Joanna Brzezińska is HEAL’s consultant on Health and Transport in Poland, working on highlighting the contribution of the transport sector to ill-health, and on health sector engagement for healthy mobility.
Joanna is a psychologist with a double masters in public health from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield (UK) and École des hautes études en santé publique in France. As part of an internship, she conducted air pollution policy research in New Delhi at The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (a unit of National Centre for Scientific Research in France and the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs).
She gained experience within many polish NGOs as a psychologist, trainer and coordinator. She supported teenagers and their families on behavioural changes and trained health professionals in a Nationwide Programme for Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Diseases Prevention “PoZdro” of Medicover Foundation, and trained seniors in cognitive functions at Third Age Universities. She also gave psychological support to activists and professionals engaged in climate change.
Joanna is particularly interested in the link between mental health, climate and the environment and the need for social sciences perspective in tackling climate change, which she has been raising through several communication channels.