Dr Cleo Protogerou

Ph.D. (Bath, UK)


I primarily study sexual risk-taking behaviours among young people and across settings. I have conducted such research in South Africa (University of Cape Town), Britain (Universities of Bath and Liverpool), the States (University of Connecticut), and Greece (Panteion University), where I investigated psycho-social determinants of university students’ condom use, and evaluated the efficacy of adolescent HIV-prevention interventions.

My research interests further expand on the following areas: the intersection of health and social psychology; risk-taking behaviours in young people, especially the investigation of condom use and substance among Southern African populations; the application of theories of social cognition to the study of condom use in different cultural contexts, especially Southern Africa; the study of condom and contraceptive use among young people with cardiac disease; psychological intervention development and evaluation; the combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods; meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and ‘meta-reviews’.

Current projects:

  • The study of personal and parental religiosity influences on safer-sex behaviours among young Botswana Pentecostal Church goers. Collaborators: Elias Mpofu, University of Sydney, Australia; Fidelis Nkomazana, Musa Dube, Oratile Nkomazana, University of Botswana, Botswana.
  • The development of an integrated theoretical model of condom use in Sub-Saharan African youth. Collaborator: Martin S. Hagger, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

I am a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the European Health Psychology Society.

Selected publications

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Protogerou, C., Fleeman, N., Dwan, K., Richardson, M., Dundar, Y., & Hagger, M.S. (2015). Moderators of psychological intervention efficacy on depression and anxiety in cardiac surgery patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 73, 151-164.

Protogerou, C., Mpofu, E., Nkomazana, F., Dube, M., & Nkomazana, O. (2015). Personal and parental religiosity influences on HIV prevention behaviour among Pentecostal Botswana  youth. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Protogerou, C., Flisher, A. J., & Wild, L.G. (2014). Factors shaping condom use among South African university students: A thematic analysis. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 24(3), 215-224.

Protogerou, C., & Johnson, B.T. (2014). Factors underlying the success of behavioral HIV-prevention interventions for adolescents: A meta-review. AIDS and Behavior, 18(10), 1847-1863.

Protogerou, C., Flisher, A. J., Wild, L.G., & Aarø, L. E. (2013). Predictors of condom use in South African university students: A prospective application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, E23–E36.

Protogerou, C., Flisher, A. J. Aarø, L. E., & Mathews, C. (2012). The Theory of Planned Behaviour as a framework for predicting sexual risk behaviour in sub-Saharan African youth: A critical review. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 24(1), 15-35.

Protogerou, C; Flisher, A.J.; Wild, L; Aarø, L. E. (2012). Using Structural Equation Modeling to investigate condom use predictors in South African young adults. Psychology and Health, 27, 309-310.

Protogerou, C., & Flisher, A. J. (2012). Bullying in schools. In A. van Niekerk, S. Suffla & M. Seedat (Eds.), Crime, violence and injury in South Africa: 21st century solutions for child safety (pp.119-133).Tygerberg: MRC-University of South Africa Safety & Peace Promotion Research Unit.

Protogerou, C., Flisher, A. J., & Morojele, N. K. (2012). Evaluated interventions to prevent substance abuse among young South Africans. In G. Ellis, D. Stein, E. Meintjies & K. Thomas (Eds.), Substance use and abuse in South Africa, perspectives from brain-behaviour and other disciplines. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Protogerou, C., & Turner-Cobb, J. (2011). Predictors of non-condom use intentions by university students in Britain and Greece: the impact of attitudes, time perspective, relationship status, and habit. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23(2), 91-106.