Helena Pipová

Helena Pipová

Helena Pipová, Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology, Department of Psychology, Palacký University Olomouc


As a young girl growing up in a small Czech village and observing life around me, I was always fascinated by how people could lose their lives to different types of addictions. As a young psychology student, I chose to research food addiction (BA) and later the topic of spirituality and religiosity and its connection to health (MA).

Now I am a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology and my research is more broadly focused on disturbed relationships with food and body image in adolescents. Another topic that has captured my interest is obesity stigma.

I spent one year at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, and one year at the University of Kentucky, USA. And I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to now work on my dissertation thesis here at the University of Alberta. 

I have published two academic papers and two books, one as the main author which was focused on adolescents’ relationships to food and the second focused on adolescents’ internet gaming disorder, as a coauthor. In 2020 I was recognized by the Endowment Fund of Palacký University Olomouc. 

I have worked as a school psychologist, have studied intensive psychotherapy, and have had 5 years training in Logotherapy and existential analysis inspired by Victor Emil Frankl to become a psychotherapist.

I love traveling and different cultures and I enjoy music concerts, including attending classical music concerts with the Czech community at the Winspear, and film festivals. I’m an avid sportsperson and I love running the trails of River Valley, going for cross-country skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and cycling, and I love drinking matcha lattes and eating sushi.


E-mail: pipova@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 825-439-9479
University of Alberta
Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies
Arts & Convocation Hall
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2E6