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Ph.D., Health and Human Performance, University of Florida
Research and Professional Interests
Dr. Berdychevsky’s research revolves at the nexus of health and wellbeing in leisure and tourism contexts, adopting a gender-sensitive and a life course-grounded approach. In her work, she focuses on risky behaviors and vulnerable populations, exploring the impacts of risk taking on health and wellbeing. Specifically, Dr. Berdychevsky examines two interrelated aspects of health and risk behaviors that have gained little attention in both leisure and tourism literature. First, she investigates sexual behavior and risk taking among young and senior adults in various leisure and tourism contexts. Her research indicates that sexual risk taking is a multidimensional and complex phenomenon and provides recommendations for tailoring gender-sensitive, age-appropriate, and context-specific sexual health education messages. Second, Dr. Berdychevsky studies people’s experiences of violence-related behaviors and other delinquent leisure practices. She investigates the impacts of these behaviors on health and wellbeing and examines various risk and protective factors instrumental for developing prevention and intervention programs. She uses a variety of methodologies in her projects, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Overall, Dr. Berdychevsky’s research contributes to a deeper understanding of the issues associated with sexual risk taking and violence perpetration and victimization and offers directions for health education programs and prevention and intervention methods.
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