Bettina F. Piko
Bettina F. Piko holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and is currently an Associate Professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Szeged, Hungary. She was born in Szeghalom, Hungary in 1966. She received her M.D. degree (1991) in general medicine and an M.A. degree (1996) in sociology from University of Szeged and a Ph.D. degree (1999) in clinical psychology and psychiatry from Semmelweis University, Budapest. Piko's main research fields embrace social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. Her recent research interests include risk and protective factors of adolescent depression, social support, coping and mental health, familial and religious influences of adolescent mental health, adolescent substance use, and psychosocial inequalities in health. She is also interested in preventive issues of adolescent mental health problems with special emphasis put on the positive psychology approach. She teaches medical students, among others, the following courses: addictions; mental health promotion; introduction to preventive medicine and behavioral sciences; medical anthropology; in addition to courses on deviance and medical sociology for sociology students. In 2000, Piko spent a semester at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Ala, USA as a Visiting Research Professor.
Biography Updated on 21 June 2011