Assistant Professor
PhD in Psychology ,  2016, Varna Free University ''Chernorizetz Hrabar" Bulgaria

Dr. Ganka Ivanova, CPsychol is a seasoned professional, residing in Abu Dhabi UAE since 2008 with experience in Higher Education, Research, Training, and psychometric assessment projects management, capability analysis and development,  learning programs quality control, licensing, and institutional effectiveness. She also had the privilege to support various UAE Government projects of MOD, MOI, MOE, ADEC, and Khalifa program, and initiated international research projects, using psychometric assessment tools. Dr Ganka has taught over 5000 students through the years while involving them in CSR events, exhibitions, and other individual growth opportunities that support Government priorities and pillars of development.

Dr Ganka Ivanova has reached the highest possible level in the British Psychological Society, UK  where she is registered as a Chartered Psychologist. She is also a   Full Member of the European Association of Aviation Psychology and a Registered Community Colleges Member of the American Psychological Association, USA.  Dr Ganka possesses Level A and P certifications, from BPS, UK, she is Hogan assessments, MBTI assessments, Saville Wave abilities and personality assessments, MTQ + and ILM assessments certified practitioner certified. In addition, Dr Ganka holds several certifications in Training Projects Management and Quality Control from City and Guilds UK: Certified SAT manager, ILM Quality assurance, and ILM assessor (City and Guilds, UK). She is a CIPD member and setting KPI certified practitioner. In 2022 Dr Ganka became an initiating part of a Global cross-cultural study research team, which involves over 85 Universities Globally where data is gathered with a psychometric assessment tool, designed by a team of psychologists at  AQR International, UK with the intention of findings to result in a  Global competency mapping book.  


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, MF1.1.031



Teaching Areas

Social Psychology,  Psychometric Assessments, Health Psychology, Cross-Cultural

Research and Professional Activities

1. Ivanova G, Alhrahsheh R, Kukov K. Cognitive Deficits: Verbal and Semantic Fluency in People Living with HIV and AIDS. Curr HIV Res. 2023;21(3):202-212. doi: 10.2174/1570162X21666230613124240. PMID: 37312442; PMCID: PMC10556403.

2. Ivanova G, Alhrahsheh R, Abuataleb A, Alazab A.  Teamworking and concern for standards as part of Employability Readiness of the UAE students `personality.  Journal of Social Studies Education and Research  2022: 13 (4),188-208

3. Petrova D, Garrido D, Špacírová Z, Fernández-Martínez NF, Ivanova G, Rodríguez-Barranco M, Pollán M, Barrios-Rodríguez R, Sánchez MJ. Duration of the patient interval in breast cancer and factors associated with longer delays in low-and middle-income countries: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Psychooncology. 2023 Jan;32(1):13-24. doi: 10.1002/pon.6064. Epub 2022 Nov 15. PMID: 36345154; PMCID: PMC10100001.

4. Alhrahsheh, R., Ivanova, G.  Exploring Digital Access as a Social Determinant of Health amongst UAE students. Journal of Social Studies Education Research( 2022), 13(1), 193-216.     -Dr Ganka is  the Corresponding author of this article

5. Ivanova, Ganka; Dimova-Severinova, Doroteya The role of happiness in Applying suggestopedia and fostering the language learning process Journal of Social Studies Education Research  2021:12 (4), 365-383