Dr ANDRAS KOLTO

PhD

 
researcher
 

Biography

András Költő is a psychologist and a specialist in health promotion. Currently he works at the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, investigating adolescent sexual and mental health. Beside his postdoctoral research on adolescent mental and sexual health, András teaches in the Health Promotion MA and the Children's Studies BA Programmes.

Until June 2017, András served as Senior Lecturer at ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He is been trained at ELTE as psychologist, a teacher of psychology, and an expert in the psychology of health promotion. He taught several subjects, including affective psychology, research methods, and counselling in health psychology, to undergraduate and graduate students. His main research topic was hypnosis and hypnotic susceptibility. He wrote his PhD dissertation on hypnotic responsiveness and facets of affective processing.

Between 2010 and 2016, he worked at the National Institute of Health Promotion, Budapest, Hungary, where he studied adolescent health in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) WHO collaborative international research project. Since 2017, he serves as Chair of the Sexual Health working group in HBSC.

He volunteered at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Dermato-Oncology between 2011 and 2013, where he was in charge of psychological support of inpatients with skin diseases, and conducted clinical research in psychodermatology. 

As a health psychologist and candidate hypnotherapist he saw clients with psychosomatic, somatisation and skin diseases in his private practice. He also studies the psycho-social aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and other sexual minorities (LGBT+), and provided counselling with LGBT+ clients. 

Research Interests

Adolescent Health
- Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)
- Adolescent mental health
- Adolescent sexual health

Hypnosis
- Hypnotic susceptibility
- Psycho-social and contextual factors associated with hypnotic responsiveness
- Hypnotherapy of psychosomatic disorders

Health Psychology
- Psychosomatics and Psycho-Neuro-Immunology
- Alexithymia
- LGBT health

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Negative feelings about the timing of first sexual intercourse: findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study'
Moreau, N., Költő, A., Young, H., Maillochon, F., & Godeau, E. (2018) 'Negative feelings about the timing of first sexual intercourse: findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study'. International Journal Of Public Health, :1-9 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Changes in the sense of agency during hypnosis: The Hungarian version of the Sense of Agency Rating Scale (SOARS-HU) and its relationship with phenomenological aspects of consciousness'
Kolto, A;Polito, V (2017) 'Changes in the sense of agency during hypnosis: The Hungarian version of the Sense of Agency Rating Scale (SOARS-HU) and its relationship with phenomenological aspects of consciousness'. Consciousness And Cognition, 49 :245-254 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Sexual Health questions included in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study: an international methodological pilot investigation'
Young H, Költő A, Reis M, Saewyc EM, Moreau N, Burke L, Cosma A, Windlin B, Gabhainn SN, Godeau E. (2016) 'Sexual Health questions included in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study: an international methodological pilot investigation'. BMC Medical Research Methodology, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Hungarian Norms for the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A'
Kolto, A;Gosi-Greguss, AC;Varga, K;Banyai, EI (2015) 'Hungarian Norms for the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A'. The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis, 63 :309-334 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'THE INFLUENCE OF TIME AND GENDER ON HUNGARIAN HYPNOTIZABILITY SCORES'
Kolto, A;Gosi-Greguss, AC;Varga, K;Banyai, EI (2014) 'THE INFLUENCE OF TIME AND GENDER ON HUNGARIAN HYPNOTIZABILITY SCORES'. The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis, 62 :84-110 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2019) Health behaviour in school-aged children: Short report on sun and ultraviolet light-related behaviours.
Költő, A., Gavin, A., Kelly, C. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2019) Health behaviour in school-aged children: Short report on sun and ultraviolet light-related behaviours. Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway, Galway. [Details]
(2019) Pre-registered research protocol for the LGBTI+ two phased study: A landscape and knowledge gap analysis of research conducted on Sexual and Gender Minority youth in Ireland and Europe.
Költő, A., Vaughan, E., Ravikumar, D., Kelly, C., O’Sullivan, L., Saewyc, E. M., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2019) Pre-registered research protocol for the LGBTI+ two phased study: A landscape and knowledge gap analysis of research conducted on Sexual and Gender Minority youth in Ireland and Europe. OSF Registries, n.p. [DOI] [Details]
(2018) HBSC Ireland 2014: self-reported height in 8 to 18 years old schoolchildren in Ireland based on the 2014 data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study.
Költő, A., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018) HBSC Ireland 2014: self-reported height in 8 to 18 years old schoolchildren in Ireland based on the 2014 data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland. [Details]
(2018) New questions for the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study in Ireland: Pilot 2018.
Költő, A., Harrington, A., Kavanagh, A., Tyrrell, L. & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018) New questions for the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study in Ireland: Pilot 2018. Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2018) 1st International Scientific Conference on Children and Adolescents' Health - Pedagogical Implications,
Költő, A. (2018) Adolescent romantic attraction and health. [Invited Oral Presentation], 1st International Scientific Conference on Children and Adolescents' Health - Pedagogical Implications, Warsaw, Poland , 20-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018) International MAG Convention: The Image of the Self,
Költő, A., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018) Assessing romantic attraction in adolescents across Europe: Health correlates and practical considerations. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International MAG Convention: The Image of the Self, Lviv, Ukraine , 27-JUN-18 - 29-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018) 32nd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society : Health Psychology Across The Lifespan: Uniting Research, Practice and Policy,
Költő, A., Nic Gabhainn, S. (2018) Romantic attraction and psychosomatic symptoms in adolescents from eight European countries. [Oral Presentation], 32nd Conference of the European Health Psychology Society : Health Psychology Across The Lifespan: Uniting Research, Practice and Policy, Galway, Ireland , 21-AUG-18 - 25-AUG-18. [Details]
(2018) Excellence in Pediatrics Conference, 10th Edition,
Költő, A. (2018) A Persistent Inequality in Gender and Sexual Minority Adolescents’ Health: Evidence from the HealthBehaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study. [Invited Oral Presentation], Excellence in Pediatrics Conference, 10th Edition, Prague, Czech Republic , 06-DEC-18 - 08-DEC-18. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Best Oral Presentation International Network of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), a WHO Collaborative Cross-Cultural Study
2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship, New National Excellence Program Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary
2012 Award for the Best Poster XXI National Scientific Convention of the Hungarian Psychological Association
2007 Third Prize XVIII Conference of Hungarian Scientific Students, Section of Education, Psychology, Culture and Library Science
2007 Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic Ministry of Education, Hungary
2005 Presentation Award XVII Conference of Hungarian Scientific Students, Section of Education, Psychology, Culture and Library Science

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2019-2020 Semester 1 Determinants of Health HP-848
2019-2020 Semester 1 Medical Professionalism 1 MD139
2019-2020 Semester 1 Health and Disease 2 MD302
2018-2019 Semester 2 Adolescents in Ireland: Healthy and risky behaviours 1819-CN2100
2018-2019 Semester 1 Determinants of Health 1819-HP848
2018-2019 Semester 1 Children and Health 1819-CN1100