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Dr Ana Nikcevic

Senior lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University

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Dr Nikcevic is a practising psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council, chartered health psychologist of the British Psychology Society, as well as an accredited Cognitive Behaviour therapist. Her research interests include: psychological aspects of pregnancy and pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, termination of pregnancy), development of interventions to enhance psychological well-being during and after pregnancy, and following traumatic pregnancy-related events.  She is also interested in the psychological impact of reproductive technologies on women and their partners (pregnancy scanning, antenatal testing). More recently she has initiated a project examining the psychological processes involved in the maintenance of smoking behaviour.

Her work as a cognitive behaviour therapist sees her deal with adults with a range of psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, eating disorders. CBT is a form of therapy that is based on concepts and principles derived from psychological models of human emotions and behaviour. At times of distress, people often start to think differently about themselves; their thoughts and behaviour can become extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how a person feels. The aim of CBT is to identify and change such unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving. In doing this, the result is often a major improvement in how a person feels and lives.


Year gained Subject
2003 2003 Pg Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University
2002 PhD in Psychology, King's College, London.
1999 1999 Pg Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy, University College, London.
1997 1997 Cert in Family and Couple Therapy, University of London.
1996 1996 Msc (Dist) in Health Psychology, City University, London.
1992 BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University of Belgrade.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2003 - 2004 Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Kingston University Counselling Services
2003 - Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Centre, London
2003 - Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Kingston University
2002 - 2003 Lecturer in Psychology, Kingston University
1998 - 2001 Visiting Lecturer in Psychology, Dep. of Psychology, City University, London
1998 - 2000 Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Dep. of Psychiatry, University College, London
1995 - 2001 Research Associate and Counsellor, Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, KIngs College Hospital Medical School, London
1992 - 1993 Research Assistant, Institute of Medicine and Health, Podgorica


Fernie, B. A., Spada, M. M., Nikčević, A. V., Georgiou, G. & Moneta, G. B. (in press - 2009). Metacognitive beliefs about procrastination: development and concurrent validity of a self-report questionnaire. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

             Alfaraj Isa, A.M.A., Spada, M.M., Nikčević, A.V., Puffett, A., & Meer, S. (2009). Positive beliefs aboutrumination in depressed and non-depressed pregnant women: a Preliminary Investigation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 27, 54-60.

             Nikčević,, A.V. & Spada, M.M. Metacognitions across the continuum of smoking dependence (2008). Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, 36, 333-339.

             Spada, M.M., Langston, B., Nikčević,A.V., & Moneta, G. B. (2008). The role of metacognitions in problematic internet use.  Computers and Human Behaviour, 24, 2325-2335.

             Spada, M. M., Nikčević,A. V., Moneta, G. B. & Wells, A. (2008). Metacognition, perceived stress, and negative emotion. Personality & Individual Differences, 44, 1172-1181.

             Spada, M. M., Nuamah, F., Luty, J. & Nikčević,A. V. (2008). Changes in expectancies before and after inpatient chemical detoxification for alcohol dependence. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 7, 157-161.

             Nikčević,A.V., Kuczmierczyk, A. R. & Nicolaides, K. H. (2007). The influence of medical and psychological interventions on women's distress after early pregnancy loss. Journal of Psychosomatic Research.63, 283-290.

             Spada, M. M., Nikčević,A. V., Moneta, G. B. & Wells, A. (2007). Metacognition as a mediator of the effect of emotion on smoking dependence. Addictive Behaviors. 32, 2120-2129.

             Nikčević,A. V., Kramolisova-Advani, J. & Spada, M. M. (2007). Early childhood experiences and current emotional distress: what do they tell us about aspiring psychologists? The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 141, 25-34.

Media Highlights

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour: "Why do we keep silent about early miscarriage?" (May 2009).

Professional Body Membership

Practitioner Psychologist (Health Professions Council)

Chartered Health Psychologist (British Psychological Society)

Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (BABCP)

Registered psychotherapist (UKCP)       

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