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Dafina Petrova

Postdoctoral Researcher

Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center.

University of Granada.


I obtained my PhD from the University of Granada (2016). Before that I completed a degree in psychology at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany (2010) and a research master in psychology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands (2012). I have been a visiting researcher at Michigan Technological University (USA) and Imperial College London (UK).

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center at the University of Granada, where I study risk communication and decision making about healthI am also part of and the Decision Psychology Lab at the University of Oklahoma. 

Selected publications:

Petrova, D., Garcia-Retamero, R., Catena, A., Cokely, E., Heredia Carrasco, A., Arrebola-Moreno, A., & Ramírez Hernández, J. A. (2016). Numeracy predicts risk of pre-hospital decision delay: A retrospective study of acute coronary syndrome survival. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-016-9853-1

Petrova, D., Garcia-Retamero, R., Catena, A., & van der Pligt, J. (2016). To screen or not to screen: What factors influence complex screening decisions? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 22, 247-260. DOI:

Petrova, D., Garcia-Retamero, R., & Catena, A. (2015). Lonely hearts don’t get checked: On the role of social support in screening for cardiovascular risk. Preventive Medicine, 81, 202-208.  DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.09.002

Petrova, D., Garcia-Retamero, R., & Cokely, E. (2015). Understanding harms and benefits of cancer screening: A model of factors that shape informed decision making. Medical Decision Making, 35(7), 847-858.  DOI: 10.1177/0272989X15587676

Petrova, D., & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2015). Effective evidence-based programs for preventing sexually-transmitted diseases: A meta-analysis. Current HIV Research, 13(5), 432-438.  DOI: 10.2174/1570162X13666150511143943

Petrova, D., van der Pligt, J., & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2014). Feeling the numbers: On the interplay between risk, affect, and numeracy. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27(3), 191-199. DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1803