadina Griva


Associate Professor Konstadina Griva
Principal Investigator, Health Psychology / Behavioural Medicine
​Research Programme: Population & Global Health


  • ​​​​Zack Goh Zhong Sheng, Research Assistant
  • Chia Ming Xuan Jace, Research Assistant
  • Chua Zi Yang, Research Assistant
  • Lester Lai, Research Assistant


Associate Professor Konstadina Griva [MSC (Kings College London & University College London, UK) PhD (University College London, UK)] is an Associate Professor of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to this appointment, she has served as an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore (2007-2017) before joining LKCMedicine in January 2018. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Health Sciences, City University of London, UK and the Jockey School of Public Health and Primary Care, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.

She a is a chartered Health Psychologist (CPsychol) and an internationally recognised researcher in the field of Psychonephrology, which is an appreciation of the psychological and social issues affecting those living with the physical burden of kidney disease.  Her work with patients with long-term conditions has spanned over two decades, and while her earlier work was on measuring and mapping key patient outcomes and understanding patient experience, ultimately the goal remains to put research in the service of patients and providers. 

“The priority has always been the development of programs to help patients with long-term conditions to get the best from treatment by supporting optimal adherence or better aligning existing health services to patients’ needs”. 

The HEDSMART program (Hemodialysis Self-Management Randomised trial) developed and implemented in collaboration with National Kidney Foundation Singapore, received a research award by European Renal Association and European Renal and Dialysis Transplantation (ERA-EDTA) (2013) (Top 10 Research papers).

In 2016, she received the FASS Excellent Researcher Award (ERA), National University of Singapore. Read more hereIn 2019, she was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of European Health Psychology Society, the highest grade of membership, in recognition of her contributions to the field of Health Psychology. Read more here​

A health services researcher, A/Prof Griva has a strong track record in extramural funding (e.g. Venerable Yen Pei National Kidney Foundation; NMRC Health Services Research Grant) and in initiating and leading collaborative research projects.

She has been a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2013, and has been delivering communication and motivational interviewing training services, since 2005, within the health and social care, and education sector, both in UK and Singapore. She is most interested in designing and implementing sustainable motivational interviewing initiatives within health organizations to improve care, patient engagement and working environment for care teams.

Research Focus

​​Her research program focuses on specifying factors that promote psychological and physical health and the application of psychological theory to behaviour change. It comprises three broadly defined areas – and the integration between them:

  • Models which help conceptualise and predict adjustment outcomes to chronic illness and associated treatments from both patient and family perspectives.
  • The development and evaluation of theory-based, pragmatic interventions to improve population health and to optimise treatment adherence and engagement with care in patient populations.
  • The development and evaluation of measurement tools for patient populations – see Transplant Effects Questionnaire.

Studies are ongoing in a range of long-term conditions including diabetes, kidney disease, rheumatologic disease, and cancer.

Selected Publications

Griva K, Nandakumar M, Ng JH, et al. (2018). Hemodialysis Self-management Intervention Randomised Trial (HED-SMART): A Practical Low-intensity intervention to improve adherence and clinical markers in patients receiving Hemodialysis​. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 71(3), 371-381

Griva K, Stygall J, Wilson MH, et al. (2017). Caudwell Xtreme Everest: A prospective study of the effects of environmental hypoxia on cognitive functioningPLOS ONE. 12(3):e0174277.

GrivK, Goh CS, Kang WCA, et al. (2016). Quality of life and emotional distress in patients and burden in caregivers: a comparison between assisted peritoneal dialysis and self-care peritoneal dialysis. Quality of Life Research. 2016;25(2):373-84.

Ng HJ, Tan WJ, ... Griva K. (2015). Prevalence and patterns of depression and anxiety in hemodialysis patients: A 12-month prospective study on incident and prevalent populations. British Journal of Health Psychology. 20(2):374-95.

Co MA, Tan LSM, ..., Griva K, et al. (2015). Factors associated with psychological distress, behavioral impact and health-related quality of life among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Diabetes Complications. 29(3):378-83.

Griva K, Li ZH, Lai AY, et al. (2013). Perspectives of patients, families, and health care professionals on decision-making about dialysis modality-the good, the bad, and the misunderstandings! Peritoneal Dialysis International. 33(3):280-9.

Griva K, Lai AY, Lim HA, et al. (2014). Non-adherence in patients on peritoneal dialysis: A systematic review. PLOS ONE. 9(2):e89001.

Griva K, Davenport A & Newman SP. (2013). Health-Related Quality of Life and Long-Term Survival and Graft Failure in Kidney Transplantation: A 12-​Year Follow-Up Study. Transplantation. 95(5):740-9.

Griva K, Davenport A, Harrison M, et al. (2012). Non-adherence to immunosuppressive medications in kidney transplantation: Intent Vs. forgetfulness and clinical markers of medication intake. Annals of Behavioural Medicine. 44(1):85–93.

Griva K, Stygall J, Hankins M, et al. (2010). Cognitive impairment and 7-year mortality in dialysis patients. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 56(4):693–703.​

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