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S. (Spela) Dolinsek

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
College Communicatiewetenschap

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    My PhD project focuses on health communication in crises (such as the recent pandemic), the impact of threatening health messages on our mental well-being and the social life of health messages.Our aim is to build interventions that amplify health communication by counteracting negative effects on mental well-being. I’m also working on an interdisciplinary RPA project investigating language adaptation of conversational systems to the age of a speaker. Prior to starting my PhD journey, I worked as a junior lecturer teaching several courses at the Communication Science department and was awarded with the award for the Most Creative Lecturer on Zoom in 2021.


    • Persuasive communication  
    • Health communication
    • Covid-19
    • Compliance
    • Mental well-being 

    Research grants & honours

    Most Creative Lecturer on Zoom in 2021

    Teaching & PhD supervision

    IRM (Introduction to research methodology)




  • Publications 2021

    Van der Goot, M., Georgiou, M., Dolinšek, Š., Jansen, L.,Sinclair, A., Fernández, R., & Pezelle, S. (2021, Nov 23-24).Exploring the potential of adapting conversationalsystems to different age groups: A pilot study [Paper presentation]. CONVERSATIONS 2021, Oslo, Norway.

  • Research

    PhD project investigating harmful health communication, the impact of threatening health messages on our mental well-being and the social life of health messages on social media.
    Involved in RPA project investigating adaptation of language used by conversatonal systems to the age of the speaker.

    • Experimental design
    • Literature review
    • Interviews
  • Ancillary activities
    No ancillary activities